Organic

T is for Tomatillo

April 15, 2019 // 3 Comments

Yes, tomatillo, pronounced “tomatiyo”. They are a bit novel and interesting. Fortunately our local hardware “green shed” occasionally stocks a small shelf of [...]

Re-raising vegetable beds

April 8, 2019 // 12 Comments

No, we’re not making the raised beds any higher – we’re re-populating the raised beds as no-dig beds from the ground up. The end goal is to have all the beds ready for [...]

Coop hygiene

April 4, 2019 // 3 Comments

Coop hygiene is of crucial importance. Stuff this up and you can get serious diseases affecting your birds, even yourself, potentially even resulting in their death. Harsh [...]

The last path

March 28, 2019 // 4 Comments

When I was a young teenager my friend introduced me to “The Last Waltz”, a recording of the last live performance of a Canadian band simply called “The Band” (which [...]

DIY chicken coop

March 25, 2019 // 2 Comments

Of late I’ve been feeling more like a cross between a chicken farmer and a carpenter. Not that I mind doing either – I quite enjoy these two roles. So the time has [...]

G is for Grapes

March 21, 2019 // 6 Comments

When we moved into Homeland we inherited a grapevine that was slam-bang in the middle of the vegetable patch. Not only did we read that certain vegetables do not like grapes [...]

Pre-autumn activity

March 18, 2019 // 4 Comments

Technically we are still having late summer (season of eels *), but we’ll optimistically call it early autumn. We haven’t had any real rain yet – literally just a [...]

C is for Corn and Cucumber

March 14, 2019 // 1 Comment

This season we just seem stuck in A, B, C. I mean you can still call a capsicum a pepper, a courgette a baby marrow – oops, that doesn’t help much; I mean a zucchini – [...]

Fowl maths

March 8, 2019 // 1 Comment

I was really intrigued by an image I saw recently that stated a “free-range” chicken needs at least 2sq feet, while a “pasture-raised” hen needs more than 108sq feet [...]

Efficiency vs Regeneration

March 4, 2019 // 1 Comment

It is very noble to drive for sustainability, using permaculture approaches to work with nature and growing as much of your organic food as you can. It’s fun, healthy and [...]