Cherry Slugs and Flea Beetles

Hot dry week, no rain. A couple of days of heavy winds in the afternoons, still, foggy mornings. David sprayed pyrethrum on the trees early Saturday morning to kill the cherry slugs. The nectarines looked ok, the cherries have had some damage but one of the pear trees has been surprisingly hit hard. Looks like […]

Red Currant Cordial

Ingredients: Weigh red currants (or other berries) Water at same ratio as currants/berries (1g:1ml) Caster Sugar at half ratio as water (1ml:2mls) White Vinegar Instructions: Clean currants/berries and take out any sprigs, leaves etc Add currants/berries and water to pan Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes Strain into a bowl using a colander […]

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Red Currant Harvest 2015

Hot, dry day today, 11C-33C. No rain for a couple of weeks. Paddocks going brown and dry. Water tank only half full. Dave and I supered the hive this morning. Very glad to have the bee keeping jacket but my bees never got upset. Didn’t look at the individual frames but they were covered in […]

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Frosty Morning Disappointment

Very disappointed today. My beautiful veggies have been devastated by frost, which I didn’t find out until this evening when I went to water them. They had been doing so well, lots of buds and green growth. Beautiful sunny and cool day, steady mild breeze. Temperatures ranged from 0.7C-21.7C. Despite the disappointment it was interesting […]

Finishing this Year’s Veggie Planting

Visited Yarralumla Nursery┬áto buy native trees and shrubs for front yard and ended up buying a few more veggies for veggie patch. Gorgeous sunny and mild day. Planted out the remaining veggie beds: 3 x Zucchini – Bed 1 5 x Marigold – Bed 2 Tomatoes – Bed 4 Roma x 2 Beafsteak Amish Paste […]

D-Day for Rosemary

Arrived at 0800 to prepare for the kill. Farmers had already put the gallon drum over burners to boil, gantry was positioned beside it. Tables, instruments and equipment were set up. Farmer’s and our family had morning tea together then we went outside and did the kill. She went down quickly and once she was […]

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Fattening the Pig 2015

Today we went out to the farm to prepare our pig for slaughter next weekend. We separated the farmers’ boy from his 4 sisters and walked him up to the pens near the farmers’ house. He followed us happily, like a dog, very sweet. It was a bit more difficult to separate our girls but […]

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Spring Jobs 2015

Weather Rain – A few spits on Saturday but clear, fine weather rest of the week Temp – 5C to 18C Frost – Mild most mornings with morning fog Jobs Vege Patch – Spread sugar cane mulch on 2 garden beds, 2 remaining Orchard – Pruned trees of dead branches, fertilised all fruit trees will […]

Prepping for Summer Crops 2015

Weather Rain – A few spits on Saturday but clear, fine weather rest of the week Temp – 2C to 17C Frost – Mild most mornings with morning fog Jobs Veggie Patch – Finished weeding final bed, covered in mushroom compost. Spread blood and bone. Orchard – Weeded trees in chook pen and food forest, […]

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