Life always finds a way


While walking on an expanse of empty gravel this sunny afternoon, I noticed a glint of light and a splash of green. Moving closer, I found that I’d spotted a ‘natural’, spontaneous, greenhouse! A collection of small plants are happily growing in the protective shelter of a piece of discarded plastic. What a beautiful example…

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…

Gardens can be anywhere


Though we may struggle sometimes to get certain favourite plants to grow in our garden, I am always surprised (and sometimes frustrated) at the way some plants thrive in difficult locations outside of our carefully tended gardens. Take a look at the pic above. It’s one of our most useful seasonal plants, Chickweed (Stellaria media)…

Surviving well


They’re usually finished in the garden at by this time of Winter but the Blackberry Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) just keeps on producing flowers and juicy black berries. They often survive in patches in the parks and by the creeks until now, being a short lived perennial. We usually take ours out when they slow right…

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…

Nettles…. Mmmmmm


Nettles… Fresh picked from our front yard and washed… Just delicious! These go in the dryer. Tomorrow’s lot are for compost tea. It’s much easier to pick the fresh, young nettles than it is to pick and process older ones. All you need to do is wash the dirt off of the roots and they’re…

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…