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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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My first sweetcorn seeds for the season have gone into the ground. I've sown two varieties so far and will be planting at least another three. I didn't plan to grow so much corn, but I couldn't resist. A corn and maize conservation project run by Greenpatch Organic Seeds is now in its third year and Australian gardeners can start to reap its rewards. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at little eco footprints
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Many herbs and weeds can be used as herbal tea. Drinking herbal tea is an easy way to increase water intake. It's also an easy way to take healing herbs and increase your intake of antioxidants. You can buy herbal teas bags. But often the contents are stale, highly processed, and of a volume far too small to be of benefit. I prefer my herbal tea to be homegrown or wild. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Rachel. Yes - the flowers always trick me into thinking the cold weather is over too. Im often tempted to start my spring plantings - but am pleased i resisted when we get another frost. Tricia Tricia Hogbin http://www.littleecofootprints.com/ mob. 0403462543
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2015 on Springing into Sprinter at little eco footprints
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Thank you for your kind words Shea. Have a lovely day. Tricia
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2015 on Springing into Sprinter at little eco footprints
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My bee hives are buzzing after months of quiet. The wattles and eucalypts have burst into blossom. And there's an energy in the air that assures me that winter is over. Sprinter has sprung. According to Tim Entwisle, author of Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia's changing seasons, the traditional four season system does not make sense in Australia. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at little eco footprints
Thank you Deb. That is a great tip. Ill give it a go. Thanks for sharing :-)
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Good luck with the new chickens. Theyll love the wood ash. xx
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Thats lovely you helped start a broth at a friends house. Often all it takes to help a change happen is get in and do it. Thank you xx
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A large bucket of ash – the result of cleaning out our wood stove – had me searching for ways to use wood ash. A byproduct of burning hardwood, wood ash is far more useful than I expected. It can be used to decrease soil acidity and sweeten smelly worm farms. Chooks love to bathe in it, and it can even be used to make soap. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at little eco footprints
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I love nature tables. Collecting bits of nature and observing them up close is a wonderful way for children to learn and to connect with the world around them. But they can get messy. Thats why I love our nature drawer. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Zena. Ive seen lots of ceramic slow cookers second hand at the op shop for only a few dollars. Fingers crossed you stumble across one soon. They are so handy for broth.
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Hi Romi. Yes - the slow cooker was a game-changer for me as i wouldnt leave stove on overnight either. And it seemed a wasteful way to use energy. I top up the water. ..especially given that i often take out and use broth as it cooks. But Im careful to taste often and make sure i dont add too much water or it will taste bland. Good luck :-)
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Being able to go to the cupboard for a jar of stock would be unreal!
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Bones from your own beast.....how wonderful! Enjoy Kate.
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About a week in the fridge Melissa. And yes - it can be frozen. Enjoy.
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Homemade bone broth is te original fast food. It's inexpensive, easy to make and loaded with health benefits. Here's how to make it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at little eco footprints
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My chooks love to eat the leaves too. I figure it wouldnt be good for them (or my rhubarb) in the long term - so i keep them away from it. One day they got out in and stripped the leaves bare. It didnt seem to cause them any harm in the short term. But i wouldnt want then to do it too often.
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I stew in orange juice and a little honey Kariane. No sugar. The citrus seems to lesson the amount of added sweet needed. I only add around 1 tablespoon of honey for a big bunch of rhubarb. I also spotted some lamb and rhubarb savory dishes Id like to try one day.
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Hi Ellie. My kefir grains have been sleeping in the fridge while we move house etc. Im planning to wake them up in the next week or two. When they are up and running again Ill catch up on grain requests. Be in touch soon. T
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Rhubarb is one worthwhile garden plant. It’s beautiful, hardy, low-maintenance and delicious. I especially love that you plant it once and, if you care for your patch properly, you can be harvesting rhubarb indefinitely. Right now – late winter and into early spring – is a good time to plant rhubarb. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at little eco footprints
I think theyll listen Karine - because (unfortunately) money talks. Where we shop can make a difference.
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I loved your post about connecting with your community Sophie. Yes - Bring back the village! xxx
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Well done for being almost supermarket free Jane. And i totally understand your feelings about Westfields. I think Ive been probably once in five years - and only because i couldnt avoid it. Awful places designed to do nothing but encourage spending :-(
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I want to stop talking to machines. Only a few years ago, talking computers were rare. These days I find myself being forced into a conversation with a machine far too often. I'm starting to envisage a future where our days are devoid of casual chats and instead are full of frustrating interactions with computers. It’s a vision I don’t like. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Hi Michele. I crush them (with my fingers) and then simply scatter it on the ground in their pen. They enjoy pecking it up. Your chickens will love the treat. T Tricia Hogbin http://www.littleecofootprints.com/ mob. 0403462543
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