Changing the Way We Look at Fermented Foods

In times of old people naturally fermented their foods in order to extend the shelf life (if they had a shelf that is) Food tasted a bit different when it was naturally fermented and it added extra flavour to otherwise bland food. What they probably didn’t realise was that their health was enhanced because of […]

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Home Made Soy Sauce

You will need these utensils: Heavy frying pan or griller A very large saucepan Incubator set at 30ºC Thermometer Tray Before the soy sauce can be made, we need to make a Shoyu Koji Sauce 7 cups of soy beans 6 ½ cups whole wheat berries 2 teaspoons starter 3 ½ cups sea salt 1 […]

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Growing Tropical Vegetables

Do you fall into the same rut every summer with your vegetable garden? We can grow many of our favourite vegetables through most of the year but when the summer heat strikes, most of our plants just seem to wilt away. Lettuces bolt to seed and the tomatoes are wilting when the summer sun beats […]

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Gardening with Pig Power

We first started keeping a couple of pigs nearly twenty years ago and had only a two year break of having none. Now that’s eighteen years of pig keeping, and as you might guess, we like having them. This means that we have a steady supply of free range pork, bacon and sausages at our […]

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Backyard Bee Keeping

We’ve been backyard bee keeping for twenty-one years now and I certainly couldn’t possibly imagine life without a perennial supply of honey at my finger tips. Having our own honey has always given me that sense of appreciation for this natural sweetener which changes in flavour with every season. Using a spoon of honey in […]

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Home Made Soap

This is the basic home made soap recipe. I found the instructions for making soap in The Australian Earth Garden’s Self- Sufficiency Handbook on page 324 - very handy over the years. Use plastic buckets and a wooden spoon and wear rubber gloves and have some vinegar or lemon juice handy in the event of […]

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Creating a Food Forest Garden

When planting tropical vegetables it needs to be kept in mind that they generally take up more space than the average temperate vegetable such as lettuce, beans and capsicum. Tropical vegetables are by nature perennial and they grow to a larger proportion in size and this means that they can overwhelm other plants in the […]

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