Kids Strawberry Pots

The boys and I had fun decorating their very own strawberry pots and planting some strawbs for them to care for. A nice way for them to get some ownership in the veggie patch!

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Lunch!

There is something very special about wandering through your own garden collecting things for lunch. I know it’s just an egg and some rocket… but I get a warm glow inside just feeling so connected to my food… It feels like coming home, like doing something I had forgotten was really important. Ahhh…

Oh and the eggs are DELICIOUS!

 

 

 

 

Elephant Poo Paper!

Elephant Poo Paper – yep, I write on it…. elephant poo. It’s fantastic, and the products are really beautiful. A great eco friendly gift for someone.

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Teamed with a gorgeous homemade paper bird bookmark from my friend Nic!

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RECYCLING PALLETS

If you’ve visited your local tip lately you might have noticed a mountain or two of wooden pallets, packing pallets, the type they load bricks or tiles on. I certainly have. It seems such a waste of our precious resources to be putting all of these into landfill!

Equally if you trawl through the internet looking for ways to recycle pallets, you’ll come up with a mountain of incredible ideas. So far we’ve used pallets for our compost heap frame, outdoor seedling shelving, fencing the chook shed and now fencing off the vegetable patch, a fence that not only looks great, but will be perfect for growing raspberries, passionfruit, beans, peas, jasmine, roses etc.  Darryn even made the fence’s gate from a pallet.

The fence was relatively easy to put up – just support with a few stakes (we’ve used branches from the trees we’ve felled and a few metal stakes here and there for added stability) and then nail together where possible. Cheap too…. they’ve ranged from $2.50 a pallet to free!!! And we’re saving them from landfill!

At first we were sourcing our pallets from the tip at $2.50 each, then a few came from our local co-op for free…. until, I hit the jackpot! Whilst at our local nursery buying some dynamic lifter for the spring feed I saw a large pile of pallets out the back and figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask if they wanted to get rid of a few. WELL…. it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask, not only were we given ALL the pallets, but they were delivered to our house for free by the nursery!!! Our house is a much shorter drive than the tip for them, which is where they were due to dump the pallets the next day – win, win!

So…. I wonder what other pallet creations are to come? Outside daybed? Potting table? Any suggestions?

OUR FIRST EGG!

Zuli left a little gift for us yesterday… a beautiful, pale turquoise, perfectly formed… EGG!!! YAY!!!

Perhaps she thought we needed a little ‘pick me up’ present after we lost Robot last week, or maybe it was a thank you for finishing the pallet fence so she and Tara can now roam free around the orchard and backyard… or maybe, just maybe it was about to happen anyway, … nah.

We’ve had Zuli for just over a month and were told she’d just started to lay, but to expect a halt in proceedings with the move. And apparently during the cooler months you can also expect less eggs as they have a little break.  Even without eggs I just love having the chooks as new members of the family, scratching around keeping bugs off our plants and using their abundant fertilizer on the gardens, BUT, adding eggs to the package is very exciting!

I’m also loving getting to know the personalities of the chooks. Tara is a little reserved, but very sweet. Zuli is hilarious! She is extremely curious and cheeky. She also follows me wherever I go! Whether I’m gardening, watering or hanging out the washing, she likes to be scratching nearby. I quietly went to check out where she was today, she was in the hen house and caught me peeking at her, I walked away and then heard a funny noise behind me… she was literally running out after me…. and her running style is what I’d imagine a sumo wrestler would look like at full tilt. She followed me all the way through the yard, onto the patio and tried to come in the back door of the house with me!! I love being a mum!

But back to the eggs… yep, we had another one today. And tomorrow I’ll tell you what they taste like!