About Kat’s Garden

In 2019, I moved with my partner to The Outpost, located in Te Hiku (Far North), New Zealand. We have 15ha, including over 5ha of native bush. My aim is to turn it into a thriving native ecosystem and food basket.

At the moment, it is still mostly grass, however we’ve planted hundreds of trees since we’ve been here. It’ll take a few years to realise the goal, but we’re well on the way.

I hold qualifications in Organic Horticulture; Horticulture; New Zealand Native Plants; and lifestyle farming. I am currently completing a landscaping certificate via Southern Institute of Technology.


Meet the Family

Kat and Richard met like any modern couple, on Tinder in 2016. After a year of long-distance romance, they moved into their first shared home in Waipu in 2017.

In 2019, they packed up their entire life into a 20ft container, and took their cats and chickens to move 2 hours further north.

Richard is a small-motor mechanic, which means he’s in charge of all the machines. Having him around means things get done a little quicker.

His special talent is the ease with which he has with all animals. Kat calls him Doctor Doolittle, and it’s one of the reasons she fell for him.

Samurai, aka Sam, aka King Sam, aka ‘The Big One’ is a former feral kitten who we found under a car on the farm in Waipu, and the first member of the zoo to join us. 

Sam has since grown into a monster and is occasionally mistaken for a possum. He likes sleeping in dirty laundry, and disappearing before his curfew.

Sabre got her name by taking a chunk out of Kat’s finger when she was young. She was found under a house on death’s door. A fairly significant vet bill later, we had two kittens.

Over time, this anxious kitty has become a homebody, giving some of the best hugs around. She is Kat’s Nip’s biggest fan, and often gets to the source before Kat has a chance to harvest it.

Patu, aka fart-bum, aka ‘the little one’ was the last to join our brood.

He was originally caught by our neighbour in the milking shed, but later started sneaking into our house for biscuits, and eventually moved himself in.

Patu enjoys climbing poles, chasing chickens, and attacking Kat’s hands as she gardens.

roxy sleeping

Roxy was born on the farm next door. She was an accident between a Rottweiler mother, and Huntaway farm dog.

Roxy moved onto The Outpost at 6 weeks old, and has developed a taste for mischief and jumping fences like a thoroughbred

Roxy enjoys chasing ducks, pretending her ears are painted on, cat biscuits, and whatever you are eating.

At this point in time we have 6 chooks – Judith, Metiria, Jacinda, Siouxie, Chlöe, and Hilary.

Each chicken is named after a strong woman and can be identified by a coloured leg-ring.

Judith (blue) is most likely to peck you, Metiria (green) lays the bung eggs and then eats them. We got Jacinda for $10 outside a hardware store and we’re pretty sure she was for sale because she is cunning and an escape artist. They are our oldest chooks..

Chlöe (orange), Hilary (yellow), and Siouxie (purple) were adopted into The Outpost in 2020 and we’re still figuring them out.

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