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folk of all trades

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Compost
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There's something pretty special about making your own compost. It connects us to a circularilty and renewal that is so typical of all natural processes, where the output of one thing becomes the input of another.
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By collecting all the inedible but organic (once living) things that enter our property and circulate within it, we build soil nutrition and carbon storage on site. Everything that was once alive can be composted, and will do so without any input from us, but there are ways we can make the process more efficient in time, nutrition, and space.
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Sam is presenting a FREE Hot and Cold Composting workshop at Aldinga Library on Saturday July 31 at 11:30am - bookings in our bio linktree
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He'll cover the setup and process for both these methods; from daily composting of your household organics to managing bulk amounts and the difficult-to-compost materials like meat and dairy. You’ll leave with an understanding of how to make beautiful homemade compost for your own garden

Compost • There's something pretty special about making your own compost. It connects us to a circularilty and renewal that is so typical of all natural processes, where the output of one thing becomes the input of another. • By collecting all the inedible but organic (once living) things that enter our property and circulate within it, we build soil nutrition and carbon storage on site. Everything that was once alive can be composted, and will do so without any input from us, but there are ways we can make the process more efficient in time, nutrition, and space. • Sam is presenting a FREE Hot and Cold Composting workshop at Aldinga Library on Saturday July 31 at 11:30am - bookings in our bio linktree • He'll cover the setup and process for both these methods; from daily composting of your household organics to managing bulk amounts and the difficult-to-compost materials like meat and dairy. You’ll leave with an understanding of how to make beautiful homemade compost for your own garden

Hiking food
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Cooler weather is perfect for hiking, and we love exploring the magical trails down here on the Fleurieu Peninsula. This is the Deep Creek Cove hike from Trig campground - a stunning 3 hour walk, plus time to hang out at the cove (link to the walk in our bio)
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We always take some lunch and snacks with us on a hike, and find a sandwich wrapped in a beeswax wrap the perfect low-waste option. It was also a bit of a home-made milestone as Sam made the bread, cheese, and mustard
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@nationalparkssa are running a photo competition for the chance to win a special National Parks experience valued at up to $6,500, such as shark cage diving, a wilderness safari, a river cruise or a rock climbing adventure!
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To enter, pick up a limited-edition postcard from one of several locations across SA or download the picture on your phone - www.parks.sa.gov.au/getthefullpicture. Visit one of the featured National Parks & line up your postcard with the landmark to complete the picture. Share your photo entry on Instagram with hashtag

Hiking food • Cooler weather is perfect for hiking, and we love exploring the magical trails down here on the Fleurieu Peninsula. This is the Deep Creek Cove hike from Trig campground - a stunning 3 hour walk, plus time to hang out at the cove (link to the walk in our bio) • We always take some lunch and snacks with us on a hike, and find a sandwich wrapped in a beeswax wrap the perfect low-waste option. It was also a bit of a home-made milestone as Sam made the bread, cheese, and mustard • @nationalparkssa are running a photo competition for the chance to win a special National Parks experience valued at up to $6,500, such as shark cage diving, a wilderness safari, a river cruise or a rock climbing adventure! • To enter, pick up a limited-edition postcard from one of several locations across SA or download the picture on your phone - www.parks.sa.gov.au/getthefullpicture. Visit one of the featured National Parks & line up your postcard with the landmark to complete the picture. Share your photo entry on Instagram with hashtag #nationalparkssa, post it to National Parks SA or upload it on their website before June 18th 2021

DIY natural deodorants⁠
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We've tried lots of natural deodorants, including quite a few that we've made ourselves. Because everyone has different sensitivities and a unique skin microbiome, it can take some time to figure out which one works best⁠
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We make and use a range of DIY deodorants including a spray version, powder version, and paste version. We'll be making these at our upcoming workshop at Woodcroft Community Centre on Wednesday 9 June; it's only $5 and you get to make two deodorants to takeaway⁠
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Check out the link in our bio to grab your spot⁠

DIY natural deodorants⁠ •⁠ We've tried lots of natural deodorants, including quite a few that we've made ourselves. Because everyone has different sensitivities and a unique skin microbiome, it can take some time to figure out which one works best⁠ •⁠ We make and use a range of DIY deodorants including a spray version, powder version, and paste version. We'll be making these at our upcoming workshop at Woodcroft Community Centre on Wednesday 9 June; it's only $5 and you get to make two deodorants to takeaway⁠ •⁠ Check out the link in our bio to grab your spot⁠

 
Oak handled Moka pot
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Is this the most hipster thing you've ever seen? It's unnecessary, as the plastic handle was still functional and working as intended, but replacing it with wood is something Sam has been talking about for years. 
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That being said, it is now much more beautiful, not least because of the imperfections in the carving and many facets from the unsanded surface. It was also a good opportunity to practice detailed joinery, which is something that comes in handy for many woodworking projects.
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What's the most unnecessary but beautiful thing you've made or own?

Oak handled Moka pot • Is this the most hipster thing you've ever seen? It's unnecessary, as the plastic handle was still functional and working as intended, but replacing it with wood is something Sam has been talking about for years. • That being said, it is now much more beautiful, not least because of the imperfections in the carving and many facets from the unsanded surface. It was also a good opportunity to practice detailed joinery, which is something that comes in handy for many woodworking projects. • What's the most unnecessary but beautiful thing you've made or own?

Permaculture⁠
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We use permaculture principles all the time when deciding how to organise our life and get more yield for less labour and resources.⁠
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These beans we grow on the northern side of our converted shipping container workshop are a great example. They want to climb, and put out beautiful big leaves to catch as much sunshine as they can during summer. Meanwhile, our shipping container can get too hot from too much sun, so we put up some mesh over the northern window and let the beans do their thing. ⁠
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We could have bought plastic shadecloth or built a temporary shade structure, but this way we do less work, use fewer resources, and get a beautiful organic source of protein that will store throughout winter.⁠
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If you want to learn how to think like a permaculturalist, and can get to Aldinga on Saturday May 29, then we'd love to see you at the workshop Dani is running with Chris from @cockatoocreekfarm - details in the linktree in our bio
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Thanks @greenadelaidesa and @baxterwilliamwiles  for the picture

Permaculture⁠ ​•⁠ We use permaculture principles all the time when deciding how to organise our life and get more yield for less labour and resources.⁠ ​•⁠ These beans we grow on the northern side of our converted shipping container workshop are a great example. They want to climb, and put out beautiful big leaves to catch as much sunshine as they can during summer. Meanwhile, our shipping container can get too hot from too much sun, so we put up some mesh over the northern window and let the beans do their thing. ⁠ ​•⁠ We could have bought plastic shadecloth or built a temporary shade structure, but this way we do less work, use fewer resources, and get a beautiful organic source of protein that will store throughout winter.⁠ ​•⁠ If you want to learn how to think like a permaculturalist, and can get to Aldinga on Saturday May 29, then we'd love to see you at the workshop Dani is running with Chris from @cockatoocreekfarm - details in the linktree in our bio ​•⁠ Thanks @greenadelaidesa and @baxterwilliamwiles for the picture

To slash or not to slash?⁠
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Sam had too many things going on at once when this bread went in the oven, so only half the loaves got slashed.⁠
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The principle behind slashing or scoring bread is that it allows the bread to expand in a controlled way. As you can see on the left, the bread was able to spring evenly in the oven. The loaf on the right burst through in one area only, which meant it didn't rise as much and also doesn't look as attractive.⁠
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There are so many different designs and ways to score bread - it's just another way to add creativity and beauty to the breadmaking experience!⁠
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To slash or not to slash?⁠ •⁠ Sam had too many things going on at once when this bread went in the oven, so only half the loaves got slashed.⁠ •⁠ The principle behind slashing or scoring bread is that it allows the bread to expand in a controlled way. As you can see on the left, the bread was able to spring evenly in the oven. The loaf on the right burst through in one area only, which meant it didn't rise as much and also doesn't look as attractive.⁠ •⁠ There are so many different designs and ways to score bread - it's just another way to add creativity and beauty to the breadmaking experience!⁠ •⁠ #ovenspring #sourdough #bread #breadtechnique #breadmaking #rye #baking #baker #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

Crop rotation⁠
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The last big harvest from our only remaining summer row. These eggplants, capsicums, and chillies all grow together in one of our market garden style rows as they are in the Solanaceae family. ⁠
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The advantage of this practice is we can make sure we rotate our crops, so we won't be growing potatoes in the same row, or even tomatoes or capsicums in this row next summer. This helps stop things like root rot nematode taking hold.⁠
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The disadvantage of this pratice is that it makes it easier for pests to go from plant to plant. To combat this we try to grow a mix of chillies, capsicums, and eggplants, rather than have them all grouped together. We are also encouraging frogs and spiders in the garden to predate on the main solanaceae pest we have problems with - Budworms (Helicoverpa spp)⁠
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Crop rotation⁠ •⁠ The last big harvest from our only remaining summer row. These eggplants, capsicums, and chillies all grow together in one of our market garden style rows as they are in the Solanaceae family. ⁠ •⁠ The advantage of this practice is we can make sure we rotate our crops, so we won't be growing potatoes in the same row, or even tomatoes or capsicums in this row next summer. This helps stop things like root rot nematode taking hold.⁠ •⁠ The disadvantage of this pratice is that it makes it easier for pests to go from plant to plant. To combat this we try to grow a mix of chillies, capsicums, and eggplants, rather than have them all grouped together. We are also encouraging frogs and spiders in the garden to predate on the main solanaceae pest we have problems with - Budworms (Helicoverpa spp)⁠ •⁠ #eggplant #chillies #veggies #homegrown #vegetablegarden #organic #organicgardening #veggiegarden #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

 
Learning new things - Cheesemaking⁠
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The feeling of learning something new is so addictive to us. Going from knowing next to nothing to realising how little you actually know can be frustrating. Needing to research and ask people questions, but still not knowing what the right questions to ask are.⁠
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Then you start to experiment. You try and are successful sometimes but still fail and aren't sure why. You read more, ask better questions, and start to adjust techniques and processes. ⁠
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Finally you get confident enough to start experimenting, to question why you have to do certain things, and you stop needing to look at how-to's so often. Failures become rare and you get in a rhythm, able to adjust when things don't go exactly to plan.⁠
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This journey describes our cheesemaking adventure over the past year, but it is common to learning almost any new skill. We are grateful to David Asher @theblacksheepschool for writing an excellent cheesemaking book @theslowhey for sharing milk kefir and answering questions early in the journey, and Magic Harvest for sharing beautiful milk and advice.⁠
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What are you excited to learn about next?⁠
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Learning new things - Cheesemaking⁠ ​•⁠ The feeling of learning something new is so addictive to us. Going from knowing next to nothing to realising how little you actually know can be frustrating. Needing to research and ask people questions, but still not knowing what the right questions to ask are.⁠ ​•⁠ Then you start to experiment. You try and are successful sometimes but still fail and aren't sure why. You read more, ask better questions, and start to adjust techniques and processes. ⁠ ​•⁠ Finally you get confident enough to start experimenting, to question why you have to do certain things, and you stop needing to look at how-to's so often. Failures become rare and you get in a rhythm, able to adjust when things don't go exactly to plan.⁠ ​•⁠ This journey describes our cheesemaking adventure over the past year, but it is common to learning almost any new skill. We are grateful to David Asher @theblacksheepschool for writing an excellent cheesemaking book @theslowhey for sharing milk kefir and answering questions early in the journey, and Magic Harvest for sharing beautiful milk and advice.⁠ ​•⁠ What are you excited to learn about next?⁠ ​•⁠ #chevre #tomme #GoatCheese #cheese #Rawmilk #cheesemaking #goatmilk #homemadecheese #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

We thought we would share our process for preparing a garden bed ahead of planting, which includes;
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Reducing compaction
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Adding gypsum (due to our heavy clay soil) and compost to improve soil structure
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And feeding the soil with a complete organic fertiliser so the plant has all the nutrients and minerals it requires for a season of growth
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Have you heard about @adelaideediblegardentrail yet? It's a project to share tips and stories of people already growing here in Adelaide, and to inspire others to do the same. They've got lots of cool video tours and people will be sharing their pictures and stories too
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This video is part of the Food Fun(damentals) series with the @thefoodembassy . Supported by @cityofonkaparinga
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We thought we would share our process for preparing a garden bed ahead of planting, which includes; •⁠ Reducing compaction •⁠ Adding gypsum (due to our heavy clay soil) and compost to improve soil structure •⁠ And feeding the soil with a complete organic fertiliser so the plant has all the nutrients and minerals it requires for a season of growth •⁠ Have you heard about @adelaideediblegardentrail yet? It's a project to share tips and stories of people already growing here in Adelaide, and to inspire others to do the same. They've got lots of cool video tours and people will be sharing their pictures and stories too •⁠ This video is part of the Food Fun(damentals) series with the @thefoodembassy . Supported by @cityofonkaparinga •⁠ #organic #seed #seedling #growing #veggies #homegrown #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades #AdelaideEdibleGardenTrail

Quandongs are growing!⁠
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Really stoked with the germination of our Quandong (Kurti in Kaurna language) this year.⁠
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We followed the Neville Bonney method; soaking overnight before a blazing hot summer day and then laying on an oven tray to crack in the sun. After that they were rested on a light potting mix and finally once the seed begins to open up they are placed into tubes.⁠
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Quandongs are famously parasitic, but they don't require a host until they are a few months old, so these will be planted near other natives this winter.⁠
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Quandongs are growing!⁠ ​•⁠ Really stoked with the germination of our Quandong (Kurti in Kaurna language) this year.⁠ ​•⁠ We followed the Neville Bonney method; soaking overnight before a blazing hot summer day and then laying on an oven tray to crack in the sun. After that they were rested on a light potting mix and finally once the seed begins to open up they are placed into tubes.⁠ ​•⁠ Quandongs are famously parasitic, but they don't require a host until they are a few months old, so these will be planted near other natives this winter.⁠ ​•⁠ #kurti #quandong #australiannativefood #bushfood #bushtucker #seed #propagation #Fruittree #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

Growing veggies from seed⁠
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There are few things as satisfying as growing your own food from seed. We've been food gardening for over 10 years, but it's only been in the last couple of years that we have really started nailing growing our own seedlings.⁠
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Dani is running a workshop this Saturday 11am at Woodcroft Community Centre (link in our bio) and sharing the tips and tricks we've gained over the years. Tickets are just $5 and there are a few spots left - we'd love to see you there!⁠
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Growing veggies from seed⁠ ​•⁠ There are few things as satisfying as growing your own food from seed. We've been food gardening for over 10 years, but it's only been in the last couple of years that we have really started nailing growing our own seedlings.⁠ ​•⁠ Dani is running a workshop this Saturday 11am at Woodcroft Community Centre (link in our bio) and sharing the tips and tricks we've gained over the years. Tickets are just $5 and there are a few spots left - we'd love to see you there!⁠ ​•⁠ #seed #seedling #growing #veggies #homegrown #vegetablegarden #GoSouthGoLocal #AdelaideEdibleGardenTrail #veggiegarden #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades⁠ ⁠

 
Restoring an old spokeshave
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A neighbour kindly gifted us some old spokeshaves that belonged to her father, which consist of a chisel-like blade held in a two-handled unit. They are great for making fine smoothing cuts, and in our case, working the handles of spoons and the outside of bowls.
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This spokeshave hadn't been used in some time when given to us, and then sat in our shed for quite some time too. Finally we got inspired by the @gardeningaustralia segment by Luke Mitchell @woodstoneragandbone where he lovingly restored an old pruning saw, and so Sam took the spokeshave apart, soaked the whole thing in vinegar for a couple of days, and scrubbed it with steel wool. The blade also received the full sharpening treatment on our water grinder, and now looks as good as it works.
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What tools have you got laying around that could use some love and attention?
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Restoring an old spokeshave • A neighbour kindly gifted us some old spokeshaves that belonged to her father, which consist of a chisel-like blade held in a two-handled unit. They are great for making fine smoothing cuts, and in our case, working the handles of spoons and the outside of bowls. • This spokeshave hadn't been used in some time when given to us, and then sat in our shed for quite some time too. Finally we got inspired by the @gardeningaustralia segment by Luke Mitchell @woodstoneragandbone where he lovingly restored an old pruning saw, and so Sam took the spokeshave apart, soaked the whole thing in vinegar for a couple of days, and scrubbed it with steel wool. The blade also received the full sharpening treatment on our water grinder, and now looks as good as it works. • What tools have you got laying around that could use some love and attention? • #spokeshave #restoration #diy #repair #woodworking #handtools #timber #wood #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

Our main vegetable garden in Permaculture Zone 1, taken about a month ago (it's now fully in transition to winter crops)⁠
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From closest to furthest, there's a row of cherry tomatoes growing on mesh, cucumbers and leeks, big indeterminate tomatoes growing on strings and a bamboo frame, capsicums and eggplant, leeks and beetroot, pumpkins and corn, and finally a row of cucumber & melon & pumpkin & corn.⁠
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The big learnings from this year were; that we will always use mesh to grow tomatoes from now on - it was much easier to manage than the string and frame method. We are really happy with the double-row 45cm offset spacing for capsicums and eggplant after having crowded them in previous years. And we had our best cucumber crop ever by doing an early planting followed by a late planting.⁠
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What were your learnings this season?⁠
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Our main vegetable garden in Permaculture Zone 1, taken about a month ago (it's now fully in transition to winter crops)⁠ •⠀⁠⁠ From closest to furthest, there's a row of cherry tomatoes growing on mesh, cucumbers and leeks, big indeterminate tomatoes growing on strings and a bamboo frame, capsicums and eggplant, leeks and beetroot, pumpkins and corn, and finally a row of cucumber & melon & pumpkin & corn.⁠ •⠀⁠ The big learnings from this year were; that we will always use mesh to grow tomatoes from now on - it was much easier to manage than the string and frame method. We are really happy with the double-row 45cm offset spacing for capsicums and eggplant after having crowded them in previous years. And we had our best cucumber crop ever by doing an early planting followed by a late planting.⁠ •⠀⁠ What were your learnings this season?⁠ •⠀⁠ #summer #growing #veggies #homegrown #vegetablegarden #organic #organicgardening #veggiegarden #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

Grubby hands and white walls⁠
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As gardeners we often have dirt on our hands, and the bathroom wall around the light switch ends up copping some of that dirt.⁠
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Rather than just washing the walls, which is a temporary solution at best, we decided to cover the area with timber. When timber gets dirty it develops a 'patina', which is actually quite beautiful in our opinion. ⁠
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It was also a good opportunity for Sam to practice his mitre joints, where two pieces of 90 degree timber are joined with two 45 degree cuts. Using scrap wood that was neither square or consistently thick made for an extra challenge. If you don't look too closely, it worked out pretty well. In any case, it will protect the wall for years to come.⁠
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Grubby hands and white walls⁠ •⁠ As gardeners we often have dirt on our hands, and the bathroom wall around the light switch ends up copping some of that dirt.⁠ •⁠ Rather than just washing the walls, which is a temporary solution at best, we decided to cover the area with timber. When timber gets dirty it develops a 'patina', which is actually quite beautiful in our opinion. ⁠ •⁠ It was also a good opportunity for Sam to practice his mitre joints, where two pieces of 90 degree timber are joined with two 45 degree cuts. Using scrap wood that was neither square or consistently thick made for an extra challenge. If you don't look too closely, it worked out pretty well. In any case, it will protect the wall for years to come.⁠ •⁠ #mitrejoint #Design #diy #repair #woodworking #handtools #timber #wood #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

 
Planting out winter seedlings⁠
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Dani sowed lots of seeds back in February so we can replant our beds with healthy sized seedlings as soon as summer crops come out. This is a great way to be more efficient with a smaller growing space.⁠
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Our seedlings have already been 'hardened off', which means we have exposed them to wind and full sun, and even left them out on a table overnight. This avoids the plants getting overly shocked, which can sometimes happen if you plant straight from your windowsill or greenhouse.⁠
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However, we still want to give seedlings the best possible start when they are in the ground, and to protect them from drying winds and nibbling mouths. As a result, we put glass jars or flagons with the bottoms cut off over the seedlings for the first week after planting, or until they get too big. We find this massively reduces our losses and the plants that are protected always grow faster than the ones without covers, which are also called cloches.⁠
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We used to think that overheating might be an issue, but it doesn't seem to be. The cloche traps moisture and creates a more humid environment, which reduces evaporation from the leaves.⁠
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Planting out winter seedlings⁠ ​•⁠ Dani sowed lots of seeds back in February so we can replant our beds with healthy sized seedlings as soon as summer crops come out. This is a great way to be more efficient with a smaller growing space.⁠ ​•⁠ Our seedlings have already been 'hardened off', which means we have exposed them to wind and full sun, and even left them out on a table overnight. This avoids the plants getting overly shocked, which can sometimes happen if you plant straight from your windowsill or greenhouse.⁠ ​•⁠ However, we still want to give seedlings the best possible start when they are in the ground, and to protect them from drying winds and nibbling mouths. As a result, we put glass jars or flagons with the bottoms cut off over the seedlings for the first week after planting, or until they get too big. We find this massively reduces our losses and the plants that are protected always grow faster than the ones without covers, which are also called cloches.⁠ ​•⁠ We used to think that overheating might be an issue, but it doesn't seem to be. The cloche traps moisture and creates a more humid environment, which reduces evaporation from the leaves.⁠ ​•⁠ #cloche #growing #veggies #homegrown #vegetablegarden #organic #organicgardening #veggiegarden⁠ #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

DIY Green Roof construction
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Since posting a couple of pictures back in November of our shipping container green roof, an article with full costings and step-by-step pictures has been published in the latest edition of @theownerbuilder magazine
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We hope it will inspire people to keep experimenting with this construction technique, particularly in urban areas where biodiversity is decreasing and the urban heat island effect is increasing
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If it's too tricky to read the article here as images, we've also uploaded a pdf to a shared google drive folder (link in our bio) while we wait for our website to launch - coming this winter!
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DIY Green Roof construction • Since posting a couple of pictures back in November of our shipping container green roof, an article with full costings and step-by-step pictures has been published in the latest edition of @theownerbuilder magazine • We hope it will inspire people to keep experimenting with this construction technique, particularly in urban areas where biodiversity is decreasing and the urban heat island effect is increasing • If it's too tricky to read the article here as images, we've also uploaded a pdf to a shared google drive folder (link in our bio) while we wait for our website to launch - coming this winter! • #greenroof #livingroof #rooftopgarden #growing #nature #biodiversity #habitat #revegetation #greenarchitecture #Design #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

Honey harvest 2021
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This is our first time harvesting honey, which we've taken from our very active Langstroth (classic box) hive. The bees are from a swarm we caught back in September, and they've been working hard all through spring and summer.
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Our main motivation for keeping bees isn't honey, it's for their pollination services and the pleasure of watching them work. We made the decision to harvest this weekend because they had completely filled their second box with honey and had therefore ran out of room.
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We subscribe to a philosophy of natural beekeeping, which is an approach that prioritises the health of the bees. It's something we are still learning about, but one approach we've taken on is to cut out the wax and honey together, and let the bees build brand new wax. This means we get less honey, but means the bees are always building fresh comb, which can reduce the prevalence of pests and diseases. It also means we get more beeswax for candles, balms, and beeswax wraps.
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The bulk of the honey harvest went into jars, which look like liquid sunshine and taste incredible. All the rinsings and scraps went into a pot to separate the wax and honey water. The latter will be fermented into mead and a sparkling honey soft drink we will carbonate using homebrewing equipment. Yum!
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Honey harvest 2021 • This is our first time harvesting honey, which we've taken from our very active Langstroth (classic box) hive. The bees are from a swarm we caught back in September, and they've been working hard all through spring and summer. • Our main motivation for keeping bees isn't honey, it's for their pollination services and the pleasure of watching them work. We made the decision to harvest this weekend because they had completely filled their second box with honey and had therefore ran out of room. • We subscribe to a philosophy of natural beekeeping, which is an approach that prioritises the health of the bees. It's something we are still learning about, but one approach we've taken on is to cut out the wax and honey together, and let the bees build brand new wax. This means we get less honey, but means the bees are always building fresh comb, which can reduce the prevalence of pests and diseases. It also means we get more beeswax for candles, balms, and beeswax wraps. • The bulk of the honey harvest went into jars, which look like liquid sunshine and taste incredible. All the rinsings and scraps went into a pot to separate the wax and honey water. The latter will be fermented into mead and a sparkling honey soft drink we will carbonate using homebrewing equipment. Yum! • #honey #beekeeping #harvest #naturalbeekeeping #mead #beeswax #veggiegarden #o #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

 
Main pumpkin harvest part 1⁠
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We are still trialing different pumpkin varieties at our place to find the ones that grow best in our situation, and with our gardening style.⁠
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Two clear winners this year have been Galeux D'Eysines (the round and warty one) and Gramma (like a long butternut). ⁠
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The ones pictured all average about 4kg, which means each pumpkin makes a number of meals; usually a soup, some roast pumpkin, a curry, or risotto.⁠
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There are also some spaghetti squash pictured - these don't store quite as well as pumpkins, but will happily sit on the bench for a month or so.⁠
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How to tell when a pumpkin is ripe? Check out our post from December 24 :)⁠
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Main pumpkin harvest part 1⁠ ​•⁠ We are still trialing different pumpkin varieties at our place to find the ones that grow best in our situation, and with our gardening style.⁠ ​•⁠ Two clear winners this year have been Galeux D'Eysines (the round and warty one) and Gramma (like a long butternut). ⁠ ​•⁠ The ones pictured all average about 4kg, which means each pumpkin makes a number of meals; usually a soup, some roast pumpkin, a curry, or risotto.⁠ ​•⁠ There are also some spaghetti squash pictured - these don't store quite as well as pumpkins, but will happily sit on the bench for a month or so.⁠ ​•⁠ How to tell when a pumpkin is ripe? Check out our post from December 24 :)⁠ ​•⁠ #pumpkin #growing #veggies #homegrown #vegetablegarden #organic #organicgardening #veggiegarden #backtobasics #simpleliving #natural #diy #makeyourown #sustainability #greenliving #sustainableliving #simplelife #eco #voluntarysimplicity #homestead #plasticfree #waronwaste #zerowaste #retrosuburbia #permaculture #permacultureaustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #adelaide #southaustralia #folkofalltrades

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