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Buying local in The Scenic Rim

Buying local in The Scenic Rim

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.

Passive heating and cooling the house

Passive heating and cooling the house

By our estimations, the house here at Arborlon was built about 20 years ago.We don’t know who built it, but as we’ve lived here now for two years, we’ve noticed how well they designed the aspects of the house to achieve natural heating and cooling. We have no need for heating or air-conditioning!

How to make a DIY garden cloche for young seedlings

How to make a DIY garden cloche for young seedlings

Being off-grid, we try to make use of everything. The rule of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle is always on our mind here at Arborlon. So when we had accumulated enough flour containers, we decided to make them into something useful instead of tossing them in the recycling bin. In their second life they have become cloches in our veggie garden to help protect our young seedlings from being eaten by critters.

Spanikopita when there’s too much spinach!

Spanikopita when there’s too much spinach!

What do you do when nature throws you too much spinach, you make Spanikopita!
Growing your own food is one thing, but eating the food you grow is a whole other thing. You have to be prepared with recipes and ideas of how to use the abundance of food that nature gives you, which prompted me to start posting some recipes to help us all use our home grown veg. So,

Re-doing the Raspberries – 6th October 2016

Re-doing the Raspberries – 6th October 2016

We have had Native Raspberries(Rubus probus) in pots at the top of the driveway now for almost a year. They have done well, but they do cop a bit of a hiding from the traffic, the sun, the birds etc. So we have decided to move and replace them.

The Raspberries will go to the ‘Raspberry Patch” and they will be replaced with Lomandras.(Lomandra longifolia, Lomandra hystrix, Lomandra confertifolia)