Chickens · Coops · Homesteading · Profile

The C Files: How to raise chickens – Layers & Nest Business

One would think that chickens were first domesticated for their egg and meat production, but in fact they were initially kept for cock fighting in Asia. These days chickens lay eggs on a daily (or nearly-daily) basis for human consumption, before we get to all the nitty gritty about nesting let me first start off… Continue reading The C Files: How to raise chickens – Layers & Nest Business

Food Garden · Herb · How to Grow · Profile

Bay Laurel: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Bay stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:4/5 – DailySun:5/5 – Full sunTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:1/5 – Immediate, yet slow growingFrost Hardiness:1/4 – Very tender (can’t cope with light frost), cold tolerant  Uses:CulinaryMost Problematic Nemesis:Scale, aphidsContainer… Continue reading Bay Laurel: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Food Garden · How to Grow · Vegetable

Potato: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Potato stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 - Very easy, plant & leave Water:3/5 – Moderate, every second daySun:3/5 - Full sun, can grow in shadeTraining:2/5 – Needs some (spindly branches)Fertilise/Feeding:3/5 – Moderate (monthly)Time to Harvest:3/5 – Moderate (small potatoes at 2 months and larger 3-4 months)Frost Hardiness:3/4 – Mildly Hardy (can’t take severe frost)UsesCulinaryMost… Continue reading Potato: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

climate · Drought · Food Garden · Observations · Water Supply

Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2021

Introduction It is that time of year again! I have 8 seasons worth (i.e., 8 years) of rainfall data for our analytic scrutinization LOL! The rainfall season for this season and last season has been an immense improvement on our drought years... so lets take a closer look at the numbers, shall we? The Data… Continue reading Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2021

Food Garden · How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Common Bean plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Common Beans stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:2/5 – Biweekly check-upsWater:2/5 – Twice a weekSun:4/5 – Full sun, shade tolerantTraining:3/5 – Some, support with stakesFertilise/Feeding:3/5 – Monthly, half strength liquid fertiliserTime to Harvest:3/5 – Moderate, 2-3 monthsFrost Hardiness:2/4 – Tender, can’t cope with mild frost  Uses:CulinaryMost Problematic Nemesis:Black bean aphidsContainer Plant:Yes Haricot Plantes potageres Vilmorin-Andrieux,… Continue reading Common Bean plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Food Garden · Herb · Homesteading · How to Grow

Parsley: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Parsley stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:2/5 – Minimal, twice a weekSun:1-2/5 – Full sun or partial shadeTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:2/5 – Soon, 1-2 months when sownFrost Hardiness:1/4 – Very Hardy (can’t take black… Continue reading Parsley: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Food Garden · Herb · Homesteading · How to Grow

Mint: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Mint stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:2/5 – Minimal, twice a week (especially in a container)Sun:3/5 – Full sun & dappled shadeTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:1/5 – Immediate (purchased a seedling)Frost Hardiness:1/4 – Very Hardy… Continue reading Mint: How to Grow – Herb of the Month