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Category: Life on the Block

Learning about biochar

Learning about biochar

As a gardener biochar is something I’ve heard about and wanted to experiment with for many years. What is it – why am I interested?

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Don’t waste those winter veggies

Don’t waste those winter veggies

At this time of year my garden doesn’t seem very productive and I can easily waste what little it has growing. That’s the worst kind of waste – growing something then not using it! The heads on the spouting broccoli…

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How much do our home grown eggs cost?

How much do our home grown eggs cost?

I wasn’t one of those who bought a 20kg bag of flour and started making bread and pasta through our first Lockdown but I have belatedly taken to it. As I post this we’ve gone to Level 3. Drats, even…

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Making butter

Making butter

I recently saw a post about making butter by shaking up cream in a jar. It made me wonder – if I used my tupperware cream whipper and just kept shaking it – would it turn to butter after the…

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Getting myself organised – monthly goal setting

Getting myself organised – monthly goal setting

We’ve been living on our block for a couple of years and I constantly have aspirations of being farm wifey and using my homegrown produce to make pickles, chutneys, jellies etc. I’ve made a few things recently however my red onion chutney was…

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Combatting flies without spray

Combatting flies without spray

This summer seems to have been the worst one for flies – everything from big blowies to those annoying ones that hang out in the middle of the room.  I don’t like to spray too much (although we have been resorting…

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Hukelkulter garden beds

Hukelkulter garden beds

I’ve been in full swing making new garden beds.  I’ve used bricks for alot of them and even made a wall with bricks that doubled as a bed.  I read about hukelkulter where logs are used as the foundation for…

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Quick and simple garden structures – archway and garden protectors made from tubing

Quick and simple garden structures – archway and garden protectors made from tubing

To make this archway and/or garden bed protector for free you need old building material or be prepared to scavenge at a build site.  I’ve been waiting to plant my climbing rose for ages but hadn’t worked out what to…

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