The new dairy shed

Our helper Matt is not only a 1st rate farm hand, but a pretty decent photographer. This is the frame of the new dairy shed, captured in the evening light. I do love the view from my office most days.

Improvised bug shield

We had a great run through most of summer free of white butterflies (and their broccoli-eating caterpillars) but that run ended. This is our attempt to keep the butterflies off our tender brassica seedlings and I have to say it worked out pretty well for an impromptu solution. We used some old bird netting, some [...]

Broccoli aplenty

Despite the very unsettled spring weather (or more likely because of it) we’ve had our best year ever for brassicas. It seems that a cold, long winter killed off most of the white butterflies and the last few months of weird weather has disrupted the life cycles of those that survived. We’ve seen perhaps only [...]

Yard construction

With Niall staying for a week after New Year it seemed like a good opportunity to knock off another item on Karen’s to do list – new yards. Much like the stables, I think once these are done we’ll find a lot more uses for them than just putting horses in them now and then.To [...]

We finally have a garden gate

I don’t usually get so excited about a bit of fencing but this one has been on my to-do list since we arrived. No more will helpers (or us) need to climb the electric fence to get to the back garden. Here’s the before pic of the fence line we used to traverse regularly. Like [...]

New Pig House

Our weaner pigs have been growing pretty quickly so it was time for them to have some more permanent accommodation. Their first house was this hastily built hay bale house. It worked out really well with great insulation and it was very easy to build and expand. All we needed was some old bales of [...]

Winter planting

With Autumn well and truly upon us it’s time to get more winter veg in the ground. Aiko and Fizz the helpful gardening cat are filling planter pots for all the seedlings to come. Some of the seedlings waiting to go out in the garden. Aiko planting brassicas in the beds where the potatoes were. [...]

Lessons from the garlic harvest

Our garlic harvest was pretty modest this year. Considering the neglect it had to put up with I’m surprised we got any at all, let alone harvesting more than we planted. Next planting we’ll definitely do better but here are a few lessons we’ve gleaned: Prepare the bed well. Don’t just turn over some sod [...]

Preserving apples

Our rural road is about 5km long and has many “wild” apple trees growing along the roadsides. Presumably over the decades, children waiting for the school bus have dropped their apple cores and some have resulted in apple trees. While it’s unclear who actually owns the resulting apples, they do seem to go to waste [...]

The Heart of the House

It’s been a long time coming but our wood range is finally installed and working. More details soon, but here’s our first fire in preparation for our first wood-fired cup of tea.