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…

Ligaya Gardening tips #3 Blackbirds


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. Here’s this week’s… Blackbirds are real characters. We love them so much that a mama bird makes her nest in…

Ligaya gardening tips #2 Make friends with annual grasses


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. Here’s this week’s… Annual grasses are our friends for many reasons. They grow from seed, so they attract birds and…

So many birds!


OK. It’s not the best video, bei g mainly a shot of our front security door. It’s the sound that I want to get across! Folks often mention how many birds they see coming and going from our block. I decided to video this morning’s ruckus, so here it is… Besides Dolores’s constant nagging for…

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…

Watering in Winter?


It might seem counterintuitive but late Winter and early Spring are excellent times to start your watering regime for the warm weather. Unless you garden in wicking beds, this is the time to check down into the soil to see how much moisture is held in the ground. The preoccupation with mulch that some gardeners…

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…

Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) 


​Family: Solanaceae Habitat: Forest margins, woodland edges Description and uses: Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) is one of the amazing Solanum family which gives us so much of our food and lots of our medicines.  It’s a bushy plant that grows to around 3 metres tall down this way but may be bigger elsewhere.  Kangaroo Apple has deeply lobed…

Retrofitting for Summer


Our  next door neighbours, Steve and Donna have been having trouble with the heat. We had access to a few extra resources and were sure the community could provide more, so decided to do what we could to retrofit the front of their house to protect it from the Sun. Their place is the same…

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…