Ligaya Gardening Tips #8 Watering in Winter and Spring


We often get asked for gardening tips, so have decided to do a weekly post describing things we do to keep our garden going well with bugger all effort. I’ll collate them on this page. It might seem counterintuitive but late Winter and early Spring are excellent times to start your watering regime for the…

Fragments and weirding part 1


This’ll be part 1 of a series of rambling, thoughtful, posts I’ll be writing on my perceptions of the social and cultural catastrophe that is global weirding. First, let me explain that I have adopted the term ‘global weirding’ to express my view of the climate emergency that is now beyond our capacity to fix…

Watering in Winter?


It might seem counterintuitive but late Winter and early Spring are excellent times to start your watering regime for the warm weather. Unless you garden in wicking beds, this is the time to check down into the soil to see how much moisture is held in the ground. The preoccupation with mulch that some gardeners…

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…

We’re still green! 


We’ve had a couple of weeks of super high temperatures and it looks like we’ve got more to come. The garden is still kicking on. There’s still a lot of cool green space within its bounds. It’s taking more water than we’d like to keep it this way so we’re changing some plants to more…

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…

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…

The garden’s growing to live up to its name


Thanks to the extra rain and the overcast skies, Ligaya garden has become almost overgrown. Some readers may remember the fecundity and thickness of the greenery this time last year. A lot of that was to do with a surplus of Lab Lab beans that overgrew so much. This year, its just as thick and…

Through the roof!


Google said it was 37°C at midday, and who are we to argue? After all the changes weve made to the house to compensate for the hot weather, I thought I’d check some key points with my trusty temperature gun (in the pic above). For the record, we had: 22 on the interior walls 24…