Ligaya Gardening Tips #6 Put your feet up


We often get asked for gardening tips, so have decided to do a weekly post describing things we do to keep our garden going well with bugger all effort. I’ll collate them on this page. Except for those folks who love to dig and weed and mow, gardening shouldn’t be hard work. Of course, you’ll…

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…

Lotsa babies! 


With all the crazy weather of late, I decided to drop by the Gawler Community House, where I look after the garden that supplies the kitchen with fresh, seasonal vegetables for their community meals. Part of my job is to keep the worm farm running smoothly, so you can imagine how happy I was to see lots…

Freezing veggies for the worms


Our friend, Annie, who breeds composting worms gave me a great tip a while back. It’s one I’ve been following and it works a treat. The tip is to freeze the vegetable scraps that are going to be fed to your worms. Then thaw them before feeding them. Freezing causes the water in the cells…

Worm tower maintenance


Worm towers are an excellent way to keep up the nutrient levels in our wicking beds. They require little maintenance beyond a regular top up. I was wondering if they needed a periodic clean out, so pulled up one and had a look.   I was interested in what was happening at the bottom of…

Mealworm Madness #5


  As you can see from the pic above, it’s time to clean out the¬†Mealworm Palace. The fine powdery stuff in the pic is called ‘frass’ and it’s what we call the leftovers after insects (in this case Mealworms) have eaten. It also includes other waste materials that we won’t go into here. You might…

What’s a CONDU?


  CONDUs Making up acronyms can be fun, so while I was making these pipe composters, I played around with many variations of names and letters. My final choice was ‘Columnar Organic Nutrient Distribution Units’ or ‘CONDUs’ For those of you not familiar with pipe composting, here’s the good oil… Small space gardens and gardens…

…and the kitchen sink!


We’ve got water use, catchment and distribution in the garden under control, now it’s time to learn about recycling our greywater from the house. To that end, I’ve disconnected the drain from the sink and run it into buckets. A couple of days of measuring showed that we were throwing away around 21 litres a…

Activated Compost teas


  Compost teas are easy to make and simple to apply. They are really just a brew of nutritious organic materials that are diluted and either sprayed as foliar sprays or added to the soil at the root zone. To make them extra potent, a Compost Tea Brewer can continuously mix the ingredients by bubbling…

Worm Tower update


Changing the compost It’s been over a month since I changed the compost in the worm towers. Here’s a little update…   The compost worms have been doing their job well The Red Wrigglers and friends have been really busy in the worm towers. In each tower, they’ve managed to change four good handfuls of…