Last week in Ligaya Garden #4

So much is happening, both here and out in the big world that we thought it worth doing a little catchup every Sunday and publish it on a Monday, Oz time. All of the posts will be listed here on this page for your elucidation and convenience. Spring is edging its way closer every day and the garden’s going crazy. Buds, blossoms and leaves are everywhere you look. We lost a couple of plants to the cold and a couple more are suffering but I think will pull through. Those lost were young Tamarinds. That was a pricey loss but you can’t always. I love the way that deciduous plants, especially young trees can look like dead sticks for most of the season, then, when you’re not looking, burst forth in flowers! -The aquaponics has seen a few fish deaths. I think this is due to lack of oxygen in the cold water at night. I’ve extended the frequency and

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Last week in Ligaya Garden #3

So much is happening, both here and out in the big world that we thought it worth doing a little catchup every Sunday and publish it on a Monday, Oz time. All of the posts will be listed here on this page for your elucidation and convenience. Last week in Ligaya Garden -A slow week in the garden. There’s a lot of buds and blooms coming out, All the deciduous trees are swelling and ready to pop. Like the Dwarf Mulberry in the pic above. Everything’s growing just as it should be. Lots of Sun and frequent rain is kicking things along nicely. It certainly doesn’t need any help from me at the moment, so I’m taking it easy. I’ve been a bit concerned by the news from Hong Kong and have been researching modern social action starting with the Zapatistas in 1994 who wandered out from the jungle with a whole new way of protest. It’s very interesting how

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Lotsa baby snails…

Looks like the aquatic snails have been having fun. Lots of eggs under the Styrofoam harvesting floats is a good sign. I’m breeding them in otherwise unused tubs so that they can give the chooks a little extra meat and calcium. Maybe I can flog a few off too when I have enough. I got the snails for free along with a gift of pond plants and mistakenly allowed them into the aquaponics system. Now, when I see one, I pluck it out and put it in a bucket of pond weed. I’ve accidentally found that they enjoy sitting under Styrofoam that is floating on the water’s surface. They seem to enjoy that little secluded space to have a little gastropod fun and then lay their eggs. The end result is that I have a couple of buckets with egg laying snails that are multiplying pretty quickly. That can’t be a bad thing, getting another form of life into an

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It’s the last day of our FB fundraiser. We’re about halfway to the amount we need, which will match our savings and get us to our goal. If you like what we do and have a few bucks spare, please consider donating. You can do it on FB but we’ll also take more personal considerations if you don’t trust the system.

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Improving the aquaponics filters

For a while I’ve been using the white wool filter material in the filters on the media beds. This stuff is really only for small applications like indoor aquariums so keeps clogging up and compressing. That means that the water just runs off of the top of the compressed material and doesn’t filter. Sooo Im trying this spongy blue material, which is available in sheets and I’m cutting it to size to fit 10 cm (4″) plant pots in which I’ve cut extra holes to improve the outflow. This stuff is much coarser than the filter wool and hopefully, changing it will reduce the number of times I need to clean the filter material. I can be put in finer filter material after this later if this works. Wish me luck!

Who’s that by the fence… It’s only me!

I scared myself today… Saw someone by the back fence who shouldn’t have been there. I had to laugh when I recognised that it was only my reflection. I found some metal reflectors attached to some fluoro light mounts a little while back and stashed them in the shed thinking, as usual ‘those should come in useful one day’. Sure enough, with a few days of grey skies I remembered that they were there and mounted them along the back of the aquaponics and onto the fence. They add a lot more light to the system and a little more daytime heat and should pick the plants up a little. I’ve just got to remember that the reflection in them as I come out of the back garden is only me!