Busy times…


It’s been a busy week here. I’ve added a second tap in the front yard and divided the drip irrigation into three, smaller, sectors each with its own tap. This should make water use a lot more efficient next Summer as we can easily isolate parts of the garden now in case the weather gets…

Our newest additions 


People say I’m crazy to plant in this heat. Maybe I am but I can’t help it. The new arrivals are all hot weather plants that are being grown by folks in the general area. Common sense prevails in the choice of plants even if not in the timing. In the pics below, you’ll see…

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…

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…

Winter aquaponics update


  A quick Winter update on the aquaponics system. It’s hanging in there over the cold weather with only natural daylight and no covering. The Winter has been pretty mild so far and only the Kangkong is suffering, but it’s doing better thsn expected when you consider it’s a tropical kind of plant. The basic…

Typhoon Malcolm


Empty Empty… It looks like a typhoon has been through our yard. Branches and broken growth are everywhere. Even Athena doesn’t know where to poo! It’s actually not that bad. Yes the place is in a mess. I started with a light pre-Winter tidy up, then discovered that the Madder had spread absolutely everywhere under…

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…