Vlog 3: Surviving the heat


It’s the last Vlog of the year and it’s a hot one. This time, I cover the ways we keep the garden and critters watered and cool. At this stage of the game, we don’t need to artificially shade any of the plants. The garden was designed so that after two or three years, the…

Vlog 2: It’s hot! 


Summer’s here and the temperature is frequently topping 40°C. I usually go around the outside of the house and compare temperatures in full sun and in shade. This year I’ve made a video of most of my findings. Some might surprise you – they always do me! The take home lesson from all this is…

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…

In the Bunyip


Last Friday, the reporter from the Bunyip, our local newspaper came out to interview us about the house and garden from the point of energy efficiency. Jelina and Marlon were out, so it was just Athena and I and we ended up with most of page 39! It’s great that people want to hear about…

Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus)


    Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) are a close relative of the well known Sunflower (Helianthus annuus). They are equally as tall, hardy and beautiful as their cousins and even more productive.This plant has many names, the most descriptive being ‘Sunchokes’ or ‘Fartichokes’. I call Jerusalem Artichokes ‘everyone’s best friend’ because they have so many…

(Bubble) wrapping your windows in Summertime


  Bubble wrap can be easily applied to windows as insulation.  A while ago, I wrote a post called ‘Bubble Wrap Insulation‘. That post was aimed at keeping the Winter cold out and our precious heat in but as its been so hot here lately, I thought I’d measure the difference it made on the…

Shadehouse complete


Over the last week, interrupted by periods of bad health, and with Marlon’s erstwhile assistance, I’ve put up a shadehouse that covers most of the northern end of the house. This is the end that usually gets blasted all day by the summer sun, so shading it has been on our to-do list for a…

Through the roof!


Google said it was 37°C at midday, and who are we to argue? After all the changes weve made to the house to compensate for the hot weather, I thought I’d check some key points with my trusty temperature gun (in the pic above). For the record, we had: 22 on the interior walls 24…

Aircon for the chooks


It gets hot here in Oz in Summer, so I thought I’d give the girls a little treat. They like sitting under the rain tank next to the chook run on hotter days, so I helped them out by placing a fan under their house that would blow cool, moist air through their run. It’s…