Biological Control · Insect · Pest Control · Profile

Spiders: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Spiders at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller! Danger to Humans: 4/5 – Some are very poisonous Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive in your garden Quick Intro Most people shriek at the sight of a spider and try their very best to stomp it out of existence. I believe that… Continue reading Spiders: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

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Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations

Penny Royal: The Living Mulch

I can get really tired of weeding and become irritated when new ones pop up in the garden, especially in the areas that border my veg plots – AKA ‘The Weed Zones’! So I decided I would like to plant something there that would compete and displace the weeds, preferably something that is useful to… Continue reading Penny Royal: The Living Mulch

Vegetable

Winter Leafy Vegetables: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Winter Leafy Vegetables stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 1/5 – Daily Check-ups Water: 3-4/5 – Every 2nd day to daily Sun: 3/5 - Full sun, dappled shade Training: 2/5 – Minimal; dead, diseased & damaged Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 – Fortnightly Time to Harvest: 1-2/5 – Immediate (purchase) to Soon (from seed) Frost Hardiness: 3/4… Continue reading Winter Leafy Vegetables: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Biological Control · DIY · Observations

House Wasp: DIY Beneficial Insect Homes

When we moved the garden outside at the back of the kitchen, I had made a couple of insects’ homes. I tried different types of designs I found on the internet. Most of them went un-inhabited, except for two: Exhibition A: The Log Pile The log pile was meant for carpenter and mason bees, but… Continue reading House Wasp: DIY Beneficial Insect Homes

Homesteading · Observations · Off Grid · Wildlife

Friends of Free Wildlife

  FreeMe wildlife rehabilitation centre was a volunteer organisation run by a board of directors, a small core staff and volunteers. The volunteers were the main workforce behind FreeMe and their hard work and dedication has facilitated the care and release of orphaned, sick and injured indigenous wildlife. They founded FreeMe back in 1997 in… Continue reading Friends of Free Wildlife

Herb · How to Grow · Profile · Uncategorized

Oregano: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

Oregano stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leave Water: 1/5 – Minimal, weekly (especially in a container) Sun: 5/5 – Full sun Training: 3/5 – Moderate (keep in shape) Fertilise/Feeding: 1/5 – Minimal (at least once during the growing season) Time to Harvest: 1/5 – Immediate (purchased a… Continue reading Oregano: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

Composting · Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations · Soil care

Utilisation of Kitchen Scraps

  Due to the technological and financial advantages of our modern age a lot of food simply gets wasted. You would think that with the development of all our superior food production and storage capabilities food will not go to waste so easily. The average person today is more wealthy that many medieval kings, yet… Continue reading Utilisation of Kitchen Scraps