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…

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…