Ligaya Gardening Tips #7 Winter’s bite


We often get asked for gardening tips, so have decided to do a weekly post describing things we do to keep our garden going well with bugger all effort. I’ll collate them on this page. As Athena is pointing out on the pic above, many plants suffer from the cold over Winter. This is normal…

Bubblewrapping the tropicals


A couple of our heat loving plants are suffering a bit in the cold. I was thinking about what to do about it, having moved them several times into warmer microclimates to no avail. I thought about buying some greenhouse plastic, then remembered that I had a heap of bubblewrap salvaged from an art gallery…

Temporary greenhouses


With the cold weather really and truly here (-1.1°C last night) it can be tricky to get some of the warmer weather plants to survive until Spring. The new garden bed that we put in where the bunnies were (more on that story later) has been filled with Ginger and Galangal and Turmeric rhizomes. While…

Planting time!


We’ll, I’ve finally got time to scratch myself, so it’s a good time to get some seeds started. I’m not that lucky with seeds but always give it a go. There’s everything in this pile, from lawn daisies (which I recently found to be quite tasty) to that perennial permaculture favourite, Pigeon peas. I try…

Jess’s Intermediate Mushroom Growing Workshop


I’m a bit late in writing this post, the problem with the blog and some other stuff have taken a lot of my time but I’d like to talk about the Sunday before last when I attended the second of Jess Bamford’s series of workshops – ‘Intermediate Mushroom Growing’ at Joe’s Connected Gardens. Plus, I…

Phil’s sand mini-wicking beds


I was visiting our friend Phil last weekend at his home. While I was there, he showed me an interesting take on the wicking bed idea. Phil’s idea is to use shallow trays of sand to raise seeds and seedlings using the basic design of  wicking beds. You can see the concept in action in…

Here’s a list of our perrenial plants…


Here’s a list of our perennial plants. There’s more than I thought! Trees Almond Apple Avocado Boxthorn Blood Orange Bush Lemon Cherry Cumquat Curry Leaf Tree Coffee Elder Feijoa Fig (Brown Turkey) Fig (White Genoa) Fig (White Adriatic) Finger Lime Ginko biloba Guava (Strawberry) Guava (Hawaiin Cream) Guava (Mexican Cream) Irish Strawberry Tree Japanese Raisin…

Ready for production!


The greenhouse aquaponics is ready to go! I’ve got all the times worked out for the bed, flow rates and lighting and the test plants, well, they haven’t died… There have been a couple of small modifications over the last couple of days.  The bell siphon on the gravel bed has a small hole drilled…

Aquaponics build #1


We’re well underway with the aquaponics build. The frame is almost done, though I couldn’t take a pic of it almost finished because it came in too dark too quickly. Jelina just managed to capture me hard at work Like so many good things, my first estimate of squeezing four tubs into the greenhouse was…

Greenhouse/solar update


It may look like a rat’s nest of wiring, but let me assure you that the greenhouse is now connected to the 12V system, so the pump is running on sunshine! Greenhouses are a great way to experiment with different types of solar energy, however it is captured. The bad news is that the big…