Keep planting and sowing, living and knowing that beautiful things take time (and that’s okay).Morgan Harper Nichols
I’m back into A Farm of Your Home with a renewed vigour.
But, my outlook has changed somewhat. I began this hobby and blog in 2012, 7 years ago. So much has changed since then, not the least of all me!
In 2019, I’m planning for A Farm of Your Home to evolve from a hobby into a business. But, I’m doing things differently. I’m planning to cultivate this business the same way I cultivate my garden. I’m still working on the details, but I’ll share that with you in a future post.
I am committing to posting three times a week. I’ve missed writing. While social media is wonderful (so many gorgeous edible gardens out there!) after browsing, I feel as if my synapses have been pruned. I crave a longer read, a sustained immersion into the subjects I’m passionate about. And having recently discovered my “
My garden remains front and centre, the heart of A Farm of Your Home. I
After years of despairing at the sand that is my soil, I’m going to replace my front raised beds with wicking beds. A while ago, I realized my efforts to improve my sandy soil were more likely doing more harm than good, polluting the watertable that lies 18 meters below ground.
Wicking beds will be much more efficient with water too. In the heat of summer, I used to water the garden every morning with the hose. While not illegal, in my desperation to keep my garden alive I failed to see how wasteful it was. Plus, the water drained away so fast, it failed to do much good. With the wicking beds in place, I will need to water far less frequently and the water will go directly where it needs to go. No waste.
Plant Based Gardening.
Ok, this one sounds weird, right? I mean, obviously, a garden has plants. Manure was a huge expense in my garden, both monetarily and environmentally. It was also one of the most unpleasant jobs I had to do! I typically purchased a cubic metre of pig manure which was funky for days after spreading and oddly, filled with chicken bones. At least, I hope they were chicken bones!
I no longer have my chickens who used to provide me with manure that went into my compost bins. My chicken’s diet was supplemented with a purchased organic chicken laying mix which was expensive too. Without my chickens, who were my main source of manure, I have an opportunity to experiment.
I am hoping to eradicate the
I have an odd space under the laundry stairs that would make an ideal mushroom house. Currently, it is a wasted space that stores a few items that are probably best taken to the tip shop for recycling.
My greenhouse is another odd space in the garden, and over the years I literally gathered things off the roadside, bits from the tip-shop and crammed them in the space, occasionally shuffling it all about to try and make the dinky space work. This year, I am planning to renovate my greenhouse and create a customised, built-in solution that makes the use of every inch, fit for purpose.
Chicken Coop and Apiary.
With my bees and chickens gone, I must admit, I am still at a bit of a loss with what to do with the apiary space, or the remaining chicken run (I gave away the attached coop on Gumtree). Any ideas?
I adore my seed bank! When I first started it, I went for every heirloom variety I could find and over the years, have curated a collection of plants that grow and yield reliably. I’ll still cultivate the fussier varieties, but I know now not to fill the garden with them! A seed bank, well-curated will actually improve with time as you choose the best seeds every season suited to your particular climate.
It makes sense that if you are growing an edible garden, you’ll have a harvest to eat! So in the Kitchen section, you’ll find all of A Farm of Your Home’s recipes. I’ll be posting new recipes every Wednesday.
Plant Based Food.
In the last few years, my family has attempted to transition to whole, plant-based foods. Frankly, we are not 100% there and I tend to cave into the kids who still like to eat a bit of dairy and meat. For all my life, I have been a vegetarian, but an unhealthy one. Ironically, I didn’t eat many whole fruits and vegetables. I loved bread, pasta, cheese, milk, butter, cream and potatoes and if it was all mixed in together and deep fried then so much the better!
Plant-based eating has been a challenge, and a learning curve. Some things are easily substituted, others, frankly, aren’t worth the bother! But being healthier is worth effort. And I have been surprised at how delicious a plant-based diet can be. People are concerned that eating just plant-based food will be constricting, but I have never enjoyed a greater variety of tasty meals! The times I am disappointed is when I have tried supermarket processed food like some vegan cheeses, vegan smallgoods and frozen fast foods.
Fermenting and Preserving.
A garden harvest can often mean a glut, even in an urban setting. So that’s where fermenting and preserving help extend the harvest and keep you in deliciousness for longer! I’ll
I love a good cocktail! But I have resolved to quit alcohol this year. So you’ll find most of the drinks included in A Farm of Your Home this year will be alcohol-free, but can easily
So many plants have value and usefulness other than for eating. This is a new category for A Farm of Your Home, but for many years has been a passion of mine!
Many of you are already familiar with the soothing gel of aloe vera after too much time in the sun, or how peppermint tea can calm a bloated belly, every Friday, I’ll post all remedies and beauty treatments.
Skin and Body Care.
Many herbs and plants have a long tradition of being used in beauty treatments, from aging skin to acne. I have always had problematic skin, which has been treated with everything from prescribed medication, pharmaceutical chemicals, and salon treatments. Today, my skin is very sensitive and I wonder if I treated one problem and created another.
These days, I’m taking a much gentler approach!
Not sure what to do with elderberries? Need a gargle for a sore throat? Want to soothe some sunburn? You’ll find the answer in your garden! While your good sense knows home remedies are not a substitute for a doctors consultation for serious issues, home remedies can offer relief and often work well.
Have you downloaded my free Garden Journal pages yet?
I’m sure that you, like me, have much to want to get done this year! I looked all over for a Garden Journal to suit me, and couldn’t find one, so made one to share. Please, if you haven’t got yours yet, sign up now and you’ll also get weekly updates and new journal pages sent every month.