Holistic Management is based on four key insights: 1) The Whole is Greater that the Sum of the Parts 2) Brittle vs Non-brittle Landscapes 3) The Predator-Prey Connection 4) Timing is Everything In this post I discuss how these insights can be applied to improve farm management.
I’ve been making my lip balms with macadamia oil and beeswax (peppermint, lavender and honey flavours), but in winter, they just aren’t strong enough! I get really dry and sore lips in winter, so I need a heavier soothing lip balm for cold and windy weather. Here’s a recipe for winter-strength lip balm.
Its winter and coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is coming up in my garden. Outside of the sub-tropics, coriander is a spring/summer annual, but it quickly bolts in hot weather, so it grows better here in winter. This herbs is known by its Spanish name, cilantro, in the US (and obviously in countries that speak Spanish). Coriander […]
When we first got chickens we thought pure-bred chickens were the best option. We soon found out that they don’t lay as many eggs as they used to (thanks to being bred for looks rather than egg-laying abilities) and so we got some hybrid hens. The hybrids lay well, too well, and are not great […]
I know a lot of people would like to try making soap, but are put off by the cost of ingredients and equipment, the perceived danger of using caustic or the complexity of the recipes. Soap making does not have to be expensive, dangerous or complex. I want to share a few tips to get […]
A beehive (or two) is an excellent addition to a homestead, even in an urban area, as they don’t take up much space. Bees not only provide honey, but also pollination services and beeswax. Since we’ve had a couple of beehives near our vegetable garden I’ve had the best crop of pumpkins and capsicums since […]