Vlog 3: Surviving the heat


It’s the last Vlog of the year and it’s a hot one. This time, I cover the ways we keep the garden and critters watered and cool. At this stage of the game, we don’t need to artificially shade any of the plants. The garden was designed so that after two or three years, the…

Vlog 2: It’s hot! 


Summer’s here and the temperature is frequently topping 40°C. I usually go around the outside of the house and compare temperatures in full sun and in shade. This year I’ve made a video of most of my findings. Some might surprise you – they always do me! The take home lesson from all this is…

Another day, another harvest


Who’s this handsome guy rooting around in the bush?Yesterday was a beautiful day here in South Oz, so it was time to forage. I’ve been wanting to explore the flats out near Thompson’s Beach for a while, so yesterday was the day to go. It’s been far to hot recently – its no fun being…

The garden’s growing to live up to its name


Thanks to the extra rain and the overcast skies, Ligaya garden has become almost overgrown. Some readers may remember the fecundity and thickness of the greenery this time last year. A lot of that was to do with a surplus of Lab Lab beans that overgrew so much. This year, its just as thick and…

Cool it! (with herbs)


  It’s bloody hot here today! 40 degrees before 11.30, but thanks to a cool change, we’re no longer baking in the full sun. Last year, we discussed the cooling properties of Borage (Borago officinalis) and how it was, what is called in herbalism, an ‘refrigerant;. That means that it can cool us from the…

Shadehouse complete


Over the last week, interrupted by periods of bad health, and with Marlon’s erstwhile assistance, I’ve put up a shadehouse that covers most of the northern end of the house. This is the end that usually gets blasted all day by the summer sun, so shading it has been on our to-do list for a…

Through the roof!


Google said it was 37°C at midday, and who are we to argue? After all the changes weve made to the house to compensate for the hot weather, I thought I’d check some key points with my trusty temperature gun (in the pic above). For the record, we had: 22 on the interior walls 24…

The ‘wirgola’


We needed a quick, very cheap way to shade the Western side of the house. The afternoon summer sun gets so very hot here. We have a thermometer under the small front verandah, this is in the shade at all times, though it’s post gets the sun.  It’s been as hot as 47 C  some…

A tribute to Soursobs


As summer rapidly approaches, I am reminded that it is time to harvest one of my favorite plants. To most it’s a weed, and a problem one at that. Me, I’ve found a way to make my peace (and dinner) with it. We call them ‘Soursobs’ here in Australia. Oxalis pes-capre to the technically minded. Their…