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

Three Surprises in the Paddock

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About a month ago we had been off farm for a few days and when we returned we discovered that one of our steer calves had set himself free by getting through the electric fence – or perhaps around the electric fence – into the hay paddock!  He was quite happily munching and consuming his […]

Farm

Happy Birthday Farm!

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This weekend just gone we celebrated owning our farm for one year. We invited our friends down who had helped us in our first year, to help us celebrate. People have been so generous with their time and energy helping us to establish our dream.  Some of the things they have helped us with have […]

Bees

Pumpkin Pollination

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Until this summer I have never managed to get any pumpkins off my pumpkin vines.  Each spring I diligently plant several varieties of pumpkins with optimism and hope.  Each year I get a run of pumpkin vine spilling out over the edge of the veggie garden, headed north east in search of something – sunlight […]

Bees

Picnic for the Bees

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We have many beautiful trees on our farm.  I estimate we have around 2 hectares, or 5 acres, of natural bush land, untouched by human development.  Most of it is in one area at the back of our proposed house block, and we have a wide strip of native scrub down the side of our lane […]

Food

Summer Veg

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I love this time of the year, not because I particularly like the sometimes harsh temperatures of a South Australian summer, but rather because I love growing my own food and at this time of the year, the summer veggies are all coming along and we are picking more tomatoes and zucchinis than we can […]