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…

Purple!


After the recent rabbit rampage and Amelia’s on again off again residency in the garden, we’ve got some replanting do! So it was off to Bunnings yesterday where Jelina fell in love. Not with me again , not with some handsome swarthy gentleman or woman, but with Brassicas! Her favourite colour is purple, so imagine…

New wicking beds


The last couple of weeks have seen big changes in the front garden. After the mulching and new paths, I was looking at what scrap material we had and found two half pickle barrels. So… I reused some of the gravel, some plastic that I was gifted, old PVC pipe, polypipe and shade cloth to…

Bye Mercy!


This afternoon, I found Mercy, our oldest chook dead in the middle of the run. She was coming up on 4 years old. There were no obvious marks or fluids, no sign of a struggle, so I hope it was a painless death. I’ve been remiss in spending time with the girls lately as there…

Modularity rules!


One of the great things about aquaponics is that you can design a high degree of modularity and redundancy into your system. Am example is our floating raft beds – the plants in them aren’t doing so well now that the cooler weather is here. I noticed that, in these conditions, the Azolla was thriving….

Two and a quarter!


Over the last week, I’ve put in new edging along the main garden paths. Folks kept tripping over the old pavers that we were using for the job – it was a bit of a health hazard! I wanted to do it in one hit and, after a couple of days searching recycling and scrap…

Busy times…


It’s been a busy week here. I’ve added a second tap in the front yard and divided the drip irrigation into three, smaller, sectors each with its own tap. This should make water use a lot more efficient next Summer as we can easily isolate parts of the garden now in case the weather gets…

The vertical gardening workshop is sold out


I’m happy to say that the free vertical gardening workshop that I’m teaching at the Gawler Environment Centre is sold out! That’s pretty exciting to me! The event is being run at the Gawler Environment Centre (next to the NRM at the Council Chambers on High Street). It’ll be running on Saturday April 27th from…

Living Smart visit.


Last Saturday (the 6th of April, that is) we had a visit from participants in the Living Smart course held by our friend, Rachel Brdanovich. It was a bit of a squeeze to shoehorn 20 or so people into our garden and make sure they could all see and hear what I was carrying on…

Winter veggie bed #1 is in


I know it’s not a lot like Autumn over here in Oz, but the plants seem to be keeping their own sage advice and are growing too quickly to leave. Even these have gotten a bit ‘leggy’. Today I prepared a wicking bed for them, the one that had Tomatoes, Amaranth and Okra in it…