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Kitchen Bits

I have started looking at cupboards for the kitchen

I have already picked up these





for $25, I will give them a sand and a paint in whatever colour scheme we decide on, I am also watching an entire kitchen set in this style.

The sell quite cheaply for solid rimu.

I should be able to outfit the entire kitchen for around $200.

Kerosene powered absorption refrigerator

Just by chance when researching LPG refrigerators I stumbled across the concept of a kerosene powered fridge, then by accident I found an auction for a lovely retro kerosene fridge on trademe, and as luck would have it nobody else bid on it and I got it for the reserve of $100, a new LPG or Kerosene fridge of standard size runs about $1700 USD, so this a a great score.



I even found an Australian website that sells brand new parts for them

http://www.oillamps.com.au/Kero.html#KEROSENE FRIDGE PARTS

I also found three different instruction manuals this one is the most useful.

http://www.kaos.net.nz/country/kerosene.pdf

So I now have a very good idea of how they work and how to maintain and trouble shoot them, one of the more amusing solutions to problems with this type of fridge is to turn it upside down over night, (after removing the food and fuel of course)

This use between .5 and 1 litre of kerosene every 24hrs, though I don't know the exact consumption rates for this fridge as they vary depending on capacity, so best case scenario with the flame turned down as low as it will go without it going out all the time the kerosene to run it if I get it from the supplier I found that charges $2.48 per litre including GST, will work out about $10 a week $17.50 a week if it uses a full litre every 24hrs, which I hope to be able to use less.

So it is a cost, but an essential one at least at first, I am sure given enough time one could get themselves sustainable enough that I could get by without a fridge that requires fuel I need to purchase, but in the beginning I think this will be a godsend.

Some to die for links

Some to die for links if you're into Butchery, Sausage making etc.



Local Christchurch butchers suppliers
http://www.bunzl.co.nz/
http://www.dunninghams.co.nz/

Some great NZ videos on how to make sausages etc.
http://www.diytv.co.nz/index.php?option=com_seyret&Itemid=1&task=videodirectlink&id=46

Kerosene Lanterns

I picked up a couple of kerosene lanterns to go with my huge amount of kerosene.




I have the silver one already and it's in excellent condition, the wick is still wet with kerosene and is hardly used.

From the picture of the blue one it looks as if the wick has never been lit.

These will be great outside lighting for getting about to the loo and such without requiring much attention, as they literally run on the smell of an oily rag, and will just burn until they run out of kerosene, it will be interesting to do some timing tests on a full tank, to see if they are still running in the morning, I imagine they run for ages.

Nearly Local Scythe Supplier

This scythe supplier is more local than the states, their scythe blades are a good price, but all their accessories are hideously overpriced, however if you could pick up an old scythe on trademe and then buy a new blade they could prove more useful than ordering it from the states.

http://www.scythesaustralia.com.au/index.php

Scythes

This is very cool

http://www.scythesupply.com/index.htm

So I could buy a scythe handle on trademe, and buy a brand new blade for it, this I like the idea of.

Also check out this cool video of a guy using a scythe, seems very efficient.

Coal range

I picked up a shaker grate handle for my coal range on trademe

This is the handle that shakes the grate the coal sits burning on, and allows the ash to drop down into the ash pan and the coal to burn more efficiently.

It has a nice bronze or copper (I'm not sure which) handle to slow down the heat transfer to the handle.

Kerosene, mwuhahaha

I was in the stupormarket last week and in the trolleys at the front (where they reduce stuff to clear) I noticed some bottles of kerosene, I was thinking, but kerosene doesn't go off, so I have a look and it's reduced to $2.50 for a 1 litre bottle, I thought that's pretty good, so I grabbed 4 of them, being that it was beer night, after a few beers, I say few I mean 12, I decided, you know what it's not likely to be that cheap again, so I went back and got another 8, (ie all they had), so $30 in total and now I have 12 litres of kerosene.

EDIT, I have found a local supplier who will sell kerosene at $2.48 a litre, in whatever amount you want, you do have to provide the container.

This website seems cool

This website seems cool and they have a great article on building a chicken coup.

http://www.homegrownevolution.com/

My new building

My parents have bought me this



It doesn't look like much, but is apparently new and is quite big 8 metres by 3 metres.

I'm sure with a few tweaks it could be a nice place to live while we build the kitchen and bathouse.

Someone owes us a favour so they will hopefully transport it out to the country for us for no charge.

This will make staying out there over the weekend and eventually all the time that much more comfortable.

It looks a bit rough, but I think this is just because it has been stained rather than painted and has not been restained recently.

We picked it up for 2K which is not bad.

I discovered something new

I was looking for info on cheese moulds today and bumped into this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bresaola

and seeing that we now have moo cows of the possibly future edible variety, looking into beef products is something to think about.

Seeds!

I found my seed box in the garage, and some potting mix and some pots, yay, I was looking through the box and found my chilli seeds and remembered that the scotch bonnets were very hot I found the Scoville Scale and note that there is very little above Scotch Bonnet, I would be crazy to grow them hehe.

Chilli Heat: In 1902 Wibur Scoville developed a method for measuring the strength of Capsaicin in a given pepper, which originally meant tasting a diluted version of a pepper and giving it a value. Nowadays it can be done more accurately with the help of computers to rate the peppers in Scoville units, which indicate parts per million of capsaicin. The fiery sensation of chillis is caused by capsaicin, a potent chemical that survives both cooking and freezing, but apart from the burning sensation it also triggers the brain to produce endorphins, natural painkillers that promote a sense of well being.

The Scoville scale begins at zero with mild bell peppers and moves to the lower range of peppers measuring 1,500 to 2,500 such as cascabels, four out of ten. The Jalapeño is mid range at about 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units. The eight out of ten chillis such as cayenne, aji and pequin will rate about 30,000 to 50,00 units, while the habernero which rates as one of the hottest comes somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 units.

Chillis are easy to grow, they require minimal area and care. They will do best in warm climates or under glass with a long growing season and can be kept over winter in the right conditions. Many varieties make excellent pot plants and can be grown indoors as ornamentals although these are still edible. Be careful when growing different species close together as they will cross pollinate and produce hybrids, therefore do not keep these chilli pods for next years seeds as the required heat of the chilli may be effected by crossing with a hotter chilli. Variety Scoville Units

Pure Capsaicin 15,000,000 - 16, 000,000
Police Pepper Spray 5,000,000
Dorset Naga Pepper 923,000
Red Savina Pepper 350,000 - 580,000
Scotch Bonnet 100,000 - 325,000
Jamaican Hot Pepper 100,000 - 200,000
Rocoto Pepper 50,000 - 100,000
Pequin Pepper 75.000
Super Chilli Pepper 40,000 - 50,000
Cayenne Pepper 30,000 - 50,000
Tabasco Pepper 30,000 - 50,000
de Arbol Pepper 15,000 - 30,000
Aji Pepper 12,000 - 30,000
Serrano pepper 5,000 - 23,000
Hot Wax Pepper 5,000 - 10,000
Chipotle 5,000 - 10,000
Jalapeno Pepper 2,500 - 8,000
Guajilla Pepper 2,500 - 5,000
Tabasco Sauce 2,500
Pasilla Pepper 1,000 - 2,000
Ancho Pepper 1,000 - 2,000
Anaheim Pepper 500 - 2,500
Nu Mex Pepper 500 - 1,000
Santa Fe Grande Pepper 500 - 700
Pimento Pepper 100 - 500
Bell Pepper 0

Spring commeth sooneth

I had a look at the Red Currant canes I had stuck in a pot outside on the balcony and they have leaves and tiny bunches of tiny green berries, this is a good sign.

I think I will have a harder go at planting garlic, carrots and chillies this season.

Eating Naturally

Is one of my aims. Not that I am very good at it at times. The garden this year has been pretty awesome, although I think next time I need to plant lots of tomatoes, and strawberries.
We still have huge amounts of potatoes and some silver beet, though not sure how long it will last.
The garden is pretty much asleep for the winter. At some stage we will have a tunnel house of sorts and be able to grow stuff for more of the year.

One thing that has got me thinking a lot lately is wheat. It is probably reasonably likely that I am gluten intolerant. A lot of people are these days. I am perhaps a little too stubborn to give it up straight away, but cutting down I can think about.
There is a theory behind gluten intolerance.. That it is the effects of modifying the wheat that has lead to the increase in numbers of people that are gluten intolerant.
Modern day wheat is a result of 150 years of hybridisation, whereas rye, oats and barley have been left relatively unmodified.
Looks like I will stick to rye breads, etc.
I am very much of the opinion that Mother Nature gets it right, and there is no real need to mess with it.

Anyhow. I found this site, and I like it..
http://www.grainmills.co.nz/
Fresh is best. :)

Another google search found me some links on "heirloom" wheat varieties. The non-hybrid ones. This might be worth a think..
In the future I at least want to crush/mill/etc my own grain. Possibly grow them too. Tis a nice idea. I am looking forward to it.

Also need to think about planting some fruit trees too. Much planning to be done.

Yums

This is from a friend's journal. We should try this sometime :)
Elderflower Fritters.
http://syndicated.livejournal.com/fingers_andtoes/64257.html

We used to have a few Elderberry bushes at our old place. Not even sure if we have any here but I suspect there are some on the Burgess Rd boundary. Easy enough to get a hold of, so maybe I will plant an area in them? Then we can make lots of yums including wine and syrup.
Wanna come help make?/eat?/drink?

:)

lol

LOLKEP!

Will the craze catch on????

lolkep1

Update on the farm

Well, my friends, this is a very overdue update.
I have much sorting of photos to do so I can post some goodies about what we have been up to.
We have more baby piglets now. 2 more "litters" which did bring 16 piglets, however we've had the first cold blast of winter which has taken 2 of them. I am hoping we will be able to sell them at this time of year. Will wait about a month before we advertise them.
We have been very lucky with getting food for them. The calf rearing place where we are getting the rotten grain might be closing down, which I hope doesn't happen. Still getting old bread and produce from the supermarket. Ususally not a lot, but yesterday they were dumping a whole pallet of bananas, so the pigs are real happy! Also with the drying off of the milking cows in the area we have got our hands on about 800 litres of milk which they do really well on. All going well what we have here should last us over a week.
We have 3 pigs that we will get processed. The problem is though, that they are too big to catch. Unfortunately this means a lot of work to build more pig pens with yards so that we CAN actually get them processed. And it ain't gonna happen quickly. We are taking out a row of dead-ish trees to make room. These trees are no good as the variety planted needs more water than our ground can supply. Basically the wrong trees were planted for our area. Andrew has taken out a few of these trees a few weeks ago, but more still to do. It won't happen this weekend, and now that winter is fast approaching, the more changeable weather means we can't really plan on when it can happen. I'm hoping next weekend, but we'll see.
We got enough money from selling the last lot of piglets, and also selling some sheep fleece and meat, to buy 20 fence posts. This is only about half of what we need for this project. At over $15 each post it's gonna take a while. We don't have spare money so I am hoping that these babies will sell for us. I spent this morning clearing out the wood left there, and also taking down the sheep fence so that we can plan where our posts will go. I am hoping we have a bribable neighbour that will lend us a post driver.
Anyhow, I have a lot of sorting of photos to do! Will post when I have them done!

Giant pumpkin is giant

Rosa and I went out to the Kepp yesterday to say hi and check out the garden, it is wild and growing as usual, my Giant pumkpin is really big now and the other giant pumpkin I planted is growing a pumpkin too, so that's cool, we got some blackberries and after the recnet rain there were many dinner plate sized mushrooms, which are really amazing.

Summer so far doesn't look like the predicted drought.
We had a real dry spell, but the rains before Christmas have turned us back to green, and hopefully we'll stay green for a while longer too.

Baby chicks are growing up, so soon we'll have 2 million chookens instead of one million! lols. Looks like we have enough materials to build another chook house.... depending on what it takes to bribe misterschmoo to part with some of his cheap corrugated iron!
I would like to build more than just one more chook house though...
I also think that at some stage it will probably be a good idea to try and sell some chookins on trademe.

Nearly all the piglets are gone. Tomorrow 4 will be slaughered for the feast at Faire, leaving 3 left from the first farrows. That's one for misterschmoo's family, one for fnord_fnord's mother, and one for us. Looks like the other people that want piggies will have to wait for the next lot - hope that's ok guys!
Last Sunday Lola had her piglets. Only 2 live ones, but given her history we weren't surprised. One bright and cheerful little pink boy, who has started going a gorgeous champagney colour, and one adorable little girl, brown with black stripes.
The girl has been adopted by our neighbours, as she isn't doing so well and needs bottle feeding. They have even taken her away on holiday with them! We tried to give them a piglet earlier, to thank them for sourcing us much free pig food, but they were hanging out for Lola's litter, so this works out well, although it will be a lot of work for them!

So far just Bubbles' lambs and Matilda's lamb which is pretty big now! Will probably slaughter 2 for Faire, will talk to wootduosmaster about the food plan. One lamb and one mutton. Others looking closer to lambing now, but no idea when.. the joys of having the rams running with the ewes all the time.
I have decided that we have too many sheep. While we could just slaughter them, it's a bit unfair if they are pregnant ewes. I will see if I can find out what the going price is and advertise some in-lamb ewes on trademe. We certainly don't need 13 ewes... that's a few too many lambs!!

misterschmoo and fnord_fnord's garden is growing big and happy. Yay! We are enjoying lettuce and silver beet :) nomnoms. They need to come out and help us eat! *hint*

So that's about all of the updating!
Horses are keeping me busy, and we have started making hay, as well as buying in more hay and balage. This will keep me poor, good thing I plan to sell more horses!

:)

Dec. 11th, 2008

I found this online,  looks like a useful curiosity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_piston

Sheepies

Bubbles has given birth to twin lambies! One pink and one blue, and both white :)
Very cute. I will plan to get some photos this weekend :)

New Garden Photos

The worst thing about gardens is that on these long hot summery days, they require WATERING!
One day an auto waterer thingy will certainly be needed.
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Piglets

Piglets have been listed on trademe - weanlings.
Won't sell them all just yet, but hopefully we can sell most of them!

The bottle fed pet "Pigpig" has now been rehomed to a country family with 3 kids. :)

More Cute Piglet Photos!

Photos from Sunday.
How cute are these wee guys!! :D
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Vege Garden

These were from a couple of weeks ago, update photos will happen sometime also :)
The garden of misterschmoo, fnord_fnord and Puff, with encouragement from yours truly.
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Tasty

Saturday was slaughter day for one of our muttons. This is exciting as it means more yummy in the freezer.
Andrew was unsuccessful in his attempt to borrow the band saw from his work, so he has spent this evening chopping it all up by hand. misterschmoo is after some leather, so we are keeping the skin for this one, and I think we will try and tan this one before we attempt to tan the actual woolly sheepskins. I still have to salt it for storage.

We have a fair few sheep now! Especially after buying the extras from Gricklegrass. We did need a ram, but with all these ewes I think we will be in for a big lamb invasion! We will be cutting down the sheep numbers as well as the horse numbers. Looking forward for the late lambs to arrive!

I am not one for posting the gory photos, so here are some pretty ones, taken when about half of them were shorn :)

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Our lovely Bubbles

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The motley crew

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Peekaboo Poppet!

Chocolate

What self respecting woman would NOT like chocolate?
At a Service Station on the way home, I found some chocolate. Hell yeah, Merlot wine chocolate! gotta try it!
It's made in Aussie, from Australia's only cocoa plantation, and it's divine. I intend to buy more.

I found the website to share with you: http://www.farmbynature.com.au/

And if I was totally rich and won lotto lots, I would consider planting a cocoa plantation in a heated glasshouse :) But that's me dreaming.

Anyway, for those who are concerned with food miles, something that I am increasingly becoming aware of, this would be the closest cocoa farm to us, so knock yourself out!
I can't wait to try all the flavours, but personally, the Mango, Lime and Chilli isn't my scene. (yes, I bought 2 blocks of it!)

Chookins!

You know you love them! :)

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Oh So Fluffy!

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Check out the 'do!

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Ruffle ma feathers!

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Rock my Tail Feathers!

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What a MonstaRooney!

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Walk tha walk, talk the talk!

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Clucky, anyone?

Thorald's Mead recipes

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Here are the recipes for the mead Thorald made for St Crispins

Short mead

Sir William Pastons Mead

3.4 kg Honey
1.5 tbsp Dried Rosemary
45 Bay Leaves
2 Lemons Zest
25L Water

Boil up 10L of waters with the honey, Skimming any skum that rises
Add the Rosemary, Bay and Lemon zest and boil for 30 min
Pour 15L of Cold Water into your primary fermenter
Strain the must into the fermenter
Top up with cold water to 25L
Allow to cool (leave it overnight)
Pitch Yeast
Ferment for 3-5 day (depending on how fast the ferment is going)
Bottle and age for 10 days
Enjoy


Long mead

Mr Corsellises Antwerp Mead, and was aged for about 3
months.

2.3L of Water to 900g of honey

Once combined, Measure with a stick (eg wooden spoon) and mark the level
where the liquid up to and work out there 2/3rds is and mark it on the stick
Boil away a third (eg till the liquid level is down to the second mark)
Allow to cool (eg overnight)
Ferment (usually 2-3 months)
Bottle and Age (the longer the better)


Stepponi (raisin wine)

2Kg of Raisins
1Kg of White sugar
8 Lemons, Rind and Juice
20L Water
(NB this is 4 times the recipe)

Boil up the water
Whilst waiting for the water put the raisins and sugar and Lemon rind in
Fermenter
Stir
Pour lemon juice over and stir again
pour over boiling water and stir the entire mixture.
Sit for 24 hours (i stir occasionally)
Bottle in Pressure proof bottles
Allow to age (best if in cool place, like fridge :) )

The book these recipes are sourced from

www.kaos.net.nz/country



closet.doc - The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened - Kenelm Digby - Size 1.3 Megabytes

This Collection full of pleasing variety, and of such usefulness in the
Generality of it, to the Publique, coming to my hands, I should, had I
forborn the Publication thereof, have trespassed in a very considerable
concern upon my Countrey-men, The like having not in every particular
appeared in Print in the English tongue. There needs no Rhetoricating
Floscules to set it off. The Authour, as is well known, having been a
Person of Eminency for his Learning, and of Exquisite Curiosity in his
Researches, Even that Incomparable Sir Kenelme Digbie Knight, Fellow of the
Royal Society and Chancellour to the Queen Mother, (Et omen in Nomine) His
name does sufficiently Auspicate the Work. I shall only therefore add, That
there is herein (as by the Table hereunto affix'd will evidently to thee
appear) a sufficiency of Solids as well as Liquids for the sating the
Curiosities of each or the nicest Palate; and according to that old Saw in
the Regiment of Health, Incipe cum Liquido, &c. The Liquids premitted to
the Solids. These being so Excellent in their kinde, so beneficial and so
well ordered, I think it unhandsome, if not injurious, by the trouble of
any further Discourse, to detain thee any longer from falling to; Fall to
therefore, and much good may it do thee.

The Orchard Begins

I have made my first purchase for the Kep Orchard

I got a great price, 10 plants 5 of each of delivered for $45 in total

MEYER LEMONS: Most popular lemon for the home garden. Fruits heavily year after year. Thin-skinned, smooth, bright golden fruit throughout the year. Hardiest of all lemons.



BEARSS LIMES: A vigorous tree with bold dark green leaves slightly serrated at the edges. The fruit are medium in size, turning a pale yellow at maturity. The skin is thin, the flesh juicy and without seed. Fruit ripens in winter. Known as Green Lime.

Finally! Piglet photos!

These pics were taken the day Penny's piglets were born. They are no longer brand new, so I will grabs some more photos in a bit!
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Quick update

Garden is growing!
Piglets are growing!
Sheep are all shorn.
More for the freezer soon...
YAY!
:)

Thoughts on Gift Giving and Landfill

Living in our little cabin has made me realise how much crap we, as humans, tend to end up with. The fact that Christmas is coming up has made me think a little more about all this. We give stuff that people might not end up using, and we are given stuff that we don't necessarily want.
I love stuff, and love giving gifts, however I have had the urge to reassess all this.
It makes sense to give less crap, and if you wanna give, give something that you know they will want and use. It will likely save you money too.
The crap will continue to be produced, where there is demand. Consider buying second hand stuff to reduce the demand. Re-use and Re-cycle. Sure, we need rubbish dumps, but surely we don't need as much rubbish as we're producing. It's not so good on the earth and the sea.

My suggestions!
Do your Christmas shopping at second hand stores.
Make your own gifts and cards. Much more personalised and cheaper too!
Grow plants, perhaps? Pot plants are cool gifts (in my opinion, anyway!)
Less is more... or something. *grin* and we can then have more money to spend on making the world a better place :)

Sheepies

After many weekends of chipping away at it, we now have all the sheep shorn. Andrew's back gets sore, the clipper blades get blunt, and the sheep get arguementative.
The clippers have died on us now. Perhaps next time we just hire a professional to do the job!
We have got some lovely new sheep from Gricklegrass, but I'm now feeling the urge to downsize on numbers. We are glad to have the new rams, but fear that the cost of feeding this many through winter will just be painful.
We have new neighbours round the corner that were keen on buying some lambs - perhaps they will be interested in some ewes as well?

Still sorting multitudinous armfuls of photos. Sheep, chook and PIGLET!! photos to come soon! promise!

My Bee Hives

I have found the perfect design for my beehives, I had already decided to use Kenyan Top bar hives and I stumbled onto this guy's website, and he has the designs in google sketch which is great and free.

http://topbarbees.wordpress.com/about/

A-Z of Spring Gardening

(from a recent issue of Central Canterbury News, a local rag)

A - Abelias can be cut back (as hard as you like) and fed with biogold pellets.
B - Beans should be sown as soon as the soil is warm. Don't overwater.
C - Check camellias for scale insects, and if found, spray as soon as possible
D - Dahlias tubers can be planted in spring. Protect new shoots with Blitzem or Bayzol.
E - Everlasting daisies grow easily from seeds. A favourite with kids.
F - Frost damage can be trimmed off as soon as you're sure the frosts are finished.
G - Gardenias make new growth in spring and love to be fed with fish emulsion.
H - Hebes grow well in coastal areas and appreciate a light trim after flowering.
I - Irises make a sensational display in spring. Plant in full sun.
J - Just one good feed will be enough to keep pot plants in good health right through spring.
K - Kitchen gardens - plant tomatoes, zucchinis, sweetcorn, cucumbers, beans and basil.
L - Lawns can be aerated, patched and fed in spring. Hose on weed killer and food combined
saves time!
M - Mandarins, oranges, lemons etc will appreciate a spring feed of citrus food.
N - Nutricote has a special coating that only releases fertiliser when temperatures are warm
enough for the plants to grow.
O - Orchids can be divided in October and repotted. Feed with Acticote or Nitrosol.
P - Prune azaleas after flowering, feed with blood and bone, and spray leaves through summer.
Q - Quick-growing leafy veges such as lettuce should be fed weekly with soluble plant food.
R - Roses are at the height of their glory. Feed granular rose food and protect with Rose Gun.
S - Sunflowers provide weeks of bright colour. Yellow Empress grows up to 2 metres tall!
T - Tomatoes grown at home taste the best. Feed with concentrated tomato food and protect from
white fly.
U - Under eaves, plants are much more likely to be attacked by instect pests. Water leaves
regularly.
V - Vegetable varieties that do well in pots include: silverbeet, baby carrots, chillies,
beans, lettuces and baby beets.
W - Weedbusters. Protect native forests. Never dump garden refuse or lawn clippings in the
bush.
X - Xeriscaping is a term for landscaping with less water.
Y - Yates Garden Guide has been the trusted source of gardening information since 1895.
Z - Zucchinis started from seeds will be cropping in a couple of weeks.

Country Books

I have uploaded some books to my webserver for you to download and read if you like, I will add to the collection as time goes on to form a sort of library, don't post the link to this anywhere, or all our bandwidth will get used up by who knows who.

http://www.kaos.net.nz/country/



To download these books right click on the file name and choose "save link as" or whatever your browsers equivalent is,

If you just click on them it will try and load them up into Adobe Reader but first it will need to download them, and with the big ones this may lock up your system until the download is finished or crash if you try and browse back and forwards before it has downloaded.



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farmer.pdf - The 1918 Fanny Farmer Cookbook - The Boston Cooking School - Fanny Farmer - Size 1 Megabyte

This classic American cooking reference includes 1,849 recipes, including everything from “after-dinner coffee”—which Farmer notes is beneficial for a stomach “overtaxed by a hearty meal”—to “Zigaras à la Russe,” an elegant puff-pastry dish. The 1918 edition was the last edition of the cookbook authored completely by Farmer.

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cheese.pdf - Cheesemaking Made Easy - 60 Delicious Varieties - Ricki and Robert Carroll - Size 3 Megabytes

Step by step, Cheesemaking Made Easy presents everything the novice cheesemaker needs to know to make great tasting cheeses starting with the very first batch. Much of the equipment required is already found in the kitchen, and other items, such as cheese molds, can be made from common household objects.

Cheesemaking Made Easy even offers simple instructions for making a homemade press from scraps of wood and other easy-to-find parts. Cheesemaking Made Easy covers ingredients, 60 easy recipes, soft cheeses, hard cheeses, whey cheeses, goat's milk cheeses, bacterial and mold ripened cheeses. Photographic illustrations and a glossary are included.

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sufficiency.pdf - The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency - John Seymour - Size 26 Megabytes

Teaching all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land, from harnessing natural forms of energy and raising crops to keeping livestock and preserving foodstuffs, This is the most practical guide for realists and dreamers alike. John Seymour authored over 40 books, He died in the fall of 2004 at the age of 90.

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country.pdf - The Encyclopedia of Country Living - Carla Emery - Size 36 Megabytes

For twenty years people have relied on these hundreds of recipes, instructions, and morsels of invaluable practical advice on all aspects of growing and preparing food. This definitive classic on food, gardening, and self-sufficient living is a complete resource for living off the land with over 800 pages of collected wisdom from country maven, Carla Emery--how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, catch a pig, make soap, work with bees and more. Encyclopedia of Country Living is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, it deserves a place in every home--whether in the country, the city, or somewhere in between.

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Garden!

Garden is much of the awesome :D
So many ideas, so much to do.
Photos coming :)

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