Ligaya Gardening tips #3 Blackbirds


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. Here’s this week’s… Blackbirds are real characters. We love them so much that a mama bird makes her nest in…

Ligaya Gardening Tips #1 Bug bait


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. Here’s this week’s… Vegetable plants can be very useful even after we’ve eaten the good bits. Letting them go to…

It’s that time again! 


Two days ago, our Snake beans were right as rain. I went out this morning and they were full of holes! The culprit? These little green looper caterpillars. I don’t know their real name, I’ve heard many, usually associated with swearing. I’m lucky that the crop is young, so I can get on top of…

Pear Slugs, not Peach Slugs! 


I made a little video this morning about our infestation of Pear Slugs.  These voracious little blobs of goo have been tucking into our Pear tree while I’ve been distracted with other things. A good dose of diatomaceous earth has fixed them. The post title alludes to the fact that all day, while discussing them…

Something strange over the garden 


After the success of the plastic Owl in the backyard, I decided to go one step further and grab us a flying one.  These are quite a clever design, essentially they’re a plastic Owl head on a windsock with wings that stretch a metre wide.  I’ve installed it on a 4 metre length of electrical…

Too extreme? 


We’ve tried so many things to keep the birds off of the aquaponics where they keep killing our new seedlings. We’ve had wire, nets, hanging CDs, all to no avail.  I was at a local hardware store yesterday and found this guy staring down at me. He’s a bird scaring Owl whose eyes reflect light…

Mamma bird is back


Mother Blackbird had so much success raising her first batch of babies by our front door that she’s laid a second batch. It’s really encouraging when critters feel safe enough in our garden to raise families.  There was a lot of conflict with blackbirds at first, but we’ve fortified everything and sometimes leave mealworms and…

Birds love bulbs.


I was concerned about getting rid of all the oxalis bulbs before we put down the new driveway, but it looks like the birds moved in this morning and did most of the job for me. Thanks nature.

Bugs love Chinese cabbage too!


In my straw bale bed the bugs love the chinese cabbage (i think its Wongbok) but leave the lettuce, silver beet and kale alone. Months later…I’ve found that the bugs generally like European vegetables over Asian. I know this contradicts the post above, but it’s all a learning experience

Citrus issues


My potted citrus are suffering this winter. Leaves yellowing and dropping. Something’s chewing the leaves of the lemon. Here’s a note, added some months later… Earwigs have been the bane of my young citrus trees. It is they that have been chewing the leaves. The best way to stop them has been to cover a…