I’ve got a new lady…


  … another chook, of course… I always find it a struggle to introduce new chooks to the flock. These girls are worse than being at high school and that was rough. This chook, who we’ve named Amelia, is a sister to Dores, the ever more infamous mistress of our flock. share2steem via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BxmGmSjlB0J/

New wicking beds


The last couple of weeks have seen big changes in the front garden. After the mulching and new paths, I was looking at what scrap material we had and found two half pickle barrels. So… I reused some of the gravel, some plastic that I was gifted, old PVC pipe, polypipe and shade cloth to…

Bye Mercy!


This afternoon, I found Mercy, our oldest chook dead in the middle of the run. She was coming up on 4 years old. There were no obvious marks or fluids, no sign of a struggle, so I hope it was a painless death. I’ve been remiss in spending time with the girls lately as there…

Modularity rules!


One of the great things about aquaponics is that you can design a high degree of modularity and redundancy into your system. Am example is our floating raft beds – the plants in them aren’t doing so well now that the cooler weather is here. I noticed that, in these conditions, the Azolla was thriving….

Two and a quarter!


Over the last week, I’ve put in new edging along the main garden paths. Folks kept tripping over the old pavers that we were using for the job – it was a bit of a health hazard! I wanted to do it in one hit and, after a couple of days searching recycling and scrap…

Busy times…


It’s been a busy week here. I’ve added a second tap in the front yard and divided the drip irrigation into three, smaller, sectors each with its own tap. This should make water use a lot more efficient next Summer as we can easily isolate parts of the garden now in case the weather gets…