Ligaya Gardening Tips #13 Pigeon Poo Percolator


Here’s a simple device to make your life less smelly. It’s our Pigeon Poo Percolator (I love alliteration!). It can be used to leach the goodness from chook poo too, but not dog poo and I haven’t tried human poo yet. All it is is two plastic spring water bottles. One stays completes, sits on…

Solar window heater update


I’ve been fixing the window box heater. It’s been working OK over winter but not to its maximum. I’ll rebuild it over Summer and add a temperature control so that it only comes on when the air temperature in the box is over 20°C. I’ll use thick glass as the cover instead of thin perspex…

The switches are here!


It took a while, but they are here… switching circuits for the rainwater. Once we connect one of the rain tanks to the kitchen and toilet, we can slash our town water even further without the need to bucket the rainwater in. Along with a couple of float switches, there boards will let me wire…

My super cheap fermentation indicator


Sometimes, you just don’t have the gear. I lost my airlock the other morning… It’s somewhere around but will probably turn up along with all those misplaced pens… I was making Beet kvass – a delicious, easy to make ferment. So… I got to thinking how to make an airlock, then realized I didn’t need…

A dodgy bit of electronics for sure.


On the weekend I picked up a whole lot of electronics from a garage sale. Amongst them was a 55 Ah battery, this case and cable. 55 Ah is the size I use in the solar system and its usually best to match sizes to eliminate charging troubles. Luckily this battery has a little bit…

Aircon for the chooks


It gets hot here in Oz in Summer, so I thought I’d give the girls a little treat. They like sitting under the rain tank next to the chook run on hotter days, so I helped them out by placing a fan under their house that would blow cool, moist air through their run. It’s…

The entrance to the garden.


Finished the carport and driveway. I went with gravel so we don’t contribute as much to the urban runoff that is poisoning our rivers. The concrete at the front of bottom of the pic is the council’s handiwork.