Lifeboat Farm

Garden update
April 15, 2010, 9:57 am
Filed under: Garden

With the odd summer weather, we ended up doing a lot of gardening later than planned this year. These (very) late potatoes, planted by Karen’s Uncle David are doing well, and if the current mild autumn continues we may yet get some decent spuds off them. They’re just about to get more soil mounded on them too.


Our random pumpkin patch has taken over half the garden but we’ll be harvesting some good pumpkins and squash pretty soon.



Improvised bug shield
April 15, 2010, 9:52 am
Filed under: Building, Garden

We had a great run through most of summer free of white butterflies (and their broccoli-eating caterpillars) but that run ended. This is our attempt to keep the butterflies off our tender brassica seedlings and I have to say it worked out pretty well for an impromptu solution.


We used some old bird netting, some spare fence posts and the wire hoops that came wrapped around bundles of posts. Straw bales hold the ends down, making it (so far) butterfly-proof. We might have to track down some more netting to do this to more beds next year.

We have too many bantams
April 14, 2010, 1:59 pm
Filed under: Menagerie

Updated: We’ve now found homes for them all – thanks for all the emails and comments.


We got a few broody bantam hens to incubate some eggs for us (the shavers we have are great layers but not so good at mothering). Unfortunately the bantams started sneaking off to have clutches of their own so now we have a bit of a surplus.

If you’re anywhere near Masterton and would like some free bantams (hens, roosters or chicks) then drop us a line –