Braving the Boxthorn for berries


While I was out photographing for updates to our bushfoods & bush medicines page, I found that most of the Boxthorn bushes (Lycium ferocissimum) where I was wandering were in full fruit. Boxthorn is an edible weed, a prime candidate for delicious berries and it was a bounty that I couldn’t pass by. So I…

Last week in Ligaya Garden #4


So much is happening, both here and out 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. Spring is edging its way closer every day…

There’s another old man at our house


Yes, there’s a new old man living at Ligaya Garden… Old Man Saltbush, that is! He’s another addition to our verge garden. A tough old fella who can thrive in the worst conditions but should do just as well with a little love from us Old Man Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia) is a favourite in the…

A tale of roadside lust…


Can you feel the love in this picture? The couple in the photo were just ‘getting it on’ regardless of the hundreds of passers-by. I often say that ‘gardening is all about sex’. That’s not just true about gardening but the whole of nature and this couple definitely agree! What am I talking about? Not…

A Grass Roots story


I’ve a little story on pages 16-18 of the current (#252 April/May 2019) edition of Grass Roots magazine. It’s a little piece about the Australian Native edible plants we have here at Ligaya Garden and why we chose them. I hope you can grab a copy and check out our article and the many others…

Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) 


​Family: Solanaceae Habitat: Forest margins, woodland edges Description and uses: Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) is one of the amazing Solanum family which gives us so much of our food and lots of our medicines.  It’s a bushy plant that grows to around 3 metres tall down this way but may be bigger elsewhere.  Kangaroo Apple has deeply lobed…

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…

I made a video “A fairly detailed wander”


I’ve been playing around with short videos lately, being kind of behind the times with all this media stuff. Anyway, take a trip around the garden as I rabbit on about the plants therein. I think I cover them all. It’s nearly 20 minutes long, so grab your popcorn…

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…