“What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

Busy days spent gardening… enjoying the excellent weather and working on improving our food security by trying to grow more of our produce.  The weather has been especially great, with lovely warm days, inter spaced between cooler days with a little light rain.   I contacted a local chicken producer and ordered a dozen Australorp Read more about “What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner[…]

“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs

Last weekend my whole family and I attended the Huon Vally Show.  It is a rural festival for the whole Huon Valley, showing various displays of interest.  My children had some art in an art show and won a couple of awards, which was very cool.  We all got a big kick out of the Read more about “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs[…]

“…the plants know things we haven’t imagined yet.” – Phil Rutter

I have been considering how I will initiate this plan I have for producing chickens.  I have been looking at producing a “chicken tractor” type pen, to allow me to keep my chicks safe from predatory birds (there are many eagles and crows down here that would love to have a chick for their meal), Read more about “…the plants know things we haven’t imagined yet.” – Phil Rutter[…]

“The important thing is to just get started. Because once you show people you are willing to do the work all kinds of opportunities will present themselves.” – Curtins Stone

I was listening to a few podcasts from Permaculture voices, with Diego and I was really inspired by episodes 8 and 26.  These episodes, Curtis Stone covered the concept of SPIN farming  which was interesting in itself, and the other was Paul Greive in episode 8 who talked about Primal Pastures, really fired my imagination.  Read more about “The important thing is to just get started. Because once you show people you are willing to do the work all kinds of opportunities will present themselves.” – Curtins Stone[…]

“I am… a mushroom; On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.” – John Ford

Mushroom update… they are growing a lot better then I ever expected, especially considering that I expected a total failure.  This weekend I harvested some Button Mushrooms as well as a delicious Portobello.  The Portobello was much larger then those you would buy in the store and tasted very fresh, with a subtle peppery flavor.  Read more about “I am… a mushroom; On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.” – John Ford[…]