Saturday, 30 November 2019

Almost A Year

It’s been almost a year since I posted. A lot has changed, lots has improved, careers are metamorphosing, relationships are strengthening and off-gridding is deepening. Normal writing will resume.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Saturday, 19 January 2019

On Seed Saving

I have about 500 packs of organic seeds and have spent considerable time planting, with positive results all round. But this little lot here are seeds I’ve saved, part of a stash from supermarket foods and garden bits and pieces that went to seed.

Let’s see, we have peas, capsicum, pumpkin and peppers. I am addicted to seed and like to plant and plant and plant. Today I am going to plant these and see how they compare to my other sourced seeds. How do supermarket pumpkin seeds compare, growth and fruit wise with my heirloom seeds?

I just love seeds so much, it makes me feel wealthy to have them, dry them, plant them.

Watch this space.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

On Laziness

Sometimes, one needs to have a break. So I climb into my hammock, with the chicken coop and garden beds for company, and relax. I feel guilty after a while, especially if Mr O-GF is busy, but he doesn’t mind. At night the solar fairy lights come on, and apart from the odd bug, it’s heaven.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Of Weighing The Veg!

I’ve started a little book where I weigh the veg I collect each day. So for example 500g of green beans, 3 chicken eggs and 1kg of pumpkin. At the end of each week I am going to tally the total weight and cost it out, as if I was buying it from the supermarket. This way I can get a rough estimate of how much in weight and dollars we are producing.

Since we still buy some things from the supermarket and our aim is to be 100 percent non-reliant, this will be a big incentive regarding how much we are saving and still spending, and also where we are still spending at the big retailers.

Plus, I love statistics and graphs!

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Of Tables, Tallow, Blanching And Repurposing

Hello there, thanks for stopping by. Welcome to new followers, I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know someone, somewhere is reading.

Here is an example of our vegetables in the (for the freezer) packaging. I picked the beans and blanched them, then bagged them up in recycled plastic and elastic bands. I don't believe in throwing anything out that will be used again in the way of bags etc, this way we don't need to re-buy anything. This was just a small harvesting as the hot house was so hot, I lost focus in the heat after a small effort.

We needed a table for between our two (second-hand) recliners. Mr O-GF made one from wood he had salvaged for free, that was being thrown out. The stain was also free, as were the wooden mats, also home made. Isn't the grain lovely? It's sturdy, and runs rings round any crap that could be bought in a modern furniture store.

I had an old pair of stinky rubber gloves that needed chucking, so I cut them across ways in order to create rubber bands for future bagging. We have a small container that all the useful bits are put in, so there's no worries if we ever need to find something like a rubber band, paper clip or button.

A lovely reader asked what a tallow tree is from a previous post. Considered a weed in many places, a tallow tree is a tree that produces an ingredient found in candles, soap and oil. It is mostly an ornamental and more info can be found HERE .

This morning I planted 20 more purple bean plants and 3 Madagascaran beans. Yesterday we worked on passionfruit vines and climbing roses. It's all go, but everything seems to be taking this year, going mad, growing like triffids. There's a lot of freezing and bagging in my future!

I need a rest.