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Weekly tales from the Outpost

Baby chickens!

Baby chickens!

There’s some new arrivals in our flock!

Doin’ it with stile

Doin’ it with stile

I built something on the farm and now I don’t have to roll in cow poop!

The bush cam

The bush cam

I got a new toy for my birthday and it’s absolutely revolutionised the pest and weed management of our native bush.

The dreaded garlic rust

The dreaded garlic rust

One of the worst things that could happen to a garlic grower has struck us this year: rust. So, what will I do?

Clearing the clearing

Clearing the clearing

This week we cut down a bunch of gorse and cleared out a nice spot for a picnic in the bush.

Rainfall

Rainfall

We’ve got two full years of weather data now. What does it say?

Manual of the New Zealand Flora

Manual of the New Zealand Flora

How do you learn to see the trees for the forest? You look closer. And then you look closer again. And again.

Square foot gardening

Square foot gardening

Low rainfall in summer each year means my garden always suffers. This year, I’m planning to share our water with one bed that really pumps… and grows everything.

Down the garden path

Down the garden path

Paths are a perhaps overlooked, at yet very important part of the garden. Here’s a look at my trials (and errors).

The eggless chickens

The eggless chickens

Every year about this time, our chickens stop laying eggs. Each year I swear I'll be ready for it the next, but it always, always seems to catch me by surprise. One day we'll look in the cupboard and there's no eggs. Our supply is dry. It's part of a natural cycle....