The Fig Tree Vending Machine
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The Fig Tree Vending Machine

Hungry? Just grab it! You see how it works, just like a vending machine. Sure it’s only working a few weeks a year, but nature doesn’t work on our timetable. She does it when ever she bloody well wants! Here are some handy instructions to follow: 1. Approach tree with ripe fruit 2. Pick off … Continue reading

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Tamarillo – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Year Round Tomato
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Tamarillo – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Year Round Tomato

It’s a Fruit – It’s a Vegetable. Whatever I’m surprised that Solanum betaceum (Tamarillo), does not feature more often in permaculture systems. They are a fast growing small tree with good drought resistance, thrive in a strong wind when kept in bush form to about 2 meters, and of course, they make delicious fruit – … Continue reading

The Mad Adventures of Chilli the Blind Chicken – Part 1
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The Mad Adventures of Chilli the Blind Chicken – Part 1

Spare a thought for Chilli, the ISA Brown x Leghorn x Australorp chicken who became a blind sometime after her first birthday, possibly during Melbourne’s Xmas heatwave. Not sure exactly when or how it happened – I was having a great old time in Gelnelg, Adelaide with the family at the time, and during my weekly reports from Dad, got the news that Chilli ‘wasn’t quite right’…. Continue reading