Friday, January 12, 2018

Weekly Reading

Homemade Christmas Crackers for 2018 lol

Here's a great way to cook hard boiled eggs for the masses in the oven, or if you are like me and boil a few eggs for the week, this method will work.

Love this pantry

NZ mother gave up grocery shopping for 2017

Article 2

Article 3 with recipes

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Garden

I can't believe its over a month since I posted, that is how busy life is on the island. I now have gardening to do that I have never done in my life. Its so rewarding to see these small plants or seeds growing before your eyes. Abit like watching and waiting for the baby to arrive.

 So the only edible thing the previous owners planted was this lime tree which produces some awesome juicy fruit. I just love smelling the lime. Then beside it is a rosemary bush they planted as well. This will be my herb garden and hubby and I have planted mint, chives, cabbage, sage, pineapple sage, oregano, majoram
 My poor dragon fruit tree is leaning on this tree until we can build a proper pole for it
 More herbs and trees ready to go in the ground
 My bele tree is taking a long time to recover from the move, its is bare for now, curry leaf tree and blueberry and pawpaw
Aaaaah I love my pumpkin plants, they give me the most joy to watch as they grow so fast. I pollinate them myself (because i cant wait for the bees LOL but I also want to make sure they are pollinated) .  Ive got 5 different types growing so far, also one that will grow to 50kgs-I planted that for fun to see if I could grow a pumpkin so big.
I love gardenias and almost bought some plants until I discovered we have a few bushes growing and didnt realise until they flowered last week lol
My pumpkin patch with sprinkles of snow peas, potatoes and cabbage lol. I think the pumpkins will take over. Hubby did this to my horror, I told him we had to move all the other plants and just have pumpkins growing here...aaah men...never listen!!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Making Chicken Fodder

Our lovely neighbour Mandy whose house was on the market when we were looking but has since pulled it off market (thank goodness, she is one of the loveliest neighbours we have met so far on the island), has chickens and ducks that she has kindly given us their eggs to us regularly. 

I saw on a blog I follow Home is my Haven how to grow chicken fodder, so I am practising growing fodder for Mandy's chickens because I want some chickens of our own as well. 

So firstly I soaked 1 cup of each grains, forgot to wash them first lol

This is what it looks like overnight, I then drained and rinsed them and now they are drying in colanders. Each morning and night I rinse out the beans until they start to sprout.

When they sprout i will be putting them into these drawers to grow? 
The height of the drawers are perfect for chicken food. 

I poked holes in each draw with a scissors as that is all I had to work with LOL. 
The bottom drawer does not have holes so it can catch all the water that drips through.

Day 2 of chicken fodder growth coming on nicely. the instructions on how to make chicken fodder lies on top of the drawers, just to remind me how LOL.

I fried up two eggs for breakfast yesterday, check out how yellow the yolks are in truly free range eggs.  I cant wait to grow my own chickens. Yes that is a really tiny frypan that holds two eggs, could probably hold 3 eggs if I squeezed them in.


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