The Winter Greenhouse

Every autumn I sow a mustard greencrop in the greenhouse beneath the still growing tomatoes and peppers. Mustard for soil is like lemon juice for livers – a deep cleanse, (or biofumigant if you want the techy term). I don’t chemically sterilise my greenhouse soil or go through the rigours of emptying it all out […]

Save Your Chooks From Red Mites

Chooks are so awesome. So much love + all the weeding and fertilising and eggs they bring. Keeping populations of red mite at a low ebb in the chook house holds up our end of the bargain and is the least we can do. Red mites are tiny 1mm bird parasites. They wriggle into joins […]

My top 10 healthy chook essentials

Keeping chooks in good nick is a matter of pride don’t you think. A vibrant comb, bright eyed + alert, productive + a bit cheeky – this is how we want our chooks to roll. The thing is chooks are really vulnerable to parasites – internal and external when in captivity, so today I want […]

It’s red mite season – check your chookhouse!

Summer is red mite season, so today I want to encourage you to check your chook house. Tonight! Without delay! Red mites are nocturnal parasities that live in the walls and come out at night to feed on your chooks. Little devils! Because they aren’t about in the daytime, you can have low level infestation […]