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The Building of the Queensland House - Book Review

Sep 14 2015 0 Comments Tags: book, house

Renovating our second-hand "Queenslander" removal househas been like a cross between repairing a lovely old piece of handmade antique furniture and an archaeological dig! The house was probably built around 100 years ago, from locally sourced timber, but has been modified many times since then.

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Book review - The Third Plate

Aug 24 2015 0 Comments Tags: book, farm, real food, sustainable

Occasionally I imagine what would happen if Pete and I ended up on one of those reality TV cooking shows where you have to prepare a meal in your own home as a couple. The first part of the show usually involves the couple rushing around the supermarket buying ingredients. I wonder what they would think when most of our ingredients came from the garden or the freezer (no rushing required), would we be disqualified?

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Book review: Omnivore's Dilemma

Jul 08 2015 0 Comments Tags: book, real food

I feel like I am the LAST person to read Michael Pollan's 2006 book The Omnivore's Dilemma. It has been mentioned on so many blogs as an influence over the way people eat and how they understand food production, when I saw it at the library I thought it was time I read it too. I'm so glad I did! I think I would enjoy ANYTHING that Michael Pollan wrote. He really has a wonderful way with words,...

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A Postage Stamp Garden - book review

Mar 25 2015 0 Comments Tags: book, garden

Have you thought about growing vegetables but don’t know where to start? Does it all seem like too much work? What about trying a “postage stamp” garden? This is a system described in Karen Newcomb’s recently revised book The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden: Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers. This book starts from the very beginning, planning your garden, and explains...

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Perennial vegetables and permaculture

Mar 09 2015 0 Comments Tags: book, garden, permaculture

Most of the vegetables that we buy from the supermarket, or plant regularly are annuals.  That means that they typically only live for one season and then need to be planted again.  Think of all the work involved in sowing seeds and raising seedlings year after year.  I often have a lot of trouble starting seedlings, everything goes wrong, from mice eating the seeds to over-watering and causing them to rot.  By accident, I started to plant perennial vegetables in my garden and they started to do really well.

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Five acres and a dream - book review

Feb 25 2015 0 Comments Tags: book, self sufficiency

Starting a homestead, or just living more sustainably where you are, is a daunting project. There are so many factors to think through. First you might get chickens to provide eggs, but then you have to think about what you will feed them, do you want to rely of store bought feed or try to grow your own? Are you going to hatch your own to replace the layers as they get old? With an electric...

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