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Hot Wire

Hot Wire

Telling it like it is.

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When the shoestring's a bit short

When the shoestring's a bit short

A weekly piece full of tips and old fashioned wisdom (with an up-to-date twist) to help with the constant battle of financial survivial.

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Down to the ground

Down to the ground

Diana Noonan, award-winning author and passionate gardener shares her ideas and inspires us to make the most of our gardens.

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  • 'Tis the Season ...

    sunflowerwThe sun is shining! After 12 weeks of continual rain, a non-existant spring where temperatures were akin to those in August, and a local A & P show being cancelled for the first time in 130 years, the heat is here. Our community celebrated yesterday with a barbecue during which, I am ashamed to admit, few heeded sun-safe warnings but rather, ditched the umbrellas and lounged in the warmth.

  • Bye Bye to the Blues

    broccoliEach spring, right up until not so long ago, I used to buy a packet of Nitrophoska – not a large one, but just enough for a little sprinkle on each vege bed. I can't tell you why I did it because my gardens are so stuffed with seaweed, compost, and animal manure that there's not a lot of room for anything else. I suppose you could put it down to an unfounded anxiety that I wasn't giving my veges enough of what they needed, or perhaps it was simply that I'd grown up on a farm where the same fertilizer spread on the swede paddock got thrown onto the garden.

  • Farming Diary for December

    december farming diary There's always a lot to think about in December. There's pressure at work to meet pre-Christmas deadlines, end of school and all that involves with exams and prize giving, summer holiday plans - and then what's happening on the farm and what needs to be done. The media reports of another possible drought don't help either.