All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.
Gabriel García Márquez
Since I began A Farm of Your Home in 2012, I’ve been asked many questions. Here are the answers to some of my favourite frequently asked questions…
Are you coming back? When are you writing again?
I started A Farm of your home in 2012 as a hobby blog, writing sporadically and over that time, my passion for it has grown and this year in 2019, I am committed to making it my full-time job!
Garden posts will go up Mondays, Kitchen posts Wednesdays and Apothecary and wellness posts up on Fridays.
My garden and the blog need some rehabilitation, but I hope to bring them both back, better than ever before. I’m always open to friendly feedback so if there is something you want me to investigate, let me know!
What happened to your birds and bees?
I used to keep chickens and bees, that’s true. I hope to perhaps have a beehive back at my house again, but any beekeeper will tell you having just one hive can be problematic, and I simply don’t have room for two hives! My hive now lives with a host of other beehives.
We have turned my old apiary into an outdoor run for our cat, Jinx!
The last of my chickens moved to a friends farm. I loved my chickens! And yes, I miss them. But as I moved to a plant-based lifestyle, I simply didn’t eat eggs anymore. My chickens became a big investment of time, effort and money and in the end, I couldn’t justify their price.
But I still have my coop! I am thinking of turning it into another greenhouse, what do you think?
Can you send me some of your seed/plants for free? Pretty please?
I’m happy to seed swap for something I don’t already have. There are a number of reliable, fantastic seed suppliers about who could help you out if there is something in particular that you’re after. (See my favourites below!)
Where do you find all your heirloom seeds?
Everywhere! I swap, I scourge, I seek! Farmers markets, swaps with friends, flea markets and even organic pantry wholesalers. My top three favourite seed suppliers would have to be Yilgarn, Fair Dinkum Seeds and Diggers.
Why are you planting tomatoes in October? Are you MAD?
I live in Perth, Western Australia which is in the southern hemisphere. My seasons may be the opposite of yours! Perth has a warm climate, with hot summers and mild winters. I can grow tomatoes pretty much year-round.
Your place looks so interesting, can I come over for a visit and a cup of tea?
I’ve met some lovely people via A Farm of Your Home. Despite sharing my garden, kitchen and apothecary online, I am somewhat protective of my family and home. There have been occasions when I have hosted tours of my garden, but they have been arranged by appointment. So, if we haven’t previously met, please don’t be offended if I refuse your request for my home address.
Will you come and work in our community garden?
I would love to come and visit! My own garden is the size of a community garden and it keeps me busy. My garden and blog keeps me super busy and is my priority. I’m a homebody!
Why are you growing so many vegetables? Are you a prepper?
I’m not a prepper. I grow my own produce because I love gardening and I am otherwise a greedy eater who is fussy and passionate about delicious fresh food. I am not motivated to garden by anticipating a zombie apocalypse, TEOTWAWKI or an invasion of reptilian aliens.
I’ll be going down with the earth-ship if I’m wrong.
That said, growing your own food is of enormous benefit to our society, environment and your health, as it stands, right now!
Don’t wait until the imminent end of the world before you plant something!
Do you do workshops or courses?
I have done informal workshops, but it is something I hope to develop in the near future. Perhaps let me know what your most pressing knowledge gap is? What kind of course would you like to see?
I do have a series of guides, worksheets and a garden diary for my Subscribers. You can find them, free to download in our Resource Library.
Can I put your post on my blog?
Please do not post the entire content of any blog post, DIY step-by-step photos, or written instructions without my written permission. A Farm of Your Home is protected by copyright laws.
Please feel free to pin my photos on Pinterest or link to my posts.
If you are a print publication wanting to use an image or have any other questions please email melissa AT afarmofyourhome DOT com.
Can I write a guest post for your site?
That depends, but usually no. If you want to guest post, please send me a brief article pitch with a link to your website. I do not pay for guest post material. All guest posts will be marked as Guest Post and linked back to your site. Please do not send me any full articles for consideration on A Farm of Your Home, I will delete them.
Can I advertise on A Farm of Your Home?
I don’t offer ads at A Farm of Your Home. But I do consider paid contributed posts and other relevant, interesting content to me and my readers! All contributed posts will be clearly stated as such. Please contact me via email if you wish to discuss.
How old are you? Are you a Christian? Are you planning on having more children?
Why do you want to know all that?
Haha! Here goes…
3. Hell no!
How do I get access to your Subscriber Resource Library?
Ok, not really a FAQ!
But, something I want to let you know about! I have created a Resource Library at A Farm of Your Home, where I stash all my really useful guides, templates, and exclusive content not available on the blog.
Access is super easy! All I require is for you to sign up below and the secret password will be emailed to you straight away.
So if there is anything else you would like to know, please contact me at melissa AT afarmofyourhome DOT com
I look forward to hearing from you!