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A few tips on how to keep rats and mice out of your chook house.

As soon as the temperatures start to drop in Autumn and during the cold months, especially if there is rain as well, I will often find evidence of mice in my chicken house. Totally understandable from their perspective, it is warm and dry, safe from predators and there is a constant food supply. Rodents are a…

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Mulch-a great addition to the garden but only if it is weed free.

I use mulch everywhere in the garden. In the vegetable garden, the orchard, the cutting garden and ornamental areas. What is mulch- It is anything that covers the soil and excludes light. It is usually some form of organic matter, but it can also be inorganic, such as stones or pebbles. Stones are only suitable…

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Wonderful Wombok.

Chinese cabbage or Wombok (Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis) is a wonderful cool season crop. It is the perfect late summer/autumn crop as they prefer warmish temperatures of around 18- 20 to become established and grow. They will start to form a head as soon as the temperature drops to an average of 14- 16 degrees…

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March Madness.

Early Autumn is by the far the busiest time of the year for me in the productive garden. In winter I have most of my major crops in so just do a little continuous planting of the quick harvest crops and spring though busy doesn’t have the franticness of autumn and summer is a slow…

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Why I have decided not to grow Kale this year.

I am just a bit over Kale. We are bombarded through the media with a constant dialogue on the benefits of, and recipes for this vegetable, but frankly I do not like it. Give me a plate of steamed Broccoli any day. I have been growing Kale for the past 5 or 6 years, being…

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How to make a herbal wreath.

I love to give homemade gifts for Christmas and one of my favourites is my herbal wreath. It is very decorative but also useful as the herbs I use dry beautifully whilst hanging on the front door over the festive season and then can be taken inside and used in the kitchen for months otherwards.…

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Why I will be growing more purple and red varieties of vegetable this season.

If you regularly follow my blog you will know I have a bit of a love affair with purple /red vegetables When I lasted looked I permanently grow: • Blueberries • Purple asparagus • Rhubarb with it brilliant red stems • Reb leafed sorrel • Figs And annually I regularly grow: • Purple potatoes, carrots…

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What I am planting this week – 24th July.

Whilst we have had some cool morning in the past week, the days have been quite warm. This type of weather always lulls me into a false sense of security and I start wanting to plant some warm season crops such as beans and carrots- but the ground is still too cold for these to…

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A delicous Spinach Salad

After picking a bunch of English spinach the other day I was looking for a new recipe to use it in and came across this recipe from Ocean Spray. It looked stunning was easy to put together so why not. As I rummaged through my cupboards and realised I did not have all the ingredients…

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What to plant this week, 15th July.

Here in the Southern Highlands with nearly three weeks of frost, some severe, the ground is too cold to be doing and direct seed sowing this week. So this week I will be planting seeds into punnets of Asian greens, Broccoli, snow peas, English spinach, rocket and coriander. Now the English spinach, rocket and coriander…

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