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Farming for Dummies
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Parkes, NSW, AU
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Farming for Dummies

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A city girl learns how to grow her own food sustainably with no prior experience. Be prepared for occasional funny failures and hopefully a steep learning curve!

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Barred Plymouth Rock Rooster

Around Christmas 2010 I, former resident of Munich, Germany, home to around 1.3 million people, purchased some land near the small rural community of Parkes, NSW, with a shire population of some 14,ooo.

I'd been involved in horses for most of my life, and finally purchased the land that would allow me to feed and keep my horses without the need to agist on someone else's property.

The land was cheap and useless to almost everyone else due to a rather hilly nature, large amounts of native vegetation and relatively unproductive pasture, erosion problems and limited access from main roads. I, however liked it, it was secluded and serene, just what I was after!

Got Enough Trees

It kinda-sort-of fed the horses for part of the year and the dams provided muddy but drinkable water and for the first twelve months or so not much happened to the actual property. But the thought of improving my pasture to reduce or completely eradicate the need for additional hand feeding and also feeding myself with all this land which was, up until now, just kind of sitting around uselessly and unproductively, soon entered my mind and has prompted me to do some research and finally start improving this place!

Barred Plymouth Rock Chick

There is not much here yet, some old fences that severely restrict my horses' access to grazing due to their hazardous nature, some small-ish dams, some of which have silted in when the dam wall on the single large dam broke during the floods, just after we signed the paperwork for the place and some pasture with lots of erosion problems, oh and not to forget, some remnant native forest and weedy regrowth.

Foxy in the Poo



I spend a lot of time with them and my main reason for buying acreage was to enable me to keep my horses at home. Here they are.

Posted almost 12 years ago (0 comments)

Roastie... I mean, chick update!

Not much new, just some more photos and thoughts on chickens.

Posted almost 12 years ago (0 comments)

More Peafowl Photos

Not really a useful update in any way, just some more pretty pictures.

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There are some new critters now calling this place their home ;)

Posted almost 12 years ago (7 comments)

Raised Beds, continued

There has been some minor progress with my raised bed!

Posted about 12 years ago (0 comments)

Things I've learnt about chickens!

Since coming to Australia, I have lived on several properties with chickens, however, it seems I was totally resistant to any kind of learning experience... I am now starting from scratch (haha) with my own chooks!

Posted about 12 years ago (0 comments)

Raised Beds

My first foray into raised beds. I'm not sure what to expect but I'll be sure to learn something one way or another...

Posted about 12 years ago (4 comments)


Of course anybody who knows anything about gardening knows about mulch. Alas, I am not anybody and I don’t really know much about gardening!

Posted about 12 years ago (4 comments)

Impulse Buying: Ooops

So, I guess we’ve all done this… Buying things on impulse. Yep, me too.

Posted about 12 years ago (0 comments)

Things to do on a rainy day

We all look for things to do on a rainy day.

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Fodder Trees

I have compiled a list of potential fodder trees and planted some sample trees to see how they do in my climate and soil. This will be a long-term project as trees will take several years to mature.

Posted about 12 years ago (2 comments)


Everybody talks about trees; fruit trees, nut trees, shade trees, legume trees, flowering trees, fodder trees and more! Here are some of my thoughts on trees, particularly of the fodder kind!

Posted about 12 years ago (0 comments)
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