Most years we lose a lot of produce to the birds. With extra netting and earlier harvesting, we’re claiming our own this year
Even though the heat is on this Summer, we’ve had more success with Ginger, Turmeric and Galangal than we’ve ever
Now that things are tidy at the back, I decided to make a video covering all of the plants we
A busy week…we finished the new aquaponics system, talked about Vanilla Orchids, and rewired some of our DIY solar
A garden is an ecosystem that we, the gardeners, are part of. As we consume the most of it’s bounty, I’m tipping that we’re Top Predator
Hopefully lots and lots! Baby mushrooms that is… A while back, I did a workshop at Slape’s Mushroom House and learned all about growing King Stropharia mushrooms in the garden. When I was there I bought a bunch of Blue Oyster grain spawn that I added to pasturize sugar came mulch and jammed it into 2 buckets (larger than last year’s). These stated in the laundry, getting light from the indoor hydro setup that I had already in place We had a little patch in the front yard all ready to go for the King Stropharia, but then I had to dig through it to get to a pipe that was causing trouble. That meant the mushrooms couldn’t go there. So, I pasteurized another bunch of sugarcane mulch with boiling water and put it in the largest container I had laying around. I made two airholes in the container, one in the lid and one on the end. These I
They’re usually finished in the garden at by this time of Winter but the Blackberry Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) just keeps on producing flowers and juicy black berries. They often survive in patches in the parks and by the creeks until now, being a short lived perennial. We usually take ours out when they slow right down in the cold and the leaves go all brown and sick looking. This year though, they’re in for the long haul. Note: only eat the Black berries, not the green ones, they’ll make you sick. When the black berries fall right off into your hand, they’re ready.
We had a spare corner of the laundry and wondered what we could fit into it to provide food and anything else for us and the garden. The area is 1400 mm x 800 mm or 1.12 square metres. Here’s what we grow there… mushrooms (well, they’re coming) enough greens for a meal on rainy days when we don’t want to go outside… microgreens… mealworms (that tower on the side) and isopods (the tubs on the top). That’s not bad, hey?