The last of the goldfish


It was a sad day yesterday, I found the last of the goldfish in the aquaponics floating belly up in the IBC tank. We’re not sure what is causing the problem. None of the local pundits have been able to identify the cause of what liiks like blood under the scales and a thick mucus…

Staring straight at the Sun


When the temoerature’s over 40°C for days on a row, a well built system of shade is necessary. It’s good to make that shade out of edible plants and porous surfaces. The view in the pic above is from our front door, looking straight to the West where the afternoon sun is now down at…

Talk about tough!


These fungi are fruiting from sand that was buried under the pavers under the aquaponics for 3 years! Two days uncovered and they’re  fruiting already! 

Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) 


​Family: Solanaceae Habitat: Forest margins, woodland edges Description and uses: Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) is one of the amazing Solanum family which gives us so much of our food and lots of our medicines.  It’s a bushy plant that grows to around 3 metres tall down this way but may be bigger elsewhere.  Kangaroo Apple has deeply lobed…

Elderberries in the making


This year has been our first harvesting Elder (Sambucus nigra). We loved the flowers so much that it was hard to leave enough flowers to give us some berries.

Joe’s Connected Gardens extravaganza! 


It’s that time of the year again Our friends at Joe’s Connected Gardens are having their Open Gardens event this coming weekend.  It’s always a fun, educational experience where everybody can learn something about plants and permaculture.  This event has been getting bigger and better every year with ever larger crows learning ever more. It’s awesome and we’re really…