Spring September 2012 Newsletter

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No need for a tropical holiday.

Last week I harvested my first ever crop of sweet potato.

I had always assumed that sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) would never grow in Melbourne as it is a tropical crop. The power of the internet however, persuaded me to give it a try.  I read a blog (can’t find it again so sorry I can’t credit . . . → Read More: No need for a tropical holiday.

Chocolate and Zucchini Cupcakes

The zucchini ready to be made kid acceptable

It is zucchini time of year again. While zucchini and squash can give you vitamin A, vitamin C potassium and folate just to list a few health benifits, my kids won’t yet eat it as a vegetable. So it often gets grated and included in meat balls, pasta . . . → Read More: Chocolate and Zucchini Cupcakes

How much do we understand – or need to?

Not a very practical post today, but rather a way for me to collect my thoughts (you have been warned – potentially rambling blog post ahead; the sort that gives blogging a bad name)

Ever since we started the farm and especially since we started farming organically, I have felt conflicted in many of my beliefs.

Originally the . . . → Read More: How much do we understand – or need to?

Garlic Planting Time

It is time to get the garlic in the ground. We are trying to get all our 1/4 acre planted over this Easter break, which means lots of long days.

Sorry for the poor photo (taken on a phone with dirty hands!) The chickens seem to have stopped pulling the garlic out of the holes after the . . . → Read More: Garlic Planting Time

Organic rodent control

Holly, trainee rodent control manager

With the cooler weather approaching we have already had a family of tiny mice move into the greenhouse. Apparently digging burrows into my potted eggplants make a cosy home.

Since I am assuming that it will only be a matter of time until others move into our larger storage shed, we have . . . → Read More: Organic rodent control

Strange weather, stranger things growing

Walking around the garlic patch last week, thinking about planting again later this year, we came across this. Initial cries of, ‘it’s a chicken foot’ were soon replaced by ‘it smells’.

After poking at it , finding another unopened one and taking photos, we retired inside and consulted ‘A field guide to Australian Fungi’. Appears we might . . . → Read More: Strange weather, stranger things growing

Keep it in a nest

Our last batch of chickens purchased as day old chicks have started laying in the past week. We have provided them with nesting boxes in their house, but we must have missed some important training. A few insist on laying in the strangest places. I removed the garlic drying tray that is the in the photo, . . . → Read More: Keep it in a nest

Mineral Lick design 2.0

A couple of boards above seems to have stopped the urge to jump into the minerals.

The copper has been sampled too, so hoping that this will help the condition of the animals while we start the long term process of improving the pH and soil microbiology.

Lamb surveys the new addition to the . . . → Read More: Mineral Lick design 2.0

Lack of personal leek space

Strange things happen when you forget to think out vegetables. Leeks with bulbs!

These tiny neglected alliums didn’t make it to a vegetable box, but became pasta sauce.

Other leeks, same seed, sown at the same time but tranplanted with adequate personal space between plant, are forming into normal straight plants. Was going to make an analogy . . . → Read More: Lack of personal leek space