Nettles…. Mmmmmm


Nettles… Fresh picked from our front yard and washed… Just delicious! These go in the dryer. Tomorrow’s lot are for compost tea. It’s much easier to pick the fresh, young nettles than it is to pick and process older ones. All you need to do is wash the dirt off of the roots and they’re…

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…

Our indoor, hydro garden


It’s getting cold outside, so who wants to go and harvest in the rain for dinner? Not me. The solution…an indoor hydro garden for the stuff we use the most. Of course, we wanted an aquaponics setup to mirror the big, outdoor one but weren’t sure how the fish would go under artificial light at…

Jelina was on SBS


The always smiling Jelina was interviewed by SBS radio about her long term friendship with Aunty Ellen Trevorrow and her relationship with Indigenous folk. Here’s the interview

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….