Jelina was on SBS


The always smiling Jelina was interviewed by SBS radio about her long term friendship with Aunty Ellen Trevorrow and her relationship with Indigenous folk. Here’s the interview

A Grass Roots story


I’ve a little story on page 16 of the current (April/May) edition of Grass Roots magazine. It’s a little piece about the Australian Native edible plants we have here at Ligaya Garden and why we chose them. I was hoping to give you a pic of the cover, but I forgot about that and gave…

The vertical gardening workshop is sold out


I’m happy to say that the free vertical gardening workshop that I’m teaching at the Gawler Environment Centre is sold out! That’s pretty exciting to me! The event is being run at the Gawler Environment Centre (next to the NRM at the Council Chambers on High Street). It’ll be running on Saturday April 27th from…

Where’s the  ‘How to’s’? 


I’ve been spending a lot of the hot weather redoing some of the blog – new theme, upgraded plan, all that good stuff. While I’ve been at it, I’ve been checking out lots and lots of other people’s blogs.  I’ve noticed that there are soooo many ‘How to…’ posts and videos out there. When I…

We’re in the latest Grass Roots


I’m a bit silly. I wrote this when the magazine came out but put it in ‘drafts’ and not ‘published’ here on the blog. Anyways, we’re a bit more well known now. We’ve an article over three  glorious black and white pages in the Oct/Nov 2018 edition (#249) of Grass Roots magazine. That’s 2 of…

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…

In the Bunyip


Last Friday, the reporter from the Bunyip, our local newspaper came out to interview us about the house and garden from the point of energy efficiency. Jelina and Marlon were out, so it was just Athena and I and we ended up with most of page 39! It’s great that people want to hear about…

Literacy Backpack Philippines


  The  Literacy Backpack Philippines (LBP) project was founded early this year and the project is situated in Benolho a small town of Albuera Leyte in the Visayan region of the Philippines. The project is privately funded by two people in the hope of supporting and assisting school-age children and their family who are vulnerable, especially…

Jess’s Mushroom Cultivation Workshop


Sunday marked the day of Jess’s Beginner’s Mushroom Cultivation workshop.  You may know Jess from guest posts here at Ligaya or from her writings on her own blog  botanicalcuriositiesaus or maybe her writing for the Joe’s Connected Gardens blog. Jess is a busy little mushroom. As I’ve not had much luck with mushroom growing, I thought I’d give it…

Sustainable generation.


When I look at the passion some of my son’s generation have for fighting climate change and embracing sustainability I am filled with optimism and hope. It is up to those of my generation, which includes those in power now, to make the effort to honestly and openly guide them in their learning so that…