Lotsa baby snails…


Looks like the aquatic snails have been having fun. Lots of eggs under the Styrofoam harvesting floats is a good sign. I’m breeding them in otherwise unused tubs so that they can give the chooks a little extra meat and calcium. Maybe I can flog a few off too when I have enough. I got…

My newest endeavour… Isopod breeding.


My newest endeavour… Isopod breeding. You probably can’t see them in the pic but these containers have 2 different types of Isopod in them. I’m trying to breed them for 2 reasons. First, because the chooks love them. Second, because they are crustaceans, not insects and are related to and taste like shrimp. Yes, they’re…

It’s the last day of our FB fundraiser. We’re about halfway to the amount we need, which will match our savings and get us to our goal. If you like what we do and have a few bucks spare, please consider donating. You can do it on FB but we’ll also take more personal considerations if you don’t trust the system.


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Bubblewrapping the tropicals


A couple of our heat loving plants are suffering a bit in the cold. I was thinking about what to do about it, having moved them several times into warmer microclimates to no avail. I thought about buying some greenhouse plastic, then remembered that I had a heap of bubblewrap salvaged from an art gallery…

A tale of roadside lust…


Can you feel the love in this picture? The couple in the photo were just ‘getting it on’ regardless of the hundreds of passers-by. I often say that ‘gardening is all about sex’. That’s not just true about gardening but the whole of nature and this couple definitely agree! What am I talking about? Not…

King Stropharia workshop at Slape’s Mushroom House


Had a great day on Saturday. I attended a workshop about growing King Stropharia mushrooms in the garden at Slape’s Mushroom House It was a hell of a wet day and the hour or so drive to Warradale was pretty scary… I realized I hadn’t been to that part of town for about 30 years!…

Watering in Winter?


It might seem counterintuitive but late Winter and early Spring are excellent times to start your watering regime for the warm weather. Unless you garden in wicking beds, this is the time to check down into the soil to see how much moisture is held in the ground. The preoccupation with mulch that some gardeners…

The importance of microclimates


These hanging plants are on the back wall of the house to capture the light and warmth of the morning Sun. The brickwork holds the heat for a while and helps the plants to grow, or at least to survive the Winter. I decided to experiment a bit and placed them in slightly different positions….

Worm breeding and aquaponics combined


I’ve been wanting to add a worm farm to the aquaponics for a while so that we can get a constant drip of that wormy goodness into the water but we only just had enough scraps for the 2 farms we already had. On the weekend, at the mushroom workshop at Slapes Mushroom House, I…

Improving the aquaponics filters


For a while I’ve been using the white wool filter material in the filters on the media beds. This stuff is really only for small applications like indoor aquariums so keeps clogging up and compressing. That means that the water just runs off of the top of the compressed material and doesn’t filter. Sooo Im…