Not only does mulch help to suppress weeds in the garden, it also adds organic matter to feed the soil microbes and retain water. I also use mulch on the paths to stop them getting muddy. As more worms have started to make their home in my garden, I find that I regularly have to […]
A friend asked me what was the best way to attract pollinators to her garden. She was thinking about getting a honey bee hive or maybe just attracting native bees. These are your options for improving pollination in your garden.
Did you know what you can get woodstoves that are designed for both heating your house and cooking? We’ve owned two woodstoves now, both with ovens under the fire box for cooking. I hardly ever use our electric oven in winter (and in summer we tend to use the BBQ or the slow cooker because […]
When I started trying to plant seeds, I would look at the climate map and wonder exactly what zone we lived in. In the, we were either sub-tropical or temperate. The only problem was that these have almost exactly opposite planting times! Here’s what I figured out.
The book Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making sets out a guide to developing a holistic goal for your farm or business. I have been reviewing each section of the book, and the next part of discusses the tools that we can use to manage ecosystem processes in brittle and non-brittle environments. These […]
I love the gum trees on our property, but I only recently realised that so many of the trees ARE gum trees. I was lucky enough to pick up a book called Gum: the story of eucalypts and their champions by Ashley Hay. I was hoping to learn about gum trees and how to identify […]