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Visiting: Old Mill Road Farm

January 29, 2015 | Farming, Market Garden | 6 comments | Author:

Every now and then we get to visit a small organic farm that truly blows our socks off. Old Mill Road, and the family who farm it, are one of those farms. I think I should let the images speak … Continued

Foraging Seaweed for Home & Garden Use

January 22, 2015 | Foraging, Gardening | 13 comments | Author:

I’m getting cosy with the seaweeds that grow near our place. It seems only fair – I’ve always made a point of understanding what wild land plants and animals are particular to wherever we live – what they indicate, the conditions they … Continued

Making a DIY clip-together Bathtub Aquaponics System

January 19, 2015 | Aquaponics, Gardening, Grow It | 12 comments | Author:

Think making your own aquaponics setup would be too hard and costly? Think again my friends. Here’s a straightforward and easy way to grow some waterwise greens in your home system. We made this super easy and downright cheap aquaponics system … Continued

Weeds in the Garden: What we pull, what we leave, and why

January 15, 2015 | Foraging, Gardening, Kitchen Garden, Vegetable Gardening | 31 comments | Author:

The definition of a weed is subjective, I know. They’re simply plants out of place, after all. And one person’s weed might be another person’s harvest, or food, or medicine. It’s true. However, when it comes to our current backyard … Continued

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review

January 13, 2015 | Animal Systems, Farming, Grow It, Publications | 1 comments | Author:

You Can Farm is probably the Joel Salatin book that kicked off more future farmers than any other, and I have to include us in that count. This book took our attitude to small-scale farming from ‘wouldn’t that be great’ … Continued

4 Ferments to Make This Summer

January 1, 2015 | Fermenting, Food & Fermentation | 6 comments | Author:

Summer downtime is the perfect chance to get fermenting, even if the heat means that everything bubbles like crazy! Check out these 4 recipes for some easy yet delicious ways to get some probiotic action into your kitchen this Summer. … Continued

Common2Us has Too Many Tomatoes – Want Some?

December 30, 2014 | Food & Fermentation, Gardening | 4 comments | Author:

Summer tomato + cucumber glut alert! Our friends at Common2Us in Dural have a problem. They grow amazing organic veggies, and right now they’ve got a little too many. Want some? Christmas holidays are really great but Summer is growing … Continued

Natural Building: some Holiday Reading

December 29, 2014 | Building | 0 comments | Author:

Holidays are a good time to dream about the future, and what you’re going to build one day. Here’s some articles to get you inspired about building with a minimum of money and a maximum of passion for creating natural, living … Continued

Our 12 Favourite Posts – it’s been Quite a Year

December 24, 2014 | Milkwood Farm, Permaculture | 1 comments | Author:

Has this year been a big one for you? It has for us. So much digging, doing, designing, moving, re-settling, replanting and re-thinking. Thank goodness for the inaugural backyard gherkin, which appeared on our back fence trellis the other day, … Continued

This is What Gratitude Looks Like

December 18, 2014 | Food, Food & Fermentation, Gardening, Preserving | 12 comments | Author:

The act of preserving fruit, like gardening, is a hopeful act. It’s a gesture of goodwill to future meals that you plan to have, incorporating a since-past season’s bounty. It’s also darn repetitive (though some would call it calming, I suppose), all … Continued

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