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Higgledy Piggledy gives to CCF

Christmas is a time for giving which is exactly what you’ll do when you purchase a Higgledy-Piggledy Farm children’s book. Give any book to your children and the authors will donate half the proceeds to the Cambodian Children’s Fund. There are three titles in the Higgledy-Piggledy Farm Series and one of them is an original, Australian Christmas tale. It’s called The Dairy First Ice Cream Christmas and it’s only $1.99 (iBook). The other titles include The Importance of Poo! $1.99 iBook (also available as an interactive iBook with sound $3.99 or in paperback: $15 + postage); and Pigs Might Fly But They Can’t Lay Eggs $1.99 (iBook). This means you can collect the whole iBook series for as little as $6. The iBooks are available from iTunes http://bit.ly/1ddb9SM and the Poo! paperbacks are available right here from our bookstore http://thetassiefarm.com.au/book-store/

All the animals on Higgledy-Piggledy Farm and The Tassie Farm wish you and your family a very Dairy Christmas and a Happy Moo Year!

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Growing garlic

July 3, 2014

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Growing garlic is a science. You plant in winter and harvest in summer. Sounds simple enough but there are little tricks and tips that will help give your crop a healthy boost. http://thetassiefarm.com.au/garlic-growing-tips/ Preparation is our No.1 ‘must-do’, so here’s The Tassie Farm way to prepare the soil:

You may remember our post on 29 May when we picked the last of our tomatoes http://thetassiefarm.com.au/growing-tomatoes-from-seed Well, when we did, we dug the bed through, adding a lot of natural compost before covering it in hay. About a month later we added worm wee and poo, sheep poo and organic fertiliser http://thetassiefarm.com.au/web-child-book-review/ We then dug up the soil (again) and relaid the hay. Last weekend we lifted the hay and just like magic, the soil was rich and wriggling with worms. We then planted two garlic varieties – Tassie Purple and one from neighbours Mary and John, called the ‘Rural Gift Garlic’ (make-up name). Once again that faithful old hay went back on top to keep the weeds at bay and the soil moist. In total, 80 cloves were planted and we’re hoping this will see us through until June 2015. http://thetassiefarm.com.au/how-to-plant-garlic/

If you can’t plant your own garlic, you can buy it here: http://www.garlicfarmsales.net.au or http://garlicworld.com.au

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Web Child is the online hub for all the CHILD magazines and they’re running their first-ever iBook giveaway. The children’s story it will feature, is none other than The Importance Of Poo! http://www.webchild.com.au/win/national-giveaways A total of 10 copies wil be given away between 24 March – 4 April, including 5 interactive iBooks with sound and 5 non-sound iBooks. So, if you’re an iPad or mac lover and want to be ‘poopular’, check out webchild.com.au for your chance to win. Read the 4 out of 5 star Web Child review here http://www.webchild.com.au/reviews/kids-books/book-review-the-importance-of-poo
And for more pooey stories go to https://www.facebook.com/higgledypiggledyfarm

Mercury January 2014 Tasmanian Great Poo Hunt The Tassie Farm

This is not the first time Tassie has held a poo hunt. A fox dropping survey was carried out in 2008 and 2010, collecting more than 6000 scats. This time around, the 2014 hunt has cast its net further. Forty volunteers were being scooped up to search for poo belonging to feral cats and dogs, foxes and native predators such as devils and quolls. Hoping for an update, The Tassie Farm has contacted the Project Officer from the Department of Primary Industries. So, we should be reporting back to you with more Scat Facts soon. The project is funded by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre. Full story: http://www.themercury.com.au

You can check out other types of animal poo at https://www.facebook.com/higgledypiggledyfarm

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No doubt you’ve heard of the parenting magazines Melbourne’s Child, Sydney’s Child and Adelaide’s Child etc. There is one in nearly every capital city of Australia. Their online hub, webchild.com.au has reviewed The Importance Of Poo! and has given our very poopular story 4 out of 5 stars!

To pre-order your paperback copy, simply fill in the form on the BOOK STORE tab of this blog. Or you can purchase the interactive iBook with sound ($3.99) or the non-sound version ($1.99) from iTunes / iBookstore and read it straight away!

Thank you to book critic, Alicia Thiang, for her glowing report! You can post your comments about the book on web child:
http://www.webchild.com.au/reviews/kids-books/book-review-the-importance-of-poo

The Importance Of Chook Poo!

February 20, 2014

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The chook poo in this photo was taken at a farm gate just outside Anglesea in Victoria. As many ‘regular’ Tassie Farm fans will know, chook poo features in our children’s book ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ Here’s an extract:

Cluck! Cluck! Chook’s Poo. Makes greener grass.
Yuck! Yuck! Chook’s Poo. From a chicken’s…bottom!

Oh indeed! and chook poo is big in nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. It therefore has a higher nutrient content, than cow or sheep poo, because a chook’s diet is so intensive – anything from calcium supplements (which strengthen their shells) to compost.

Chook poo’s ‘pootency’ has its pluses and minuses. Its high nitrogen levels make it great for fertilising lawns and for use in the vegie garden. But it also has greater phosphorous levels too, so using it long-term on native plants, such as banksias, grevilleas and waratahs, can kill them.

So, the trick is to only use chook poo once it’s composted down or when you’ve diluted it. This will make sure it doesn’t burn your plants. Ideally ‘aged’ chook poo is the best: 6-9 months if you can find some!

Tip: If you’re buying at the farm gate ask if their chook manure has been mixed with bedding materials, such as sawdust. This will dilute nutrient levels.

Dr gives books the tick

February 17, 2014

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Language and Linguistics expert, Dr Douglas sent this message to us just after she bought an iPad and downloaded the Higgledy-Piggledy Farm iBooks. As you can imagine, we were tickled pink to know that she and her daughters enjoyed our stories. Dr Douglas’ research interests include narrative analysis, child language acquisition and word learning (Autism Spectrum Disorders). iBooks available from iTunes/iBookstore. 

Poo in newspaper!

February 10, 2014

The Tassie Farm's children's book authors
Poo is making headlines! This scatological tale was created to raise money for the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
Children’s books for a children’s charity – it’s the best idea these two  authors have ever had. For the full story visit
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/central/middle-park-creatives-hierarchy-of-poo-a-horticultural-lesson-for-all/story-fngnvlpt-1226814711761

Thank Poo! Gardening Club

February 3, 2014

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Thank you to The South Channel Gardening Club for helping us spread the word about the newly-released ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ paperbacks at The Middleton Country Fair.

Glorious weather and big crowds were relished for the one-day event. While the gardener’s were showing off their fare, Kerry and Nick were selling raffle tickets at the Middleton Fire Brigade stand, where Nick is a volunteer fiery. Local celebrities took to the stage, namely Tasmania’s much-loved Tino Carnevale from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese, Telstra’s 2013 Business Award winner.

For more Fair updates visit:
http://southchannelgardenclub.webs.com/

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Gardening is what we love and The South Channel Gardening Club will be selling the newly-released  ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ paperbacks at The Middleton Country Fair this Saturday, 1st February.

Rain, hail or shine, The Middleton Country Fair says it will be on in any weather! About 2,000 people usually attend the one-day event. There will be over 70 stalls including crafts, antiques and collectables, wine, cider, preserves, sweets, plus bands, pony rides and sheep shearing. And of course ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ for sale with half the proceeds being donated to the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

Held at the Middleton Community Centre in McDowall Street, The Middleton Country Fair is celebrating its 23rd year. The Fair runs from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free for children and $5 for adults. Middleton rests on the glamorous sounding d’Entrecasteaux Channel about 45 minutes south of Hobart or 25 minutes north of Cygnet.

For more Fair news visit:
http://southchannelgardenclub.webs.com/
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