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It is early spring here on the New South Wales south coast and the weather has been perfect for gardening.  We’ve spent several lovely hours in the garden pottering and just soaking up our lovely surrounds.  I was only marveling yesterday that at last the vision I had for a productive back yard has come to fruition.  From the humble beginnings of a two metre square vegetable patch “trial” we now have a productive and beautiful large vegetable garden.  That was a lovely realization that with perseverance and steady work we have achieved our dream of having a productive garden.…

I’ve had a great day in the garden today, the weather was just perfect for digging! Homestead hubby dug out some tired plants from the front garden, then dug the soil over. I added some lovely compost from the chicken run, then planted some annual flowers. The front garden needed a bit of a brighten up now that all the French Lavender has been cut back. It flowered beautifully all through spring, but needed a bit of a tidy up ready for summer. I am hoping that a little hard work this week will mean we have lovely flowers over…

Now is a great time to get your garden going and growing!  The weather where I live on the NSW South Coast has been lovely for gardening, so I have been taking advantage it.  This year I kept planting right through winter since our winters are very mild.  The result is that the garden is quite full even though it is only early spring.  Rather than feeling I need to plant whole beds at a time I have been just pulling out spent plants, then adding some new compost in patches and planting new seedlings.   This approach seems to…

Spring is in the air and now is the perfect time to be preparing to grow a few vegetables.  Whether you have room for a large or small veggie garden or just a few pots, I would encourage you to give it a go. My garden is exploding with flowers at the moment and the bees are working overtime.  I spent quite a bit of time on the weekend outside, enjoying all the beautiful blooms and getting stuck into preparing my garden beds for more planting.  I dug out lots of chicken manure from the chicken run and dug it…

Although it is mid-winter here on the New South Wales south coast, the weather is beautiful and the garden is still full of flowers.  Today I have had the most lovely time pottering around in the garden, doing some odd jobs like pruning the roses.  It has been a magnificent day and so refreshing to spend several hours outside, I feel so blessed to have such a lovely garden to enjoy.  This past week I have picked beautiful bunches of lavender and today a lovely vase full of the last roses, before their winter pruning. I just can’t think of…

I still find it amazing to see what a great variety and amount of food can be produced in a suburban back yard.  Today I gathered this lovely harvest of chillies, lemons, eggs and some lavender flowers and it is winter here on the NSW south coast!  The mandarin tree is loaded with fruit which will be ready in coming weeks and we are still picking spinach, broccoli, kale, endive, radish, oregano, celery and even have some tomatoes on some volunteer vines!  The tomatoes planted themselves and are growing well, they have quite large green fruit, so I have decided…

Yesterday I had the privilege to just have a quiet day mainly in the garden and boy was it refreshing. I just pottered around and did a few odd jobs. Homestead hubby is recovering from an injury so we both pottered around getting a few outside jobs done, albeit quite slowly. We moved the woodpile ready for winter, moved some pot plants and generally tidied up some of the things, which were a bit behind in the yard.   A day out in the autumn sun was most enjoyable and it was very fulfilling to get some of those little jobs…

Maybe I’m a bit crazy, but I think there are few things as exciting as picking fresh produce from your own backyard!  We’ve been having some lovely harvests this week.  Finally we have grown some delicious corn, other times we’ve tried to grow it were less successful, but this time we hit the jackpot.  Fresh corn cooked a few minutes after picking is amazing, no doubt full of nutrients too! We have also been enjoying lots of eggplant, chilli, lettuce, endive, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber and tons of basil.  I have made several large batches of basil pesto and then frozen…

As I have said before, I am relatively new to gardening.  I started my first little veggie garden about seven years ago, before that I had hardly done any gardening at all.  Well it has been a wonderful journey of learning, the main thing I have learned is that gardening is not as mysterious or difficult as I had imagined.  I am still amazed at the wonderful fruit and veggies we grow with not too much effort or expertise.  Obviously, there is some effort involved, but it is really very little for what you receive back.  Lately, I have been…

Some of the key components of our simple life include: The desire to-  Live within our means and not be buried in debt  Grow some of our own food  Learn new skills  Make some of the gifts we give  Make some of the household items we use, like soap and laundry liquid  Keep some chickens  Make our own compost  Cook mainly from scratch  Entertain ourselves with being creative  Appreciate what we have, rather than spending our life chasing after new things  Generate some of our power with solar panels  Generate free hot water from the sun  Collect rainwater in a…