Running the farm
This section of the website holds articles on everything you need to know about running your lifestyle farm. Choose from the menu on the left to browse our articles.
Disposal of wastewater on small lifestyle blocks
As the lot sizes are smaller than in the past your neighbours are closer than ever, therefore what you do directly impacts on your neighbours.
How to do a soil test
Fertiliser is the most expensive input on most farms – so you can’t afford to make mistakes or get ripped off through ignorance.
Young tree maintenance during the Summer
Its not the time to be complacent with your young trees especially in these warm conditions. Here’s a few tips:
Trees will enhance the value of any property - big farm, small farm, lifestyle block, public park, roadside.
They say that firewood warms you twice; once when you burn it and once when you chop it.
Chainsaws are not cheap to run, but they get really expensive with neglect and lack of servicing.
The chainsaw is the most dangerous tool on the farm, and its potential for damage to life and limb is underestimated every day.
Farm bike skills
It is important you have a thorough knowledge of the way your bike operates before you start riding it.
Growing Apples (Malus domestica)
Apples have been eaten for thousands of years and the number of varieties is staggering.
Planting your fruit (and nut) trees
There is an old saying that you put a $1 tree in a $10 hole. Inflation may adjust the figures but it still holds true. Put tenfold the effort into planting and you set your tree up for life.
New Zealanders spend significantly more on bananas than any other fruit. On average, each family consumes 18kg of imported bananas every year.
Fruit facts - Almonds
The almond is a dry-fleshed cousin of a peach with a tasty kernel. It is one of the first trees to blossom in spring and is long-lived for a fruit tree, living up to 70 years old.
Naturally Fruity: Avocados
The avocado fruit has a completely unique taste and can take over 12 months to mature on the tree.
Rosemary - one of those wonderful herbs …
Rosemary is such an important medicinal and culinary herb it seems that there is a great opportunity for good quality locally grown product.
Get a Taste for Growing Fennel
Some years ago I bought a punnet of fennel seedlings from my local garden centre.
Jerusalem Artichokes are a strange plant, or you could say a wrongly named vegetable.
Laundry Detergent Does Grow on Trees …
The Soap Nut or Soap Berry is an extraordinary tree that produces a nut with high saponin content.
Walnuts - Tasty, nutritious & healthy
Ever wanted to make the ultimate statement of self sufficiency at Christmas time?
Figs are deciduous and grow to become very large trees - an ideal niche crop on a lifestyle property looking to supply an urban market.
Saffron - Crocus Sativus has been cultivated for its valuable stigma for over 3000 years. Growing saffron is a delicate balancing act.
Growing Pine Nuts
Pine Nuts not only taste fabulous and are rich in protein, oil and a great source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), but what would pesto be without pine nuts?