We run multiple ‘worms farms’ and once or twice a year we clean out the farms, collect the castings and the ‘worm juice’.
Shionagh had been asking for a while and it was time we made her life a little easier by installing a Dishwasher.
Not normally a big thing.. but living off-grid means it has consequences.
After December’s rain, we saw our water started to get a little ‘brown’. As we rely on rain water collection this is not abnormal and can have lots of different indications.
But this was a first.
It’s that time again, and this time we can adjust all our newly installed adjustable solar racks.
It has taken a while but we are very pleased with them and the increase in efficiency is already paying off.
We returned home today from our trip to Sydney and were met with scenes of devastation.
The combination of extremely high temperatures and a severe lack of summer rain has taken a massive toll on our vege plots and gardens, and across the property.
We grow our own food as much as possible, but with the restricted water here lately as well as the fact that we are still getting established, we’ve found that we need to source food grown locally. Buying from local food stands, we find there is less packaging, we know the food is fresh, we pick it up on our way in or out of town with no special trips necessary.
We’ve gotten so good at keeping food in stock at home now, we only go into town once or maybe twice a week.
With the Compost Wall finished, we set about building our new large Compost bins. The fun part was always going to be the digging the 8 post hole needed to make the bin.
The ground here is like rock!
We have one of our new adjustable Solar Racks in place now supporting some of the new panels. This will allow us to adjust our Solar Panels for maximum efficiency based on the time of year and the angle of the sun.
We also now have a set dates for adjusting the panels. These are based on the Summer/Winter Solstice times and the adjust-ability of our Solar Racks
Water has always been an issue here.
Partly due to the steepness of our property(No flat land for tanks), and partly due to the intermittent nature of rain on the western side of the coastal ranges.