Beginners Guide to Growing Amazing Herbs

Beginners Guide to Growing Amazing Herbs

Welcome to our ‘Start a Vegetable Garden From Scratch’ Episode number Three – growing herbs.  It is now the middle of Spring here and so far in the garden at Piwakawaka Valley we have some rosemary, Thyme, Parsley (curly and plain), Chives, Cabbage...
30 Frugal Ways to Decorate your Homestead this Christmas

30 Frugal Ways to Decorate your Homestead this Christmas

The holiday season is my absolute favorite! However it is very possible to spend far too much money on decorating your home over the Christmas period. I have searched the whole internet and found you the best frugal ways to decorate your homestead this Christmas. 30...
10 Unique Ways to Make the Holiday Season More Affordable

10 Unique Ways to Make the Holiday Season More Affordable

This is the time of the year where all the spending seems to come at once. There are some simple tips and tricks that you can use to help keep the holiday season more affordable and to even save money! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule or one of the many...
Make Your Own Aged Timber Shelves

Make Your Own Aged Timber Shelves

Our new kitchen is starting to come together on the Piwakawaka Valley Homestead. All it needs now are some aged timber shelves. I recon the heart of the home truly is the kitchen, and have I joked with my hubby that we have really built a kitchen with a table and...
Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

If you are anything like me, you will want to give a gift that is from the heart, is lovely, but doesn’t break the bank. If it can be an eco friendly gift at the same time? Even better! This year there is a handmade gift bootcamp that will show you how to make...
Delicious Ricotta from Leftover Whey

Delicious Ricotta from Leftover Whey

When you make cheese, like my super easy mozzarella, you are left with a huge pot of whey. Whey is full of protein and is great food for chooks and pigs and makes yummy soft bread.  But before you do all that try making some yummy ricotta first. Easy Ricotta Recipe...
How to Raise Baby Chicks: Raising Baby Chickens

How to Raise Baby Chicks: Raising Baby Chickens

Chickens are one of the easiest farm animals to keep once they are adults. However raising baby chicks is difficult, and can result in many deaths if you are not raising your baby chickens correctly. To successfully raise baby chicks you need to have the right...