New wicking beds


The last couple of weeks have seen big changes in the front garden. After the mulching and new paths, I was looking at what scrap material we had and found two half pickle barrels. So… I reused some of the gravel, some plastic that I was gifted, old PVC pipe, polypipe and shade cloth to…

Modularity rules!


One of the great things about aquaponics is that you can design a high degree of modularity and redundancy into your system. Am example is our floating raft beds – the plants in them aren’t doing so well now that the cooler weather is here. I noticed that, in these conditions, the Azolla was thriving….

Being careful 


We have to be careful with this little plant. No, it’s not poisonous or invasive. To someone who doesn’t know that we planted them, these shoots look just like the young shoots and leaves of a notorious (but edible) garden pest Soursobs (Oxalis pes-capre) who’s yellow flowers cover the land at certain times and are…

Oka progress report


I haven’t had much luck growing Oka (Oxalis tuberosa also known as New Zealand Yams) in the past. It’s either been eaten by dogs (Charlie and Bronson both enjoyed digging them up and eating. Bless you boys, wherever you are), rotted from too much moisture or shrivelled from the opposite). This year I thought I’d give…

Time for this one… 


I like this time of year, it’s time for my favourite foraging food… Blackberry Nightshade…  It’s also the time of year when passers-by tell me ‘don’t eat that! It’s poisonous’! Blackberry Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is a delicious relative of  the humble Tomato. Like tomatoes, the berries are the best bit. Berries are best picked and…

Dwarf Mulberries


The Dwarf Mulberry that we planted  a couple of months ago has surprised us and produced tiny fruit! The Mulberries are only about the size of my little fingernail. They’re not quite ripe but we’re really looking forward to tasting them. We hope they’re sweet!        

Mealworm Madness almost summer update


I haven’t posted anything about the mealworms of late, they’ve been pretty slow with the cold weather. Today’s cleanup showed lots of pupae. The larvae have decided to grow up and have entered into the intermediate stage between childhood and adulthood. Along the same lines, lots of beetles have completed their life cycles and have…

I made a video “A fairly detailed wander”


I’ve been playing around with short videos lately, being kind of behind the times with all this media stuff. Anyway, take a trip around the garden as I rabbit on about the plants therein. I think I cover them all. It’s nearly 20 minutes long, so grab your popcorn…

Planting time!


We’ll, I’ve finally got time to scratch myself, so it’s a good time to get some seeds started. I’m not that lucky with seeds but always give it a go. There’s everything in this pile, from lawn daisies (which I recently found to be quite tasty) to that perennial permaculture favourite, Pigeon peas. I try…