Category Archives: The Veg Patch

Hippies for the hippy

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So it looks like the bushy thing that I thought was an agapanthus turns out to be nothing like an agapanthus. It suddenly started blossoming with these white lily looking flowers. I asked around work to see if anyone knew what it was as the foliage is all wrong for most lilies and it looks to be a Hippeastrum. So the hippy (me) is growing hippies hahahahaha!

 

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I’ll have to take some better pics tonight as it really is quite lovely.

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Aquackulture aka Duckoponics! (aka omgomgomgomg squeeeee! hehehe)

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How did I not know about this before???? I stumbled upon Duckoponics this afternoon while watching some permaculture videos and it’s basically using ducks in the nutrient water system instead of fish (or as well as fish depending on your set up). This would actually solve my clean swimming water problem that I have with the ducks because I’m having a lot of trouble keeping it relatively clean for them. I was going to get a little blue clam shell kiddy pond which would be easier to clean but this would be stacks better as they can keep using the bathtub that they currently use, I just need to sort out a solar pump for it.

Found this video on YouTube by Charlie Mgee that would be a perfect setup for me. Love the idea of using the blue clamshell pools as the grow beds:


I’m really looking forward to the Christmas holidays because things are going to start cracking around the farm. I’m getting 2 IBC tanks which I’m going to cut in half and make my 4 wicking beds to start the veg going. I’ll be taking pics of the whole process so I’ll keep you posted on that. I’m all inspired by the Quackuaponics so I’m going to see what I can do with the existing setup. I might have to move their bathing bathtub from it’s current location though so I’ll have to put on my thinking cap to work out the layout for everything. Just a little bit excited now hehe. My brain has started firing with ideas again after my little lull. And by not doing anything for the last couple of months I’ve saved up a bit of cash so I can set it all up properly from the start.

I’ve also been thinking about getting some miniature goats for goats milk (and just general entertainment and garden helpers). I’ve got the perfect area for them but I need to reinforce the fencing and modify an existing structure to make them a stable. Do goats live in stables? I have no idea what a goat house is called! Goat barn maybe? I dunno. Anyway that’s on the cards too…. maybe some mini pigs as well. Brain firing I tells ya!!