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Weekly tales from the Outpost

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....

Garden time

Garden time

A bed-by-bed tour of the winter vege garden.

Garlic growing 2021: the experiments

Garlic growing 2021: the experiments

Each year I experiment with new garlic varieties to see if they’re worth adding to my “garlic collection”. This year I’m trying 3: Russian Red, Spanish Red, and Kakanui.

Garden of smiles

Garden of smiles

I’m slowly learning plants don’t have to be “useful” to be worthwhile. So this week, I planted a flower garden just to put a smile on my face.

The roosters

The roosters

A couple of months ago, we welcomed some new chickens, and now the roosters are crowing.

Animal tales part 3

Animal tales part 3

Our lives are made richer by the creatures we share The Outpost with. Every so often I write out some short stories about them. This is the third post in that series.

The lazy woman’s garden

The lazy woman’s garden

I’m getting lazy and spending less time in the garden. But we’re still harvesting fresh food regularly. How? I’m letting nature do the gardening for me.

A slew of updates

A slew of updates

Generally, I blog about what’s new, and what’s going on right now. Today, I’m looking back and providing some updates on stuff from the past 2 years.

Sourcing native trees

Sourcing native trees

In order to plant native trees, we need to source native trees. I went tree-hunting this week.

The zoo grows again

The zoo grows again

One person’s problem became our new friends with the arrival of 7 new chooks.