Capturing the washing water 


It might not look like much, but this drum, bit of pipe and reclaimed hose can save us heaps.  It’s simply a way to catch the washing machine water, let it settle, then send it to the garden. We don’t use hot water in our machine which has a 4.5 star water rating and uses…

New additions to the garden


Had a couple of nice surprises today. I went with our friend Annie to recreate at Mt. Pleasant. recreate is an amazing place where artists reuse, recycle and repurpose all kinds of stuff into useful, inspirational or just quirky art They also have a very interesting range of plants for sale, with local herbalists Margaret…

What to do with bad Bokashi?


After a couple of months sitting forgotten and neglected in the weather, our Bokashi bin lid got several cracks in it. That’s a bit of a disaster for the microbes that do the work for us, they’re anaerobic and don’t like fresh air and sunlight (they’re the teenagers of the microbes world). The result is…

Some days you’re just lucky


Some days, your timing is just right. Today I dropped in to the Gawler Community House, where I volunteer tending their kitchen garden. I saw a fellow struggling a bit with a trolley full of magazines. I wandered on over to offer a hand and, joy of joys, saw the trolley was full of gardening…

Freezing veggies for the worms


Our friend, Annie, who breeds composting worms gave me a great tip a while back. It’s one I’ve been following and it works a treat. The tip is to freeze the vegetable scraps that are going to be fed to your worms. Then thaw them before feeding them. Freezing causes the water in the cells…

Our little market stall


Alchemy Cafe are hosting a vintage market today. We have a little stall selling vintage jewellery that is excess to my online shop, SellTheOld. If you’re buzzing around Gawler with extra cash and nothing to do, drop by…

Worm tower maintenance


Worm towers are an excellent way to keep up the nutrient levels in our wicking beds. They require little maintenance beyond a regular top up. I was wondering if they needed a periodic clean out, so pulled up one and had a look.   I was interested in what was happening at the bottom of…

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…

Less waste by reusing zip ties


I use a lot of zip ties (or cable ties) around the house and garden. They are a quick and easy way to secure a lot of things temporarily or permanently. Often, I’ve wondered about reusing them to save money and the amount of plastic we are putting in the recycling. A quick search on…