Rural People & Issues
This section of the website holds articles on everything you need to know about non-farming issues when living in the country. Choose from the menu on the left to browse our articles.
Winter - a time to put your hot bed down
Winter is a time of rest in the garden but for gardeners, it is a time to do repairs and prepare for the upcoming growing months.
It has been said that the most important ingredient in preserving olives is patience - six months worth to be exact.
With colder weather approaching lettuce is a commodity in the organic garden which goes off the menu.
Taste before you Buy - The Oakdale organics story
Imagine being able to taste your fruit and vegetables before purchasing them.
Gardening by the Moon
Moon gardening or lunar gardening, as it is sometimes called, is one of the oldest gardening practices, dating back to the Babylonian era.
Saving seeds, money and the planet
Aside from the obvious benefit of free plants, there are several reasons why you would want to harvest your own seeds.
12 fruit and vegetables to grow yourself
Avoiding the twelve most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables can reduce your pesticide exposure by up to 90%.
Sufficiency through giving and receiving
Have you ever considered that our food supply could be impacted in the same way?
Controlling pests with kitchen waste
September to November heralds new growth in the garden and the cycle of creation begins again.
International trends in organics
The worldwide organic food market has been growing at a rate of twenty percent per year, since 1990, and accounts for one to two percent of total food sales.
Dreaming of Buying a Lifestyle Block?
If this is your dream (and you are still at the dreaming-only stage), you’ll need to think about what you really want from this future life
Hill View Campsite in the Catlins
If ever you are tempted to entertain the old adage: ‘Men can’t do two things at once’, Kevin Boam will change your mind forever.
Planning and planting a woodlot
A supply of timber on your farm can be invaluable, both as a source of firewood and as a future source of income if you grow trees for fine timbers.
Planning and planting an orchard
Establishing an orchard on your lifestyle block can involve a good deal of work, and sometimes money, so it’s worth doing some careful planning before taking a spade to soil.
Finding the perfect lifestyle block
Lifestyle blocks come in all shapes and sizes and before you start looking for the perfect block you need to know what you're looking for.
Rural security - check list
Rural properties are easy targets for thieves. Here are some points to consider: Criminals like easy pickings so don't make it easy for them.
Trees add value to almost any property. Architects’ drawings usually include a tree or shrub to offset straight lines, soften sharp corners, accentuate geometric shapes, and create an atmosphere.
If the cap fits....
I did worry the other day when we had the first real cold snap since summer finished.
You scratch my back....
I saw an advert in a weekly rural paper which reminded me of a discovery I made a while back.
Small but powerful
It is so tough when you struggle each day to keep your self-esteem intact because one eye is continually on the bank balance and the other is always on the ever-diminishing budget forecast.