Our indoor, hydro garden


It’s getting cold outside, so who wants to go and harvest in the rain for dinner? Not me. The solution…an indoor hydro garden for the stuff we use the most. Of course, we wanted an aquaponics setup to mirror the big, outdoor one but weren’t sure how the fish would go under artificial light at…

Modularity rules!


One of the great things about aquaponics is that you can design a high degree of modularity and redundancy into your system. Am example is our floating raft beds – the plants in them aren’t doing so well now that the cooler weather is here. I noticed that, in these conditions, the Azolla was thriving….

The vertical gardening workshop is sold out


I’m happy to say that the free vertical gardening workshop that I’m teaching at the Gawler Environment Centre is sold out! That’s pretty exciting to me! The event is being run at the Gawler Environment Centre (next to the NRM at the Council Chambers on High Street). It’ll be running on Saturday April 27th from…

Living Smart visit.


Last Saturday (the 6th of April, that is) we had a visit from participants in the Living Smart course held by our friend, Rachel Brdanovich. It was a bit of a squeeze to shoehorn 20 or so people into our garden and make sure they could all see and hear what I was carrying on…

Aquaponics full tour! 


Whenever we post about our aquaponics system, we are asked for more details, for a full tour. We’ll, here it is, the oft requested full tour of our aquaponics set-up. I’ve even learned how to put titles in the thing. Enjoy

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…

Strange days


Last night the sky turned a bizarre yellow. In its own way it was beautiful, the unusual colour turning the plants in the garden into alien creatures. According to friends who follow such things it’s because the Yanks are spraying sulphur dioxide everywhere instead of slashing their greenhouse emissions. I took a few pics and…

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…

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…

Where’s the  ‘How to’s’? 


I’ve been spending a lot of the hot weather redoing some of the blog – new theme, upgraded plan, all that good stuff. While I’ve been at it, I’ve been checking out lots and lots of other people’s blogs.  I’ve noticed that there are soooo many ‘How to…’ posts and videos out there. When I…