August 11th, 2014

It’s been 6 months of composting and the humus is now ready. Henny Penny and the ferel bantam are back together.

July 27th, 2014

Helena turns 10 on Thursday and because it’s her birthday week I thought to cook her favourite meals. The first of which is chicken pie. Helena when you read this post years from now I hope you appreciate the sacrifice Henny Penny has made for your birthday.

July 22nd, 2014

How does one take a picture of a pile of dirt. Now it measures about 5 by 1 by 1 meter deep. Then it was a pile of garden refuse waiting to be collected. For those who have an appreciation of an active compost pile you will know the feeling of reward and patience and having a buddy with a bakkie who never sticks to a schedule.
Let’s backtrack a bit, a farming buddy called Ron Clark from living hope introduces me to a whole new way of thinking about natural processes. He shares some basics of composting from an organisation called farming gods way and after a few hours of back breaking makaka work we have a cold pile of dirt. . This word was introduced to me by a neighbor called Allen. Vuyani and I spend hours making this pile of dried grass and branches and horse manure. The pile was huge and imagine his face when he arrived to work the next Saturday to be told that the ginormous compost piled needed to be turned by hand. And this last Saturday the pile is finally turned for the 3rd time. With a bit of compost activator, earthworms and litres of my very own urine. I woke up to that sweet smell of humus. Nothing like it. Black gold!! I cannot contain my excitement.
I don’t have thermometer but find a metal rod. This is warm to touch and I am very happy to be home steading. What will the next project be. The chickens and their eggs, maybe. Let’s leave that for another day. They spend many hours scrabbling on and around the compost pile scoring worms and insects by the millions indeed.

July 14th, 2014

Now that the bamboo fence is erected I am having so much fun building the vertical garden. It’s location allows for full afternoon sun. Finding the most bizarre containers is all part of the fun. Two types of peas are planted at the base and a selection of herbs and veggies will spread out across the fence. This is well worth the paper cuts!!

July 11th, 2014

More of the backyard bamboo garden project

Bamboo garden project

July 10th, 2014

The bamboo source is near our house and here is the two projects completed as well as one in the planning phase. Two fences and roof for chicken coop. Done. One garden fence which is also the start to vertical garden. Done.
One tree house still to come

June 29th, 2014
Names anyone. She has been with us for about a month. She has something of a personality and provides us with a egg a day. So I figure she is worth naming. Henny Penny has already been taken. Names anyone?

Names anyone. She has been with us for about a month. She has something of a personality and provides us with a egg a day. So I figure she is worth naming. Henny Penny has already been taken. Names anyone?

June 14th, 2014

The Downsides of Being a Dad