Backyard

From left to right: My Hamburgh, Spangles, Lulu the Langshan and Spare Spangles, another Hamburgh. Buffy the Silkie is hiding at the back.

Fun names for chooks

June 2022

Calling your chook Meryl Cheep, or Yolko Ono might be going too far for some, but there is plenty of fun and nostalgia to be had when naming your chooks, writes Jessamy Miller.

Prolifically bearing orange tree in a garden.

Soil secrets for citrus success

June 2022

There's many aspects of citrus growing that ensure success (climate, tree choice and where you plant it, for example) but it all starts with the soil, writes Helen McKerral.

How to hold a hen

How to hold a chook

February 2022

There are all sorts of reasons you may need to hold your hens, such as checking for parasites; Jessamy Miller explains how do it safely for your chooks and you.

Jian Liu's food forest in Melbourne.

What is a food forest?

January 2022

A permaculture concept, a food forest promises a self-sustaining system that produces an abundance of food – if designed well. Here's why Jian Liu created one in her Melbourne backyard.

Rocket is an easily grown annual that can be harvested for months.

Plant: rhubarb, rocket and more!

October 2021

Karen Sutherland looks at a selection of plants that will look great in your garden and add spicy flavours to your cooking.

Chooks provide much more than fresh eggs and fertiliser.

Feathered friends

September 2021

Chooks provide many things from fresh eggs to fertiliser for your garden, and they can even become feathered friends to the family, writes Jessamy Miller.

Araucana lay unusual green eggs.

Choosing a chook house

June 2021

Life is much richer in this Melbourne household with a few chooks added to the mix – here's some tips Jian Liu learnt about making a home for chickens so everyone is happy.

You can make your own chook mash.

Feeding your chooks

April 2021

In  Jessamy Miller's article ‘Chicken Feed’ in Issue 124 we covered buying pellets or ready-mixed grain feeds for poultry. But if you want to go further, mixing your own feed means you know exactly what you are giving your hens and it could save you money.

Urban gardening

May 2020

Clare and Keith have turned a basic apartment backyard into a vegie-filled garden that supplies them with fresh produce throughout the year.

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