Purple!


After the recent rabbit rampage and Amelia’s on again off again residency in the garden, we’ve got some replanting do! So it was off to Bunnings yesterday where Jelina fell in love. Not with me again , not with some handsome swarthy gentleman or woman, but with Brassicas! Her favourite colour is purple, so imagine…

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…

Vlog 3: Surviving the heat


It’s the last Vlog of the year and it’s a hot one. This time, I cover the ways we keep the garden and critters watered and cool. At this stage of the game, we don’t need to artificially shade any of the plants. The garden was designed so that after two or three years, the…

Something strange over the gardenĀ 


After the success of the plastic Owl in the backyard, I decided to go one step further and grab us a flying one.  These are quite a clever design, essentially they’re a plastic Owl head on a windsock with wings that stretch a metre wide.  I’ve installed it on a 4 metre length of electrical…

I made a video “A fairly detailed wander”


I’ve been playing around with short videos lately, being kind of behind the times with all this media stuff. Anyway, take a trip around the garden as I rabbit on about the plants therein. I think I cover them all. It’s nearly 20 minutes long, so grab your popcorn…

Planting time


The ground’s starting to warm up a little (or did it ever get cold this year?) and its wet as far down as I can shove my hand. That means it’s time to start planting. We’ve been itching for this because this year, the garden will be in full swing. Nearly everything is where we…

Blue Eggs!


Dolores, our new chook, laid her first egg today. In fact, she was so enthusiastic that she laid two (though probably not at once…). They are coloured blue because she’s got Araucana somewhere in her heritage. They’re not quite the tone in the pic, that’s a bit intense because of when and where I took…

Freezing veggies for the worms


Our friend, Annie, who breeds composting worms gave me a great tip a while back. It’s one I’ve been following and it works a treat. The tip is to freeze the vegetable scraps that are going to be fed to your worms. Then thaw them before feeding them. Freezing causes the water in the cells…

Grasses everywhere!


We’ve annual grasses coming up everywhere! They’re in the beds, on the footpath, by the fence – they’re all around! But not to worry…there’s no problem. Some may call them weeds and curse the extra workload that they bring but, in fact, I planted all of them. I had a packet of Canary seed given…

A bigger palace for the girls!


I spent most of the day extending the chicken run. It’s a metre longer, 10cms wider and now has a sliding gate rather than the swinging gate that was using a lot room to open. It’s a project that’s been on my mind for a while as the chooks are confined to quarters now and…