Eight Acres - the blog — book

The Hidden Life of Trees - a review

Jun 28 2017 0 Comments Tags: Australia, book, trees

Every time I share a book review I include Amazon affiliate links, and if you use those links to buy things I gradually build up Amazon credit. Earlier this year I used my credit to order a couple of books, which I finished reading ages ago, but haven't had a chance to share with you until now. I just wanted to say again, thanks for using my affiliate links because it does help me to buy more...

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How to make a wooden chopping board polish

Feb 20 2017 0 Comments Tags: bees, book, salve

Since we got our own bee hives I've been able to enjoy the many benefits of bees.  Honey, improved pollination and lots of beeswax (and the occasional bee sting).  I was excited to receive a review copy of The Beeswax Workshop, by of Chris Dalziel.  Here's what I thought of the book and the chopping board polish that I made.

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One straw revolutionary - translating the translation

Jan 23 2017 1 Comment Tags: book, permaculture

The One-Straw Revolution is a popular book with alternative farmers, but it can be difficult to understand without the broader context of Japanese farming in the 1970s.  This book by the original translator helps to put the first book in perspective.

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Amongst the gum trees

Oct 17 2016 0 Comments Tags: Australia, book, firewood, trees

I love the gum trees on our property, but I only recently realised that so many of the trees ARE gum trees.  I was lucky enough to pick up a book called Gum: the story of eucalypts and their championsby Ashley Hay (affiliate link), that our local library was selling off, so I only paid $2 for it, but its a great little book. I was hoping to learn about gum trees and how to identify the different...

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Book review: Organic Farming with Worms

Feb 15 2016 0 Comments Tags: biological farming, book, soil, sustainable, worm farm

I've had a compost worm farm for several years now. Actually I currently have three worm farms. They are a little addictive! I didn't know anything about compost worms before I got them, but I fell in love with the concept of having somewhere to dispose all our organic (vegetative) waste that would also reliably produce compost and liquid fertiliser. The worms and I have been very happy with our...

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The Hands on Home - Book review

Jan 13 2016 0 Comments Tags: book, chemicals, too much information

I wasn't sure if I would like The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping, by Erica Strauss, so I requested it from the library rather than buy it.  I really shouldn't have been surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it, as I have been following Erica's blog Northwest Edible Lifeand she always explains interesting and complex concepts with a dose of humour and...

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