Last week in Ligaya Garden #6


So much is happening, both here and outhere in the big world that we thought it worth doing a little catchup every Sunday and publish it on a Monday, Oz time. All of the posts will be listed here on this page for your elucidation and convenience. The last week has been busy. My ongoing…

Last week in Ligaya Garden #5


So much is happening, both here and outhere in the big world that we thought it worth doing a little catchup every Sunday and publish it on a Monday, Oz time. All of the posts will be listed here on this page for your elucidation and convenience. Another week with very changeable weather. I’ve started…

Solar window heater update


I’ve been fixing the window box heater. It’s been working OK over winter but not to its maximum. I’ll rebuild it over Summer and add a temperature control so that it only comes on when the air temperature in the box is over 20°C. I’ll use thick glass as the cover instead of thin perspex…

Retrofitting for Summer


Our  next door neighbours, Steve and Donna have been having trouble with the heat. We had access to a few extra resources and were sure the community could provide more, so decided to do what we could to retrofit the front of their house to protect it from the Sun. Their place is the same…

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…

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…

Quick reflector test


It’s an ideal day to test the parabolic reflector made from an old Foxtel satellite dish (thanks Rupert!). I wanted to give it a quick test before calibrating it (a post on that is coming). It’s a beautiful 21° in the garden at the moment but on the paper at the end of the support…

Greenhouse/solar update


It may look like a rat’s nest of wiring, but let me assure you that the greenhouse is now connected to the 12V system, so the pump is running on sunshine! Greenhouses are a great way to experiment with different types of solar energy, however it is captured. The bad news is that the big…