No Hay Day

Yesterday – an hour before the tractor arrived to bale our hay –  it began to rain, just a little at first then the skies opened up and it rained and rained all morning.  We even went in and worked on rainy day jobs – sowing seeds and baking! And last night we had a …

The Kitchens Garden

Sometimes we forget that the Kitchen Gardens are just as vibrant and busy as the Kitchen’s Garden Farm with all its animals.  Here I have big vegetable gardens and just as big is the flower garden.   Big flower gardens are not usual out here on the prairies though most people have a vegetable garden. The borders are …

A New Zealand Garden

On the way to my friends house, and our last stop in this New Zealand journey, I saw this sign.  Cool! And here is a New Zealand garden. A little paradise right in  town.  Auckland has a wonderful climate for plants.  She even has chickens tucked away under the trees.  And her daughter goes fishing …

Big/Old Dog took the Lead

Big Dog has always preceded me on the walks. He is the alpha male.  The oldest resident. The Boss Guy. But lately I have realised that he has been walking at my heel, trudging along, not because he wants to but because he is not able to pick up speed and pass me. Big Dog …

Can you sleep in?

Yesterday I took the last of my allotted honey  from the bees.  This year each small  super has yielded just over 2 gallons of lovely clear honey.   I had three honey supers on two hives. So all up we have harvested  a little under 7 gallons (or 26 litres if my calculations are correct) …

The Kitchen’s Garden Garden!

The gardens this year have largely been a disappointment. Crops like the potatoes, cucumbers, zuchinni, butternuts, pumpkins, and beans have either refused to fruit or  curled up and died due to that extreme heatwave we had.  But the aubergine, beetroot and capsicum all in the drought resistant frog garden are doing very well. Now that …

Country Air Conditioning

I have begun to feed hay out to the animals now. There is a little feed left in the fields but they are grazing very low to the ground now. And my fields are very young. There are lots of dried off tops which I have left to shade whatever legume may struggle through from …

How To Make a Frog House

Frog houses are a great idea. They snuggle into a cool corner of your garden and give your frogs somewhere to hide from the cats and cool off when they are not in the water. Frogs are important in the garden as they gobble up that nasty mosquito larvae. So if you have water you …

Water in the garden and an important discussion.

I have always been fascinated by water in the garden. And butterflies, bees and birds, not to mention toads, frogs, snakes and our collection of  little garden inhabitants share my fascination.  Water adds a reflective shimmer to the ruffled, vibrant, undulating collection of colours and textures in the flower garden. My little bowls and plates …