All during this hot weather we’ve had fungi in the garden


Lots of visible mushrooms, even though they are inedible, means good news. They pop up all over the place and that’s great! It means that we have a decent web of mycelia hroughout the soul and mulch. Mycelia are the nervous system of a garden and if they’re intact and fruiting, it means the garden…

The Money Tree…a plant with many names


Portulacaria afra is a plant found in many gardens. It’s hard to kill and asks so little that we take it for granted as an ornamental. It goes by many names in many places, often named the same as other plants, so it gets a bit mixed. I’ve heard it called ‘Money tree’, ‘Fortune plant’…

After 3 years… our first ripe Tamarillo!


Every year, something seems to harm our Tamarillo tree. Weather, caterpillars, not so gentle builders (mea culpa!) all conspire to prevent it from giving a crop. This year though, one has made it full term and two others are sneakily ripening, hoping to avoid the slings and arrows of outrageous Tamarillo fortune. share2steem via Instagram…

Aquaponics full tour! 


Whenever we post about our aquaponics system, we are asked for more details, for a full tour. We’ll, here it is, the oft requested full tour of our aquaponics set-up. I’ve even learned how to put titles in the thing. Enjoy

Vlog 5: a new pump


When we extended our aquaponics system recently, we exceeded the capacity of the existing pump to pump enough water through the additional pipes at a rate from which the plants could extract enough of the good stuff.  As it was, we were close to its maximum flow and not doing a very good job in…

Some bunnies… 


It’s hot and the bunnies know it! Every day in this heat, I put a 2 litre bottle of ice in the rabbit hutch once temperatures begin to climb. The rabbits love it and spend a few minutes knocking the bottle around the place and jumping on and over it before settling down, one on…