This worked. I got a piece of yearling topside, from Austral meat. Trimmed it and cut it into strips - like the strips you'd cut for a stirfry. Overnight marinade - soy sauce, extra salt, honey, plus some ketjap manis (sweet soy).
Next day when juice is fully absorbed, get it into a dehydrator on full heat. Normally for about 12 hours.
Great quality and really handy for traveling where I HATE getting skinned by eating in restaurants.
I took him some plants and produce over the last little while and Steve came back with about 17 agave 'pups'. Well they'll die if you ignore them, but no joke grow them for a year and they're worth $20 each. Not, really that I'd sell them but as with my dad it shits me to pay big bucks for things I can grow.
Heyne's, Newman's and Vadoulis' is full of people willing to pay top dollar for things I get for free - sometimes I'm one of them. So go the agaves!
This has to be the worst pest on my list. They get on the back of stone fruit and - in this case - tamarillo and suck away. The suck moisture out of the leaves, which shrivel, they suck energy out if the plant. And they're damn hard to get rid of. Sprays, dusts, they never seemed to work. And they I heard about Confidor as a drench. Forget spraying it - didn't work for me. But when I mixed it normal strength and then watered it into the rootzone - kapow!
So I'm cautiously optimistic that I might have found a way to battle my most challenging insect pest.
It's a 3 year plan in Adelaide. There's a "tough as old boots" Jamaican lime in behind this two year old Imperial mandarin.
1/ don't plant in the cold
2/ don't disturb the roots
3/ plenty of sun
4/ plenty of water
5/ fertilise monthly in late spring through autumn
6/ foliar spray zinc/manganese once a year
6a/ perhaps some very expensive iron chelate once or twice a year
7/ use confidor maybe every six weeks to stop your leaves curling from thrips
8/ your fresh green leaves in spring and summer are your future. See above, the old dark green to the left will soon be pruned at the trunk
9/ in winter don't let the roots get too wet and cold at the same time
10/ whatever you do, keep leaves on it. Don't be in a hurry to prune too soon. I've never seen one recover from bare stems.
11/ I paint the sunward bark with any waterbased paint in spring to reduce sunburn.
It's worth persevering, they're tough and rewarding once they get through their fractious childhood.