In Which we Say Goodbye to The Dorkings

The Dorking hens, Moppet and Mittens have left the homestead. I had been thinking about what to do with them since I couldn't keep them with the main Australorp flock all the time, due to over-attention from the big roosters. We are limited with space and it wasn't practical to keep them in their own…

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The Swathe of Spring Seeds & Seedlings

I said I wasn't going to grow potatoes this season because I didn't have the space or inclination , but then I read one of those articles about the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables and potatoes are one of them... So, I bought just a small bag of Agria seed potatoes; 5 to be precise,…

Good Crop, Bad Crop

Last time I talked about the pumpkins and squashes, which despite the powdery mildew and earlier-than-usual demise, still gave us decent crops. Except for the Pink Banana Jumbo squash, both plants of which grew like a stunted sloth and finally aborted their puny fruit. I blame the poor quality of the seeds. Plus the slugs…

The Heat is Driving Everyone Nuts

While some parts of the world have been encased in a polar vortex, which sounds like the next big action movie, we have been in a heatwave. Thanks, Australia, for sharing your things with us. Temperatures have been hovering around 28-32degC. Hamilton, our nearest city, cracked its all time temperature record at 32.9degC. When The…