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Just starting all over again. Have moved from Christchurch to the Bay of Plenty so have lots to learn about a new growing climate but very excited by the number of fruit trees on our new property. I am currently preparing the garden beds and looking forward to seeing what can be accomplished on a 2.4 hectare property.

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Continuing Our Bee Adventures

I've already shared a little about our bees and catching a swarm. so this is a kind of update but a lot has changed since the season started. We have now collected a second swarm and we are experimenting with three different kinds of hives. I thought I would journal some of our learning curves. 

As far as our other hives are concerned we have had a lot to think…


Posted on December 7, 2011 at 2:00pm

Growing Rabbits for Meat

Growing rabbits for meat is a very productive enterprise. When our children were small we lived in a small town, on a small property and we decided to experiment with growing NZ White rabbits for meat. It was a great way to put meat on the table for a…


Posted on October 21, 2011 at 8:00pm — 12 Comments

Collecting Our First Swarm of Bees

We started off with two langstroth hives. That is what the beekeepers say to do. You can monitor the hives and compare them and you soon know if one is doing better than the other. We were late gettting going into the season last year and bought the hives and nucs middle of October. At the end of the season we were please with the 20-30 kilos of honey, even if we had…


Posted on October 5, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Think About This - Grow Things You Like to Eat

So many books and so many different ideas. I try to read the books for information that is sensible. I love organic books, permaculture books etc, but the truth is I haven't got the time or energy to worry about the cycles of the moon or burying things into the ground I just want to grow fruit and vegetables. Whether or not there is a scientific base to half of what I have read over the years I don't know... There is a vast array of ideas and concepts in books, some more scientific that…


Posted on September 30, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

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At 10:49am on February 2, 2016, Andy Topp said…

I am looking for NZ white rabbits to raise for meat. Are you still raising rabbits? and interested in selling any? 

At 3:04pm on November 18, 2011, Roxy Hart said…

Thanx for clearing that up for me love :) Think ill stick to chickens and lambs. 

p.s Your swarm photo is awesome.

At 3:25pm on November 17, 2011, Roxy Hart said…

Hi Katherine, this may be a silly question...do your rabbits stay in the cages in the coup or do you open the cages and let them into the coup area?

At 12:14am on November 14, 2011, Lucette and Niki said…

hi Katherine, Great photo of the swarm collection. I m feeling pretty excited about the bees. I've got a friend that is a commercial bee keeper who i can go along with now and then, but I'm keen to meet as many people keeping bees as possible. Are you going to create an artificial swarm from your langstroth and have more hives or convert? I don't know any one with a top bar hive yet. You are welcome to come by and see the one I made. I had already caught the swarm when I was building the hive, So was a bit rushed, I think I'll build another with an observation window. All the best Niki

At 6:17pm on September 13, 2011, Megan said…
hello Katherine, welcome to ooooby. It sounds as though your garden is keeping you very busy, looking forward to seeing photos. I grew tree onions for the first time this year and they're great, haven't given them a chance to bulb up yet, been using them as spring onions and boy, do they have a kick :) Am into my second season of growing garlic and just about to finish my last two bulbs - have planted many more cloves this year as well as lots of hardneck bulbils so should be able to keep more of my harvest for the table.


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