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

The Quails

A quail of a time in the garden… they get to see everything and when you move closer to them they get excited and start dancing and jumping around… they want one thing – worms! We have quails because they lay lots of little eggs and we find chickens need more space than we can … More The Quails

Kombucha

   Fabulous Kombucha. This is a pro-biotic health drink that we ‘grow’. It is a culture much like yogurt is a culture. Its been around for a long time and seems to go in and out of vogue. A friend of ours used to make Kombucha in the 70’s and when we recently mentioned it he … More Kombucha

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

A Herb Spiral

The idea of a herb spiral is two-fold. first it creates good drainage whereby it has a flow down affect when watering from the top of the spiral. Second it has more and less sheltered areas depending on the sun’s movements so more or less sensitive plants can be placed appropriately. It also has a … More A Herb Spiral

Recycled materials

Using recycled materials is fun… creative… ethical… inexpensive… and can be very functional. Sources: hard rubbish, work site skips, tip shop, gumtree, excess unused project materials. The timbers used to make this quail roosting enclosure are all old hardwood cladding boards from a house renovation. The perspex is also off cuts from some building site. … More Recycled materials

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

Ayam Cemani

Said to be possibly the most coveted chicken breed on the globe, the Ayam Cemani (Java Chicken) is a heritage breed with unusual pigmentation. They have a dominant gene that causes hyperpigmentation (Fibromelanosis), making the chicken entirely black; including feathers, beak, and internal organs. Consequently, they are highly prised for their eggs and for use in rituals and … More Ayam Cemani