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…

Rooted! 


The Bell Siphons in the aquaponics system haven’t been draining properly of late. That’s not so bad now it’s Summer, the extra water staying in the beds helps the plants out. It has been bugging me for a few days though, so I decided to take a look. The pic shows the culprit. In number…

2019?


What’s the New Year going to bring at Ligaya Garden? It’ll be a change to have the construction work and garden building finished. There’s always little things to do and seasonal jobs that need our attention but the heavy work is done (‘you’ve said that before`! mutters Marlon). The most urgent ‘big’ job remaining is…

Today’s little harvest


Not every day brings bucketful of veggies. Plants need time to rest, I suppose that making fruit is quite tiring. Sometimes a small harvest is because wev’ve already picked the best and brightest the garden has to offer however, there’s always something around. The capsicums in the pic are Hungarian Yellow Wax and are our…

Pear Slugs, not Peach Slugs! 


I made a little video this morning about our infestation of Pear Slugs.  These voracious little blobs of goo have been tucking into our Pear tree while I’ve been distracted with other things. A good dose of diatomaceous earth has fixed them. The post title alludes to the fact that all day, while discussing them…

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…