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Look at all that sun! It’s 3pm and that wee corner is getting some afternoon sun and it’s hot! I’m escaping to the shade for some relief 😅. What a change from the dark winter. • • • #sun #afternoon #spring #warm #hot #weather #garden #nodig #nodiggarden #growyourown #homegrown #deepmulch #nzblogger #homegrownhappiness

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homegrown.happiness

Children are wired to explore and they learn best through multi-sensory experiences. This is because multi-sensory experiences are satisfying. They are soothing. They refine motor skills. They even improve language skills. For example, the best way to teach descriptive words such as “wet” and “dry” is while your child can actually FEEL and HEAR (the drips/splashes) and SEE and, yes, maybe even TASTE the difference. With many senses engaged, children stay focused longer because they are using their senses to examine the materials. They are discovering, labeling, and categorizing the materials. They are figuring out how things work and starting to make sense of their world. Sensory tubs are easy to create. Simply put water, ice, bubbles, sand, cereal, cooked noodles, corn meal, etc. into a dish tub. Add little things like scoops, sponges, spoons, forks, or tiny toys that can be found on the playroom floor or bottom of the toy box. Then, the next time you want to get dinner made in peace, put out a sensory rich experience to create some quiet time for you and active learning time for your child. @stefanie_phelps #homegrownhappiness #letthemexplore #sensoryplay

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trish_nichole555

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nettys_ruralness_farmlife

Was so excited to harvest these beauties over the weekend with a quick rinse, tied together and hung in the beautiful sunshine to dry I really wish you could smell how amazingly divine they are #garlic #fresh #learnasyougrow #homegrownhappiness #womanwhofarm #nettys_unsophisticated_ruralness_farmlife

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sweetpicklefarm

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theredcoop_

“For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” • ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭84:11‬ ‭ Clinging to truth this morning and pouring out gratitude for tiny blessings like these❤️

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homegrown.happiness

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward Gratitude is crucial to our well-being and our social lives. Research from a study published in the Journal of Research in Personality found that “Over time, gratitude leads to lower stress and depression and higher levels of social support.” As parents, we need to bring gratitude into our own lives and set a good example. If we want to make a bad day better, we have the power. At the end of the day, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. If we focus on that rather than on how stressed/tired we are, we will raise our overall happiness set point! It takes practice, but it is possible to reprogram our subconscious to create more of what we’re appreciating. Here are some ways to nurture the gratitude mindset in yourself and your children: 1. Do not compare yourself to others. Comparisons are unfair. People are too unique to compare fairly. It’s wasted energy. It distracts us from taking charge of our own life. 2. Praise qualities, not looks. 3. Focus on simple things. We can’t improve our happiness if we take for granted what we already have: sleeping on clean sheets, laughing until your stomach hurts, when a baby holds your finger! 4. Practice PLEASE and THANK YOU. It’s hard to force some children to speak, so model for them. 5. Verbally express gratitude to your children and loved ones. Thank them often. We all want to be needed. It breeds kindness. 6. Expect children to pitch in around the house. When children participate in helping the family, they start to realize all the things we do for them. 7. Start a daily gratitude tradition at dinner or bedtime. 8. Let children be responsible for their friends’s gifts. If we do all the work—order off Amazon, wrap the gift, sign the card—they won’t get to practice thinking of others. 9. Practice writing thank you notes together. 10. Volunteer. Volunteering shouldn’t be about feeling sorry for those with less. It should come from feeling helpful. It’s about thinking of a way to make someone else’s life easier, better. #homegrownhappiness #gratitude #happyfamily

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the_dillon_diaries

The first of the Christmas crop .....nothing more kiwi than a bbq and freshly dug spuds! 🥔 Thankful I phased planting otherwise we might have been short for Christmas if we’re getting a decent crop now! 🙈🎅🏻 . . . . . #queenofthecrop #kiwigarden #tuigardenandhome #homegrownhappiness #potato #vegegarden #christmasdinner #christmascameearly #homegrownfood #gardentotable #homegrown #vegetablegarden #vegetablegardening #nzgardener #nzgarden #newpotatoes #kiwi

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mother.mana

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home_grown_happinessnz

Poppy seed #sourdough #sunday. Plus I have a brunch to go to this morning and I’ve made some *gasp* store-bought yeast croissants. Don’t tell my starter Orlandough.😉 Doing it this way does shave off about 24 hours of time! • • • #croissants #sourdough #poppy #seeds #poppyseeds #nz #nzblogger #loaf #sourdoughstarter #diy #makeyourown #homemade #fresh #bread #homegrownhappiness

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homegrown.happiness

The best discipline technique to use with young children is simple: Play with them. MOVE, LAUGH, CONNECT. I find that after reconnecting, everyone is happier and more willing to cooperate, including me! #homegrownhappiness #positivediscipline #happyfamily

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autumn.nz

Im looking forward to the cucamelons doing their thing. Although they have been around for hundreds of years, I’ve only recently heard about them and managed to source some seed. Funny how they were all planted together but what a difference between the first one up and the last one just emerging from the soil. Always exciting for a gardener to find something new to them! #cucumelon #cucamelon #cucamelons #vegetables #garden #weirdvegetables #exciting #ihopetheygrow #homegrownhappiness #pleasegrow #homegarden #growingtoday #growyourown #healthyfood #igrewitmyway #littleplants #somethingnew #different plants #heritageplants #superfood #plantswithbenefits #growingforgoodhealth #thehappygardeninglife #kitchengarden #happygarden #ediblegarden

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life.is.messy.amanda

This happened last night...❄️

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homegrown.happiness

Safe and helpful. If you think about it, these are the ONLY RULES YOU NEED to guide a toddler’s behavior. Young children do not benefit from long lectures or explanations when they are misbehaving, and when they are out of control, they won’t hear you anyway, so don’t waste your breath. Try to ward off negative behavior quickly by asking one of two simple questions: Is that safe? OR Is that helpful? If the behavior already happened, it’s not too late. Ask the question—state a simple resolution—and then proclaim your hope for a better next time. ASK: 1.) When you hit your brother, was that safe? No, he’s hurt. Let’s go get the boo-boo sponge. We need to make him feel better. I know you’ll be safe next time. 2.) When you refused to clean up your toys, was that helpful? No, we didn’t have time to go to the park. We missed out on the fun. I know you’ll be helpful tomorrow. The rule “In our family we are safe and helpful.” helps to alleviate the power struggle. It’s no longer about what you want or what they want. It becomes a matter of whether or not it is safe and helpful. Children catch on to this concept quickly, and they are able to internalize it and use it as their own personal guide, which is the exact reason we discipline in the first place, right? To teach them to understand what is right and what is wrong, or in this case, what is safe and what is helpful! 😉 #homegrownhappiness #positivediscipline #happyfamily

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clydeandrose

I started to get the Christmas bug today. It may go from 0-100 in a blink of an eye 👁 I think it started because I found some garland and a mini tree for my daughter at the thrift store today. So we aren’t officially decorating but next week, game on 😉 I will do my best to show you some fun DIY Christmas decor we come up with . . Until then, another photo of me holding a chicken. 🐔Because.. well I just love them that much. . . . . . . . #crazychickenlady #hunterandgatherer #liveofftheland #canadianhobbyfarmer #chickenlife #chickensofinstagram #hobbyfarm #kidsandchickens #tractorsupplyco #kidsandhens #chickens #freerangechickens #backyardflock #crazychickenlady #farmgirl #farmfresh #homegrownhappiness #hobbyfarm #chickens #freerangechickens #backyardflock #crazychickenlady #farmgirl #farmfresh #freerangethursday

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home_grown_happinessnz

So I post enough posts about USING sourdough starter but thought it’s time I write one how I make and maintain my starter. I’ve written a post and the link is in my bio. 😊 🍞 • • • #sourdoughstarter #homemade #diy #food #foodblogger #fermentedfoods #healthy #guthealth #flour #water #nzblogger #homegrownhappiness

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home_grown_happinessnz

My peas could not care less that the storm destroyed their frame. 😅 Nature is cool. • • • #peas #growing #gyo #growyourown #homegrown #blueshellingpeas #pea #flower #wind #storm #wellington #nzblogger #homegrownhappiness

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wildfeatherfarm

I’ve been working on some REALLY fun projects lately and I can’t wait to show you guys what’s been happening behind the scenes! A handful of SUPER fun custom stamp packages {For some of my favorite Insta Accounts 🤩}, and I am launching a line of holiday stamps for ALL of your holiday goodies and packaging needs!! 🌲🌲🌲 I may not sleep for the next week straight, but I’ll be posting them soon! For now I’ll tease you with this custom stamp for an adorable Bed & Breakfast @lavenderbnbfarm where guests get fresh eggs each morning! ☀️🥚 #signmeup .. . . #eggcarton #eggcartons #eggcartonstamps #customstamp #chickenstamp #gardenstamp #gardening #wildfeatherfarm #eggcartonsdotcom #countryfresh #farmcharm #fresheggs #chickeneggs #farm #packagingdesign #farmher #farmlife #countryliving #homegrown #farmtotable #backyardpoultry #backyardchickens #homegrownhappiness #farmersmarket #farmersmarketfinds #eggcarton #eggcartons #eggpackaging

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thebadlandshomestead

He’s a big bodied buck with lots of fat on him! This guy was ready for winter. Can’t wait to see how he cooks up!

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paveggies

Anyone else have a potato pile mounting in their kitchen? Keep them dry and well ventilated! They do best when placed in a well-ventilated container (paper bag or bowl works) and stored in a dry location, away from sunlight, and at temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees F. Refrigerator temperatures tend to increase their sweetness and make them brown very quickly when fried. #potatoes #storage #storageveggies #paveggies #seasonal #vegetables #pennsylvania #rootveggies #buyfreshbuylocalpa #papreferred #paproduce #homegrownhappiness

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thebadlandshomestead

Cody got a nice one this year, he’s got a huge body on him. Can’t wait to start getting him ready for freezer camp :)

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thebadlandshomestead

The kindergarten pen has mastered the art of giving dirty looks 🙄

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trish_nichole555

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thebadlandshomestead

Rifle season on the reservation has officially opened, AKA time to take pictures of Cody when he isn’t looking 😂😎

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life.is.messy.amanda

The Life and death of a Jack-O’-Lantern 🎃 #thegirlssaythanks

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home_grown_happinessnz

A bright little harvest today for lunch. Crunchy radish, crispy fresh lettuce and rhubarb for dessert. 😋 We are back to sunshine today but everything is sooo soggy so all my gardening plans are still postponed. • • • #growyourown #feedmyfamily #ediblebackyard #deepmulch #fresh #harvest #radish #lettuce #rhubarb #bright #homegrown #spring #wellington #nzblogger #nz #nodig #suburbangarden #homegrownhappiness

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wildfeatherfarm

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sweetpicklefarm

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suburbanhomesteaders

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homegrown.happiness

“Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves.” ~ Dr. Vanessa Lapointe I think the same can be said for adults! This is so important since we set the example for our children. Why do we schedule our lives and our children’s lives to the point of exhaustion week after week? Is it because we are afraid to be bored? Boredom has benefits. Boredom is the greatest motivator. It teaches us how to make something out of nothing. It teaches us how to entertain ourselves. Boredom helps us become more creative. I recently saw the movie A Star is Born and I loved the scene where Bobby said, “Jack talked about how music is essentially 12 notes between any octave. Twelve notes, and the octave repeats. It's the same story, told over and over, forever. All any artist can offer the world is how they see those 12 notes. That's it.” Of course, for us it might not be music, but the point is, we create the lives we live, and we need to see ourselves clearly before we can arrange our thoughts in order to become interesting and able to offer the world anything important. If we can learn to enjoy being alone, we will be able to hear ourselves think. We will be free to strengthen our opinions and our judgement. If we embrace boredom, we can figure out what we are truly interested in. It moves us forward because, when cleared of clutter, our brains are wired to seek out new things. Boredom gives us time to be curious. Yesterday, a couple of different moms told me that they made sure they had absolutely nothing planned this weekend so that they and their families could recharge. I’m so excited for them! I hope they get bored!!! #homegrownhappiness #happyfamilies #unplug

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thebadlandshomestead

Keto friendly one pot pizza! 🍅🍕 Well, mostly pizza. Sans crust pizza. Honestly you don’t even have to be following a keto diet to enjoy this, use it as a dip for breadsticks or throw it on some crust for a fabulous pizza-esque meal even if you still eat carbs. The best part is it was super easy to make in our little camper home, you can cook the ground beef in the crock pot and then add the other ingredients after! ____________________ No specific amounts of anything, just cook your preferred amount of ground beef, (if using the crock pot for this, add raw ground beef and cook on high for 2-3 hours until cooked through), mix with spaghetti sauce, add layers of provolone and mozzarella, top with pepperonis and garlic, and voila! So tasty, and only ONE pot to clean 😎😎🙌

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wildfeatherfarm

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mother.mana

The Breakfast Club Barn is coming along, otherwise know as our chicken coop 🐔 #chickenlove #chickencoop #farmlife #handmade #threeacrefarm #homegrownhappiness #freerange #thebreakfastclub #fresheggs

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home_grown_happinessnz

Chocolate Cake with Sourdough Starter 🍰 If you saw my story the other day you would have seen that I used to write a baking blog. I had it for just over two years and then one day I decided to stop and I deleted it. Though it felt right at the time it’s a decision I’ve regretted ever since. • I’ve since decided to start slowly bringing it back, but through Home Grown Happiness. This page is a reflection of me and I do more than just garden. So today I’m sharing a post on a decadent chocolate cake I make using my discard sourdough starter. It’s moist, rich and delicious. Link in bio. 😁 • • • #homemade #sourdough #cake #sourdoughchocolatecake #recipe #foodblog #gardenblog #nzblogger #foodphotography #buzzfeedfood #cake #letuseatcake #discardstarter #nz #wellington #homemadehappiness #homegrownhappiness

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home_grown_happinessnz

And just like that we are back to spring weather. ☀️ R.I.P pea frame, rest in peas. • • • #wellingtonwind #weather #wind #peas #gyo #growyourown #homegrown #organic #peas #ediblegarden #ediblebackyard #suburbangarden #deepmulch #homegrownhappiness

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home_grown_happinessnz

Last week I said to someone that we are pretty sheltered from Wellington winds. Mother Nature overheard and then was like ‘shame, sucker!’. 💨 Now I’m going to try and NOT focus on the fact that my pea frame is flattened and even more of my fence is missing. 😅 Instead I’ll be happy we have some fresh fennel to slice into the salad tonight! Along with fresh eggs, Khol rabi, chard, lettuce, herbs and perennial broccoli. Life is good. • • • #nzblogger #nz #wellington #gyo #harvest #vegetables #fresh #growyourown #ediblebackyard #ediblegarden #homegrown #fresh #spring #wind #nature #mothernature #mess #outside #feedmyfamily #gardentotable #homegrownhappiness

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wildfeatherfarm

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thebadlandshomestead

Turned the last few cows out with the rest of the ladies for the winter. Cold weather is coming, girls! ❄️

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home_grown_happinessnz

[New Post] I had a warm November day in mind when I wrote it but right now it’s bucketing down. 🙄 Today on the blog is November’s monthly to-do list to get your garden summer ready. Plus how to handle those pesky garden pests! 🐛 link in bio. • • • #nzblogger #spring #novembergarden #deepmulch #blog #nodig #springgarden #gyo #growyourown #blog #ediblegarden #homegrownhappiness

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thebadlandshomestead

Got our weanlings haltered and tied for the first time today! Better to teach them now than wait til they’re full grown. Sodak squad 😎

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sweetpicklefarm

🕸🕷Happy Halloween🕷🕸 . We’ll essentially miss any Halloween festivities today as we’ll be at the pool for sectionals. Prelims are tonight!!!! Hope my little hen is spooky enough for today. . . . . . #happyhalloween #countrysideandfarmlife #chooks #happyhens #hobbyfarmlife #backyardchickens #backyardpoultrymag #homegrownhappiness #countryfresh #spookyseason #octobervibes #october31st #farmher #tiogacountyny #halloweenmood

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the_dillon_diaries

🌱🌱🌱Garden update for End of October! Definitely feeling the Queen of the Crop vibe with results in our family garden .... all of us have contributed and looked after the little projects and plantings - such a fun thing to do together!🙌🏻☀️ I’m super happy with the pallet strawberry garden (birds unimpressed this year as they’re well covered! - and we have strawberries ready to eat - 2 strawberries and already eaten by our 2 kiddos while I type this! Hanging Tomatoes🍅 well they’re hanging in there 😛😂🤣 .... it’s such a weird concept - and I do have two plants in pots to compare but so far so good - they grow like they’re trying to turn themselves up the right way - it almost seems mean to have them upside down....Potatoes 🥔planted for Christmas look like they think Christmas is in November - so I put more in the ground two weeks ago and they’re already sprouting while I recover them daily .... but I think it will get us eating great spuds for a few months .... the kids carrots🥕 looks awesome, broccolini 🥦looking good ....beetroot awesome and out of pic we have the kids growing radish and a cucumber🥒 - cucumber not impressed with changeable weather ..... oh and the oldest has grown pumpkin seedlings from seeds from the last family roast when we had pumpkin - I’m impressed .... now trying my hand at hydrangea cuttings - too early to know my success there but there’s never anything lost in trying!❤️🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻🌱🌱🌱🌱 (PS. Look back through earlier garden photos in my feed to see the difference!) . . . . . #queenofthecrop #tuigardenandhome #tomato #tomatoes #garden #gardening #tomatotime #gardener #familytime #homegrownhappiness #vegegarden #palletgarden #greenfingers #growyourownfood #christmasdinner #homegrownfood #tuigardeninghacks #potato #potatoes #upsidedowngarden #upsidedowntomatoes #kidsgardening #gardensofinstagram #strawberries #strawberryplant #palletproject #projects #upcycle #kidsinthegarden #thedillondiaries

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home_grown_happinessnz

In autumn this year I grew a lot of roses from cuttings. I simply cut sticks of the second year wood (so the slightly harder wood, not new soft growth) and popped them straight in the ground. No rooting hormone needed as roses make their own. The cool, wet weather kept them from drying out and now I have so many free roses! Those of you experiencing autumn, in the northern hemisphere, why not give it a go if you don’t already do so! 🌹 • • • #flowers #cuttings #roses #roots #gyo #homegrown #propagation #plants #freeplants #frugalgardening #nzblogger #homegrownhappiness

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lazydaisysoap

Wonder Goat! Wonder Bread as he’s known the rest of the year was born the runt on my friends farm and reject by his mom. Later, as he grew we realized why, he has Rickets. It’s an imbalance or an inability to absorb certain minerals. He front legs and ankles are pretty bowed, making him look like an old cowboy. 😂 He handles it like a champ! He has an amazing attitude, a naturally happy disposition and him and Toasty have become great friends! #happyhalloween #goatsareawesome #funnyfarm

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zonellemorkel

One big bowl of happiness! I'm thinking sorbet in this heat! #berryharvest #blackberries #homegrownhappiness

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wildfeatherfarm

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home_grown_happinessnz

I so enjoy watching these wee monarch caterpillars grow! We’ve got loads of swan plants this year to 🤞 keep up with their hungry appetites. 🐛 • • • #theveryhungrycaterpillar #monarch #caterpillar #monarchbutterfly #garden #goodbugs #beneficialinsects #pollinators #homegrownhappiness

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suburbanhomesteaders

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theredcoop_

I’ve waiting months to be able to take a gorgeous photo like this😍 Makes my heart suuuuper happy!❤️

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life.is.messy.amanda

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

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home_grown_happinessnz

Yesterday’s tomatoes I planted are looking so lush after last night’s rain. I’ve used bamboo and twine to tie some up this year, inspired by @milkwood_permaculture. 🍅 These are in inter-determinate variety so they’ll keep growing up the twine. I have some Roma tomatoes to still plant out but they’re a determinate variety, a bush tomato, so won’t need this set up. • • • #tomato #tomatoes #twine #bamboo #frame #diy #gyo #growyourown #homegrown #ediblegarden #nzblogger #deepmulch #feedmyfamily #wellington #nodig #nodiggarden #feedthesoil #homegrownhappiness

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mother.mana

Our one and only Sapphire Gem “Eva” 💎🐔 Sapphire Gems are a hybrid chicken created in 2018 for their blue & lavender color. Excellent layers and foragers known to lay about 300 large brown eggs a year. #sapphiregemchickens #chickenfamily #chickens #threeacrefarm #thebreakfastclub #freerange #homegrownhappiness #fresheggs #farmlove #chickenlife

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sweetpicklefarm

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mother.mana

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