Sunday, August 31, 2014

Growing Our Own Meat..................

What a wonderful sunny week end we have been having here.
I have been doing lots of pruning and planting in the garden, but
today I thought I would show you some of the animals we have here and give you
a break from gardening posts.

These animals are for food, yes we still name them and treat them as pets but we know that
they will end up on the table. This is all new to us,  we have had our first lamb
this winter and have been enjoying it. Yes it does taste better and we know exactly what we are eating.

We have our two pigs that are growing well but get shy when ever I go to
take there photos....Bruce wants to make a smoke house and experiment with smoking
when we slaughter them. This is exciting to us and we are reading all we can about smoking, we don't know any one that has done this before so if any one out there has any tips that would be good.

It won't be long and we will be able to slaughter our first cow from those heard, meanwhile they are
doing a good job eating all the grass before summer gets here and the threat of fires.

We have our chickens that we are getting lots of eggs from each day.
Our new addition is meat chickens 21 of them....We love chicken and it is so expensive to buy free range organic chicken. We got our organic grain from Heritage seeds out at Pittsworth.
Costing will work out at $6 per chook now that is half what I pay and the chook will be twice the size.

We don't need to worry about fish as my friend
runs a fish farm 7 mins away so fresh fish is close. I do enjoy 
ocean fish and will still buy Salmon when I can.

Next on the list is turkey for Christmas, and I would like some geese to keep in the 
food forest to keep the insects down. I don't like the taste of duck so I don't think we will be getting any of them even though if I could buy some Indian Runners I would
because they are a beautiful animal.

What do you have in the way of home grown meat???
It's taken me a long time to get this far and I am enjoying our farm so much and 
all that we can grow here, knowing every thing is free of ALL chemicals and sprays and 
all feed that we supplement is organic.

Enjoy your week end

Monday, August 18, 2014

A little rain......

Hi All how did you spend your week end?
We had rain not big rain but enough to fill the tanks which is what we needed.

All the new plants I transplanted around the pond now look good after the rain, and some 
have new shoots on them.
I thought the pond could do with a fountain so I found this old light shade in the shed and gave it
to the master plumber to see what he could do.
Not to bad..
I still need to get more rocks and cover up the black plastic, that's the next job on the list.

The grass is looking green and the house clean after the rain
I love how every thing looks so fresh after.

 The citrus are doing well still and these mandies are sweet.
These fruit trees have been in 5 years now.

Today's job is getting rid of this hedge along the fence line, it is night jasmine and looks
out of place now we have enlarged the yard yet again. 

We planted more fruit trees in this area as well on Sunday, I have planted
a Cherry tree and a native berry called Jaboticaba it has berries on the trunk of the tree, something interesting I thought. We also planted another olive tree. Out the front of the dairy we also planted 3 kiwi fruits, 2 coffee bushes 1 apple tree and a new plum. 
Photos of those later.

The mangos and avocado are still covered to keep the frost out,so far nothing has been frosted except the poor banana trees, as you can see below. Hopefully come spring they will come back and we will get some fruit.

Enjoy your week 
 and all that it brings.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Bellis" and Brisbane

If there was a bad blogger award I think I would win that!!!!

You know when life gets so busy in the garden there is not time for not much else, except going to Brisbane to see the open garden of ABC Gardening presenter Jerry Coleby Williams, Bellis.

It was a wonderful example of a sustainable inner city garden.

 I realized that I should put a lot more in my vege beds as I waste a lot of room.

There were so many people that there were areas of the Garden I didn't get to as it was gridlock
on the narrow paths

He had Guinea pigs to keep William and Harry busy and native bees, which is on my list
of things to get.

There was this wild spinach growing all through the garden that looks like a weed 
I am always pulling out, I will have to look into it and check.

Then it was of to South bank for a look around.

Some lunch

 I had Chili mussells yummo...O and a glass or 2 of wine Hey by this time with these 3 I needed it.

After lunch we looked through Queen Street Mall, and on the way home stopped at the Woolloongabba Antique Centre, it was a hit with the boys, I didn't get any thing but Bruce found a few bits he wanted.

Spring doesn't feel far away now what with open gardens and day trips with great weather.
I have got a lot done this winter though and will share later on.

Have a great day All.