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…

The last of the goldfish


It was a sad day yesterday, I found the last of the goldfish in the aquaponics floating belly up in the IBC tank. We’re not sure what is causing the problem. None of the local pundits have been able to identify the cause of what liiks like blood under the scales and a thick mucus…

It’s that time again! 


Two days ago, our Snake beans were right as rain. I went out this morning and they were full of holes! The culprit? These little green looper caterpillars. I don’t know their real name, I’ve heard many, usually associated with swearing. I’m lucky that the crop is young, so I can get on top of…

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…

Too extreme? 


We’ve tried so many things to keep the birds off of the aquaponics where they keep killing our new seedlings. We’ve had wire, nets, hanging CDs, all to no avail.  I was at a local hardware store yesterday and found this guy staring down at me. He’s a bird scaring Owl whose eyes reflect light…

Mamma bird is back


Mother Blackbird had so much success raising her first batch of babies by our front door that she’s laid a second batch. It’s really encouraging when critters feel safe enough in our garden to raise families.  There was a lot of conflict with blackbirds at first, but we’ve fortified everything and sometimes leave mealworms and…

Top Predator


It’s good to see a predator in the garden! Predstors such as this centipede indicate that there’s a good population of things for it to eat. That means bugs and often the very bugs that eat your veggies! So if you see one of these fellas when you move something or dig in the mulch,…

Grasses everywhere!


We’ve annual grasses coming up everywhere! They’re in the beds, on the footpath, by the fence – they’re all around! But not to worry…there’s no problem. Some may call them weeds and curse the extra workload that they bring but, in fact, I planted all of them. I had a packet of Canary seed given…

Slugs!


For a week now I’ve had some slug traps out. Just a simple yeast, sugar and water mix bait in cut out soft drink bottles. I’ve been puzzled about why the leafy greens are still getting eaten. As it wasn’t too cold or wet tonight. I popped out for a bit of an examination. The…