Honey Bees

We call it BlueBee Honey… And despite what you might think, urban bee keeping is relatively easy. I suppose we cheated a bit because we’ve bought our hive nucleus ready made each time we have started a hive. This means we get a box with a colony in it and a healthy queen, honey and brood […]

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Girl Power

First, lets acknowledge the hard work of the 12 men who have been setting up the infrastructure of the farm. Rock breakers, wall builders, excavators, carriers, labourers, carpenters and all out hard workers. Next lets talk about GIRL POWER. The women have been amazing and truly there would be little to show for the organic farming … More Girl Power

Organic farming

  Most vegetables and fruits that you buy in the super market, the market or even warung and restaurants have been sprayed with chemicals that are not good for eating unless they are cleaned very thoroughly. Even when we wash our food before preparing it to eat, the chemical sprays get inside the food and … More Organic farming

First Fruits

5eyesfarm is getting underway. While the aquaponics setup is happening we are using the remaining land to grow organic produce. A lot has happened in a short time with beds  created, composted, mulched and planted. Not using chemical sprays for anything means  careful pest controls by hand and with natural oils. Making the beds:   … More First Fruits

Yabbies & fish

The silver perch is a medium-sized freshwater fish of the family Terapontidae endemic to the Murray-Darling river system in south-eastern Australia. Wikipedia Scientific name: Bidyanus bidyanus Rank: Species Phylum: Chordata Higher classification: Bidyanus Order: Perciformes Found in: Somerset Dam, Lake Awoonga, Hinze Dam We have 50 silver’s growing in a 1000 litre IBC tank (ex-food grade used for sugar syrup). These form the basis … More Yabbies & fish

Herbs and spices

Bees are the inspiration behind choosing most of our herbs in Melbourne… Lavender, basil, sage, and edible flowers like calendula and marigolds. We do use them in cooking and only just realised recently that most of the flowers we have are edible and good for salads and so on. Other herbs that grow so easily are … More Herbs and spices

Honey Bees

We call it BlueBee Honey… And despite what you might think, urban bee keeping is relatively easy. I suppose we cheated a bit because we’ve bought our hive nucleus ready made each time we have started a hive. This means we get a box with a colony in it and a healthy queen, honey and brood … More Honey Bees

5 eyes farm

What is 5 eyes farm? “5 eyes” (translated mata lima) is an ancient planting pattern used for palm and big farm plantings so that standing almost anywhere you see 5 avenues between the trees heading off in every direction. As it happens, bees have 5 eyes too and as bee keepers and happy experimental gardeners we like … More 5 eyes farm

Aquaponics

Home garden Aquaponics     We’ve been experimenting. After reading blogs, watching youtube and reading books we have built an aquaponics system. Its our prototype and it seems to be working well so far. The basic idea of aquaponics is that the fish feed the plants, the plants clean the water for the fish and everything … More Aquaponics