Eight Acres - the blog — garden

How I use herbs - Elderflower

Nov 13 2017 0 Comments Tags: garden, herbs

I was given a small elderflower plant at the produce share a few months ago and I have been growing it up until its ready to plant out.  I thought I better find out more about its preferred growing conditions and medicinal uses before I decide where to put it. 

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Does growing vegetables save you money?

Oct 10 2017 1 Comment Tags: frugal, garden, simple, vegetables

Growing your own vegetables can save you money if you're smart about it, here's what I think you can do to get off to a good start....

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Pot garden progress

Aug 28 2017 0 Comments Tags: garden, herbs, vegetables

I'm still here! I just got distracted by making a new soap website and I couldn't decide where to post this. But I'm not ready to move just yet. I wanted to show you my pot garden as I've been pleasantly surprised by what I can grow (in winter anyway). We are going to build a proper garden and set up the aquaponics, but other things need to be done first and meanwhile my pot collection keeps...

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Growing mushrooms in my kitchen!

Aug 14 2017 0 Comments Tags: garden, mushrooms

I’ve been wanting to try growing mushrooms for some time. I LOVE mushrooms and we buy them from the supermarket every week, so I was keen to find a way to produce them at home to reduce waste and potentially cost as well.

A few years ago I found out that you could grow mushrooms from the spent mushroom compost from mushroom farms. So we dropped in to a farm on the Sunshine Coast and picked up a...

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How I use herbs: Feverfew

Jul 26 2017 0 Comments Tags: garden, herbs

Sometimes I write about the herbs I've been growing for a long time and use frequently, other time I use these posts as an opportunity to find out more about a new herb.  Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is the latter!  I've had it in my garden for a couple of years after a friend gave me a seedling and it has self-seeded, but I haven't known how to use it., so its time to look up the herb books!


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Experimenting with houseplants

Jun 07 2017 0 Comments Tags: garden, house

I've never been a big fan of houseplants.  I had one on a dresser for a while and it leaked and cracked the veneer.  And I had another one that didn't get enough sun and it died.  Our new house is sunnier and less cluttered, it just felt like it needed some plants.  I've had others that I overwatered, or underwatered.  Its just seemed too hard to keep them alive.

Mother-in-laws-tongue in the...

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