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Weekly tales from the Outpost

The shopping spree

The shopping spree

I spent my 40th birthday buying and planting trees. 16 year old me would be horrified.

Why I don’t keep bees

Why I don’t keep bees

You’d think with so much native bush (and with more trees planted each year), we might put in a few bee hives at The Outpost. But we won’t be. Here’s why.

Planning a miniature food forest

Planning a miniature food forest

I’ve been thinking and scheming – and I think I’ve come up with a plan for our first area of ‘food forest’.

Project grow-a-mango

Project grow-a-mango

This week I spent $13 on a piece of fruit – and it was worth every cent. But can I grow good mangoes in New Zealand? Well, I’m going to give it a try!

Another month’s worth of rain

Another month’s worth of rain

The rain fell quite spectacularly this week. We’re now in our fourth year of weather monitoring, so how wet has the last year been?

The berry house

The berry house

We’ve finally planted our collection of cane berries into the ground!

Gran Shirley’s Sally Lunn

Gran Shirley’s Sally Lunn

We’ve got too many potatoes so I’m looking for new ways to use them. Turns out, a Sally Lunn is a pretty excellent way to use them.

Let’s go fly a kite

Let’s go fly a kite

It’s taken nearly 3 years but I realised that all our space and wind make a fantastic combination for kite flying, so I bought a kite.

Some faults on the fenceline

Some faults on the fenceline

The storms last weekend brought down a couple of nīkau palms near our fence line. How did we sort this one out?

Max chicken

Max chicken

We’ve had a bit of a poultry shuffle. The ducks have found a better home, and we’ve gone max chicken!

The succulent garden

The succulent garden

It’s been on my ‘to-do’ list for a while, but last week I finally created my succulent garden.

Growing past my biggest failure

Growing past my biggest failure

Last year, my garlic crop failed big and hard. This year, I’m nervous and more subdued about planting again.

Spraying gorses

Spraying gorses

Gorse is an unfortunate reality of owning farmland in New Zealand. This week I got out and sprayed some.