Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


It has been a busy day in the garden today, I finally got around to harvesting all the free seeds. I got Celery, 2 types of pick your own lettuce and 7 year beans..

Once a plant has gone to seed, you need to wait for the seed pods to dry on the plant...this way you know that the seed is fully grown. Pick the stems and over a large bowl, crumble the seed pods in your hands....collectiong the seeds as they fall in the bowl.

Once you have your harvested seeds, leave them for a few days, in a cool covered space  like the garage; to allow any lurking moisture to be fully evaporated.  There can be no moisture left in the seeds when you store them, or they will grow mouldy.

This time to dry fully also allows any critters to crawl away and find a new home. You will be surprised at how many different critters are taking up home in your seeds. 

Once the seeds are fully dried, store in a labelled container...I prefer glass jars if there is plenty of seed. Label the jar clearly with the seeds title and the month and year you harvested the seeds.

Store you seeds either in a cool dark space.

Remember, any seeds you save this year, you won't have to pay for next year....

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