About Kat’s Garden

Who we are and how to contact us.

Meet Kat

In 2019, I moved with my partner to The Outpost, located near Kaeo 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; Lifestyle Farming; and Landscape Design.

I work part-time as a gardener, and am always interested in helping people combine native and edible plants to create sustainable ecosystems.

Lately I’ve developed an interest in my family genealogy and sometimes I write about that here too. If you’ve found me because we’re related, I’d love to hear from you – drop me a line in the contact box below.

 

Kat

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, is a former feral kitten. Richard found under a car in Waipu. He was the first member of the zoo to join us.

Sam is occasionally mistaken for a possum. He likes pats in laps, sleeping in dirty laundry, and disappearing before 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 as a feral kitten. A fairly significant vet bill later, we had two cats.

Over time, this anxious kitty has become a homebody, giving some of the best smooches around. She has the softest fur and is Kat’s Nip’s biggest fan!

Patu was originally caught by a neighbour under a bucket in the milking shed. Later, he began sneaking into our house for biscuits, eventually moving himself in and coming with us to The Outpost.

Patu enjoys climbing trees, chasing chickens, entering and exiting the door, and attacking Kat’s hands as she gardens.

roxy sleeping

We adopted Roxy from the farm next door in 2020. She was a bit of a ‘mistake’, but we feel like she was born just for us.

She has a tail that will wag you off your feet, and a bark that will leave your ears ringing. Roxy enjoys possum hunting, digging holes, chasing things, and running.

Hine's photobomb

Hine arrived at The Outpost following the sudden death of her mother in 2021. We kind of inherited her.

She loves chasing cats, cows, and Roxy.

The number of chickens we have changes too often to give you a funny story about them. Right now, we have 9 Hylines. Two arrived here as pullets, and the other eight came from a pasture farm.

There’s also one little black chicken who lays little white eggs when she feels like it.

We also have a rooster – Alaska Thunderfuck – who makes a lot of racket in the morning and struts like he owns the place.

The chooks roam under our plantings. We move them every two to three months. The trees keep them safe from predators. In return, the chooks tend to prevent the grass from choking the trees – keeping the workload down for us.

chicken portrait for the About page, updated Sep 2022
Third herd of cows soon after arriving in early 2022

We’re onto our third herd of cows since arriving at The Outpost now. These are dairy-X born October 2021.

Just a word of advice, if a livestock agent ever describes cows as ‘fresh’, you don’t want them.

These cows have been the reason our electric fences actually work now. Every time we try to move them, you might as well be playing the Benny Hill theme behind us as we chase them around the paddocks. They are not fond of humans.

However they are fond of each other, and eating nice fresh grass, which we have heaps of.

These are not beginner cows, but they are beautiful. A range of colours and patterns makes it easy to identify which one is being a dick on that particular day.

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