Made Simple

simple ways to tread lightly

Making pesto from the garden

Making pesto from the garden

I love making a mixed green pesto as it uses a variety of raw greens I know are good for me but I probably wouldn’t include in a meal unless I was having a salad or a smoothie.  And I…

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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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Life with chickens

Life with chickens

After three years of owning chickens I’d love to say they’re an easy way to keep us in eggs.  While not totally the case I’d still recommend them.  The initial months are spent nervously hovering and checking on them and…

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Seed saving in the garden

Seed saving in the garden

The veggie garden looks dry and raggedy at this time of the year.  Well, apart from this week when we’ve had much needed rain.  So now it’s looking wet and raggedy.

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Boysenberry glut

Boysenberry glut

  My boysenberry Brulee plants have been in the ground since late 2014 and finally I’ve got some to eat.  Last year I only had a few tasty fruit, then I battled with caterpillars stripping the leaves so it wasn’t a great…

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Update on my rusty garlic

Update on my rusty garlic

In November I posted about rust on my garlic plants.  Since I grow enough garlic to last us the year the damage this rust was doing and the potential loss of the whole crop was causing me massive stress. I got some…

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Storing yams, yacon and kumara

Storing yams, yacon and kumara

At this time of year I’ve been busy getting tomato, chillies, sweetcorn etc going but it’s too early to report on their success or failure so I thought I’d look back over the year of some slightly different tuber vegetables.  I harvested my…

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Dealing with slugs

Dealing with slugs

In my large garden the thing that causes me the most heartache and time is slugs and snails (pukekos follow close behind).  They have loved the wet weather over winter – I think thousands of them roamed my garden.  It’s…

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Rust on my garlic

Rust on my garlic

I’ve planted garlic each year for the last several years and find it an easy plant to grow and enjoy – it doesn’t get bothered by pests and just needs to be feed a few times while growing.  This year I’ve…

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