Chooks

5 Ways to help your chickens through a hot spell

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It’s spring here in Australia as I write this and we’ve had 4 days in a row over 33ºC (around 90ºF) and while it has mostly cooled off overnight, the days have been unexpectedly warm for early November. Fortunately I have been able to keep a close eye on the girls to make sure they […]

Bees

Plants that attract Bees to your Garden

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I love having bees in my garden. Once I have planted my veggie garden for the season, one of the most important things to be done is to sit back and let nature take its course. Bees play a vital role in the food chain, offering their pollination services in exchange for nectar and honey. […]

Farm

Waiting for Solstice

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I love winter, sitting inside watching the rain,  cool evenings when I can light the fire and curl up with my knitting and a bit of Netflix or ABC iView catching up on my favourite programs. And I love the crisp clear days when the sun shines and I can get outside and do some […]

Cooking

Autumn Harvest

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I love this time of year. There seems to be a promise in the air.  The nights start cooling off and the days are warm and clear. We even had some rain last night which has cooled the whole garden down and given us some hope that dry earth is not all we will have […]

Food

Rhubarb and Walnut Cake

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One of the things I love the most about growing some of my own food is the sense of satisfaction and joy that I get in using those things in my cooking.  This morning I decided the rhubarb was ready and, knowing how much my husband LOVES rhubarb, I decided to bake one of my […]

Farm

Our first produce for sale!

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For some months now I have been attempting to grow some produce that can be sold. We have a wonderful shop in our local town which supports and promotes local growers and fresh organic produce. I have been an irregular customer of theirs for some years in their other shop on the other side of […]

Gardening

A new garden

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One of the challenges I have faced since moving to the farm is that I have had to start from scratch with my veggie garden. Instead of benefiting from the previous year’s soil conditioning, chook manure and green growth dug through the soil making friable black dirt, I have started with a heavy clay soil. […]