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…

Solar window heater update


I’ve been fixing the window box heater. It’s been working OK over winter but not to its maximum. I’ll rebuild it over Summer and add a temperature control so that it only comes on when the air temperature in the box is over 20°C. I’ll use thick glass as the cover instead of thin perspex…

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…

Vlog 2: It’s hot! 


Summer’s here and the temperature is frequently topping 40°C. I usually go around the outside of the house and compare temperatures in full sun and in shade. This year I’ve made a video of most of my findings. Some might surprise you – they always do me! The take home lesson from all this is…

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,…

Lotsa babies! 


With all the crazy weather of late, I decided to drop by the Gawler Community House, where I look after the garden that supplies the kitchen with fresh, seasonal vegetables for their community meals. Part of my job is to keep the worm farm running smoothly, so you can imagine how happy I was to see lots…

In the Bunyip


Last Friday, the reporter from the Bunyip, our local newspaper came out to interview us about the house and garden from the point of energy efficiency. Jelina and Marlon were out, so it was just Athena and I and we ended up with most of page 39! It’s great that people want to hear about…

(Bubble) wrapping your windows in Summertime


  Bubble wrap can be easily applied to windows as insulation.  A while ago, I wrote a post called ‘Bubble Wrap Insulation‘. That post was aimed at keeping the Winter cold out and our precious heat in but as its been so hot here lately, I thought I’d measure the difference it made on the…