It’s that time again! 


Two days ago, our Snake beans were right as rain. I went out this morning and they were full of holes! The culprit? These little green looper caterpillars. I don’t know their real name, I’ve heard many, usually associated with swearing. I’m lucky that the crop is young, so I can get on top of…

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…

Too extreme? 


We’ve tried so many things to keep the birds off of the aquaponics where they keep killing our new seedlings. We’ve had wire, nets, hanging CDs, all to no avail.  I was at a local hardware store yesterday and found this guy staring down at me. He’s a bird scaring Owl whose eyes reflect light…

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…

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…

Aquaponics Sweet Potatoes


Jelina is happy! We cleaned out the aquaponics last week and boy, did that Sweet Potato make a mess of things! So why is Jelina happy? It’s because we harvested more than 2 kg of crunchy little purple tubers. They’re kind of like little carrots. As you can see from the pic above, there is…

The last fiddly bit


Jelina has been asking for a water feature out in the aquaponics area for a while. We’ve finished all the big work now on the system (until the big fish tank goes in next year), so I used a couple of builder’s tubs and some polypipe off-cuts that were laying around to make her this…

Gary’s Christmas message


I found Gary the Yabby waving his claws around from a little space in between some big pots. He’d climbed out of his pond to say ‘Merry Christmas’! to everyone and a Happy New Year.