Capturing the washing water 


It might not look like much, but this drum, bit of pipe and reclaimed hose can save us heaps.  It’s simply a way to catch the washing machine water, let it settle, then send it to the garden. We don’t use hot water in our machine which has a 4.5 star water rating and uses…

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…

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…

Bare Earth… No way! 


I’ve been sharing this pic around because it’s an unusual event in the garden. When we bought the block, the first thing we did was cover the whole front yard with layers of newspaper and about 10cm (that’s 4″ in the old measurement) of compost and mulch. After a frustrating wait of a few days,…

Creeping Woodsorrel (Oxalis corniculata) 


Oxalis corniculata, or Creeping Woodsorrel is a common plant in pots over here. It seems to prefer making itself at home in potting mix at our place.  A lot of folks don’t like it because ‘it’s a weed! ‘ but it’s not to me, it’s a tasty snack. It’s an Oxalis, so contains Oxalic Acid…

Something strange over the garden 


After the success of the plastic Owl in the backyard, I decided to go one step further and grab us a flying one.  These are quite a clever design, essentially they’re a plastic Owl head on a windsock with wings that stretch a metre wide.  I’ve installed it on a 4 metre length of electrical…

Mamma bird is back


Mother Blackbird had so much success raising her first batch of babies by our front door that she’s laid a second batch. It’s really encouraging when critters feel safe enough in our garden to raise families.  There was a lot of conflict with blackbirds at first, but we’ve fortified everything and sometimes leave mealworms and…

Being careful 


We have to be careful with this little plant. No, it’s not poisonous or invasive. To someone who doesn’t know that we planted them, these shoots look just like the young shoots and leaves of a notorious (but edible) garden pest Soursobs (Oxalis pes-capre) who’s yellow flowers cover the land at certain times and are…

Oka progress report


I haven’t had much luck growing Oka (Oxalis tuberosa also known as New Zealand Yams) in the past. It’s either been eaten by dogs (Charlie and Bronson both enjoyed digging them up and eating. Bless you boys, wherever you are), rotted from too much moisture or shrivelled from the opposite). This year I thought I’d give…

Time for this one… 


I like this time of year, it’s time for my favourite foraging food… Blackberry Nightshade…  It’s also the time of year when passers-by tell me ‘don’t eat that! It’s poisonous’! Blackberry Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is a delicious relative of  the humble Tomato. Like tomatoes, the berries are the best bit. Berries are best picked and…