Eat what you grow, or grow what you eat?
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by Liz Beavis
6M ago
Most conventional vegetable garden planning advice says to "grow what you eat", to look in your fridge for ideas of what to grow in your garden, otherwise your veggies will sit out there in the garden untouched and your efforts will be wasted. I tried this the first year in my new veggie garden, I planted tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, corn, broccoli and celery, which were all things we liked to eat and would regularly buy from the supermarket. The tomatoes were attacked by fruit fly, the carrots were short and fat with many "legs", the potatoes didn't grow in our heavy clay soil, the brocc ..read more
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Why do chickens stop laying eggs in winter?
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by Liz Beavis
11M ago
Chickens naturally stop laying eggs in winter.  Actually when you think about it, the fact that they lay an egg a day for so much of the year is completely unnatural.  Birds in the wild will only lay a few eggs until they have a clutch to hatch, but we have bred chickens to just keep laying every day, no wonder they need a break! Part of the reason we keep so many chickens (usually around twenty hens), is that we get just enough eggs through winter to have one or two each a day. In spring we will get up to twenty eggs a day and in winter it will be two or three eggs. You can use ..read more
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5 tips for growing your own veggies to save on your food bill
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by Liz Beavis
1y ago
While mindlessly scrolling Facebook I saw a post which was an article from 2017 that had been reshared. The title of the article was "No, poor New Zealand families can’t just ‘grow their own vegetables'". I read the article, and it got me thinking. I know that people grow vegetables for lots of reasons, saving money may be a minor reason for some people. Growing your own vegetables can give you a greater variety of vegetables that you can't get in the supermarket, you know they are chemical-free, they taste better, and you get the enjoyment of some physical activity outside in nature. But that ..read more
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Renovating a Queenslander house - where to start??
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by Liz Beavis
1y ago
We bought our 258 acres property with no house, knowing that we would eventually build a house so that we could live on the property. While we were agonising over the exact type and layout of house we wanted to build, a small Queenslander house was advertised for sale on a nearby property.   We moved the house... We had lived in a Queenslander house before, and we knew that they were a lot of work to maintain. We had actually sworn that we would NEVER live in another Queenslander house! But when we saw this little house advertised, and that it was in pretty good condition, we decided tha ..read more
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Posts about Growing Vegetables on Eight Acres
Eight Acres Blog
by Liz Beavis
1y ago
I started my first vegetable garden in 2008 after I was inspired by a DVD in which Peter Cundall (from Gardening Australia) dug up a lawn with a rotary hoe. We were able to borrow a rotary hoe from a friend and built a giant shade structure using secondhand shade cloth. I watered the garden using dam water and a fire-fighting pump. I grew vegetables from seedlings and seed. We had gluts of zucchini and tomatoes, and at other times virtually nothing grew. The relative success was luck more than anything else, as I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Since then, I have read just about ever ..read more
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Understanding Desalination: How to remove salt from bore water
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by Liz Beavis
1y ago
Water security is a massive priority for us, particular in dry seasons. We have a few bores on our property, and at times we find that the water is too salty to use on the vegetable garden, for the chickens or even for cattle water. I have been wondering for a while if there is a cost-effective option to remove the salt, so I was happy to be approached by SWS Pacific with the offer of an article on this subject.   The desalination units are still relatively expensive at around $6000, however, sometimes water security is worth the investment depending on your other water sources and y ..read more
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How to make beeswax candles (and some myth busting!)
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by Liz Beavis
1y ago
I'm always looking for ways to use the natural materials that we produce on our property, and one of those is beeswax. I've been using beeswax to make beeswax wraps, various balms and salves, beeswax wraps and leather dressing. And I've been selling beeswax to other people to make their own DIY products, including candles. Beeswax candles One thing I hadn't tried yet it was beeswax candles myself, so I did some research on the options for making beeswax candles. You can either pour the beeswax into a jar with a wick or you can use a mould (usually silicone, but also sometimes metal o ..read more
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Backyard Chickens - where to start!
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by Liz Beavis
2y ago
Backyard chickens are said to be the “gateway” animal to more serious homesteading. They are small and easy to care for, you can keep them on a suburban block or any larger property.  You can have anywhere from 2-3 to 200 or more chickens. Pete and I have been keeping chickens for over 10 years.  At different times we’ve had pure bred Rhode Island Reds, White Leghorns, Isa Browns and everything in between, including hatching our own chicks. We’ve also tried turkeys, guinea fowl and bantam chickens.    Over the years we’ve learnt a lot about these funny little birds an ..read more
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Hatching chicks - incubator vs mama hen
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by Liz Beavis
2y ago
Over the years I've hatched hundreds of chicks using an electric incubator, but I never used a clucky hen to hatch chicks. I had thought about doing it because I don't like relying on an electric incubator, but I just wasn't sure where to start. Then one afternoon late last year I spotted a chicken (or rather Max the kelpie dog spotted a chicken) in the long grass with seven little baby chicks that she had hatched. This escaped mama hen had sat on her eggs for the past 3 weeks and when they hatched, she brought them all back over to the chicken area and was trying to get back in. Side note: O ..read more
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Eight Acres Soap is Different!
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by Liz Beavis
2y ago
The mass-produced soap that you buy at the supermarket likely contains all sorts of synthetic colours, fragrances and other chemicals that you’d rather avoid. You’ve probably had bad experiences with poor quality soap that turns to mush in your soap dish. You might not even bother with soap, preferring body wash (and all the chemicals that go with it). It can feel quite overwhelming when you look at the back of a soap package and see ingredients you can’t even pronounce. If you start to do any research, you find that half of them are going to cause you long-term problems. But you don’t have t ..read more
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