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…

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…

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…

Rooted! 


The Bell Siphons in the aquaponics system haven’t been draining properly of late. That’s not so bad now it’s Summer, the extra water staying in the beds helps the plants out. It has been bugging me for a few days though, so I decided to take a look. The pic shows the culprit. In number…

The new workspace is coming along nicely…


Marlon and I have been pretty busy building lately. We’re offering workshops along the general theme of resilience, sustainability and creativity at Ligaya Garden pretty soon. So we took down the old shed and converted the space into an outdoor (but covered) workshop area with a solid concrete floor, excellent natural lighting and drainage. Jelina…

Jess’s Mushroom Cultivation Workshop


Sunday marked the day of Jess’s Beginner’s Mushroom Cultivation workshop.  You may know Jess from guest posts here at Ligaya or from her writings on her own blog  botanicalcuriositiesaus or maybe her writing for the Joe’s Connected Gardens blog. Jess is a busy little mushroom. As I’ve not had much luck with mushroom growing, I thought I’d give it…

We’re getting famouser!


    Tomorrow at 2pm Adelaide time we will be having a chat with Adaire Palmer on her Mytimetv.live streaming channel. We’ll be talking about the garden, plants, sustainability…all the good stuff. Mercy will be advising on the upcoming election and if things get dull there are a couple of cute bunnies we can cut…

(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…

How we save nearly 2000 litres of water a year


It’s this simple! We all know that water is a valuable resource and one that shouldn’t be thrown away lightly. Some of us are still in mains water, so here’s a way to save quite a bit of that precious and increasingly expensive resource. The idea works for those on tank and bore water too….

Weather Station Zebra


  Thanks to our friends, Peter and Ilze, we now have a Digitech digital weather station. Thanks guys! Ive mounted it on a shadehouse beam on the northern end of the house for now, to see how it will perform in out st extreme summer conditions. Once we’ve finished Jelina’s new clothes dryer, it will…