sarah's own natural garden

updates from our lifestyle block – gardening, chickens, green cleaning and more

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About mushrooms


In my previous life (a few months ago!) I was a mushroom grower.  Here’s a summary of how to use button and oyster mushrooms – the most common ones we buy in NZ.  This was intended for people who bought my mushrooms at the markets I was selling them at – hopefully it’s a helpful quick guide. Continue reading


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Quick and simple garden structures – archway and garden protectors made from tubing

To make this archway and/or garden bed protector for free you need old building material or be prepared to scavenge at a build site.  I’ve been waiting to plant my climbing rose for ages but hadn’t worked out what to climb it over.  None of our trees are big enough to have something climb up them and hubby’s aversion to a garden arch means building one is far down the list.   I saw one on the internet which made me glad there are people who can think outside the square when it comes to making things.  Stick two bits of reinforcing rod in the ground and stick the tubing onto each end to make an arch.  How simple is that!  Use the same method to protect garden beds.strawberries Continue reading