Lettuce be lovers, We’ll marry our fortunes together …

Valentine’s Day and Family Day are just around the corner and we couldn’t help but create these punny vegetable greeting cards! Oh how I love graphic design, vegetables and free stuff! Until February 15, 2016 I will have this cute set of 6 downloadable greeting cards available for FREE from Cottage Botanicals just because OLIVE YOU! Shameless […] View full article →

February Give Away!

Wharton Willie promised us 6 more weeks until spring so we got super excited and thought we’d give away a a beautiful veggie calendar each month (ie. I got bored after work one day and decided I’d graphic design it up). Roll on over to our main website for our February calendar celebrating Swiss Chard! Go here: February 2016 […] View full article →

MySeedLibrary

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. (Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.) – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Letters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12   View full article →

A Forest of Opportunities

Our youth need to understand that there is a world beyond what they know, that there are places that are calm, safe and enjoyable. View full article →
November 05, 2015

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We’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave!

I just cannot get over the amazing weather this week! And neither can our girls. Hives are all to bed, but we’ve managed to squeeze an extra week of feeding into the schedule. The girls have been going through at least one 250 mL mason jar a day and you can see, that after the one week of […] View full article →

Hunting Mad Honey

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Extraction!

I can hear my internal Dalek waging war inside my mind. But instead of waging war against all humanity and The Doctor it is: extraction! Extraction! EXTRACTION! Our final autumn honey flow is on! We’ve actually ran out of room – not enough shallow supers, but plenty of frames so we will need to make […] View full article →
July 26, 2015

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Queen Debacle: Episode 2

Originally posted on Heath, Heather & Herb Blog:
By: Dan Working on bees is definitely testing my patience. Buzzing around your head incessantly, attacking your ankles and causing undue hardship. Worst of all, taking care of an organism where they create only one that is the lifeline of the entire colony; that’s stressful. The bee… View full article →

Queen Debacle: Episode 2

By: Dan Working on bees is definitely testing my patience. Buzzing around your head incessantly, attacking your ankles and causing undue hardship. Worst of all, taking care of an organism where they create only one that is the lifeline of the entire colony; that’s stressful. The bee Queen has been my Achilles heel since the […] View full article →

To grow Heather, or not to grow Heather?

Apart from the flower colour, heathers have wonderful, flat leaves which change colour throughout the year. They deepen and intensify as the year goes on and sometimes russets and browns take over. Their habit is like any plant used to growing in harsh conditions, squat but defiant and almost dome-shaped. It is the variety of flower […] View full article →