Where’s the  ‘How to’s’? 


I’ve been spending a lot of the hot weather redoing some of the blog – new theme, upgraded plan, all that good stuff. While I’ve been at it, I’ve been checking out lots and lots of other people’s blogs.  I’ve noticed that there are soooo many ‘How to…’ posts and videos out there. When I…

2019?


What’s the New Year going to bring at Ligaya Garden? It’ll be a change to have the construction work and garden building finished. There’s always little things to do and seasonal jobs that need our attention but the heavy work is done (‘you’ve said that before`! mutters Marlon). The most urgent ‘big’ job remaining is…

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…

Some changes


We’ve just upgraded our WordPress plan so we can improve our website. You may notice some changes to the basic, relaxed format we’ve used (I’m graphically challenged lol). Marlon has taken over doing the graphics and visuals, so we’re expecting some great improvements there.  I’ll still be doing content and coding. The biggest change will…

Fundraising food! 


Our great friend, Pam, is holding a high tea to raise funds to help Jelina and Aunty Ellen get to Vancouver to present their paper at an important conference. Here’s the link if you want to join us today… https://www.facebook.com/events/248565192447933/ Pam has been preparing a high tea and Jelina has been making traditional Filipino foods….

The new workspace is coming along nicely…


Marlon and I have been pretty busy building lately. We’re offering workshops along the general theme of resilience, sustainability and creativity at Ligaya Garden pretty soon. So we took down the old shed and converted the space into an outdoor (but covered) workshop area with a solid concrete floor, excellent natural lighting and drainage. Jelina…

The Native verge


The Native verge garden is underway and, in true Ligaya Garden form, everything is edible or medicinal as well as being drought tolerant. I’ve put in seedlings of Acacia retionoides (wirilda) Myoporum insulare (Boobiala) and Dodonea viscosa (Sticky Hop Bush). The Acacia is a fast growing legume to stabilize and replenish the soil that was…

Fund raising film night


Ngarrindjeri Elder, Aunty Ellen Trevorrow and the indefatigable Jelina Haines are great friends and co-researchers in the field of Indigenous Knowledge. Together, they have authors the research paper ‘Video ethnographic documentation of stories and cultural practices with Indigenous Elders’. They have been accepted by the organisers of the ASIST&T conference in Canada to present their…

Food Underfoot 2018


We’ll its time for the Woodstock of Gawler amateur herbalism, Food Underfoot! On Sept 23rd at 11ish, I’ll be taking a foraging walk through Henry Chenoweth Reserve in Gawler where we will take a look at the seasonal, local, food and medicinal herbs available. Last year, if I remember correctly, we looked at Chickweed, Dandelion,…

Vote for Keeley!


Yates are running a search for Australia’s Next Top Gardener and our friend, Keeley Mann is having a shot. Keeley is the daughter of Megan Mann who runs Red Ochre Farm, an organic farming project at Krondorf in the Barossa Valley. Hopefully, I’ll be chatting with Megan soon for one of our interview spots. I…