Capturing the washing water 


It might not look like much, but this drum, bit of pipe and reclaimed hose can save us heaps.  It’s simply a way to catch the washing machine water, let it settle, then send it to the garden. We don’t use hot water in our machine which has a 4.5 star water rating and uses…

How we save nearly 2000 litres of water a year


It’s this simple! We all know that water is a valuable resource and one that shouldn’t be thrown away lightly. Some of us are still in mains water, so here’s a way to save quite a bit of that precious and increasingly expensive resource. The idea works for those on tank and bore water too….

Click! and we’re done.


  With one final ‘Click!’ the irrigation system for the front garden is complete! We have a drip irrigation system in place that runs primarily from the two rainwater tanks in the front garden. That gives us 1750 litres to play with. They are connected to the tanks at the back of the house too…

Garden review


  Our garden has been designed to fulfill many functions. Privacy – Our block is very small, so a good screen of trees and shrubs is necessary to keep the noise from the road and neighbors down, as well as to allow us to move around the garden and house without fuss. The citrus hedge,…

Open the door and eat.


Vegetable beds by the front door! Who ever heard of such a thing? These are 3 1m x 1m raised beds, 300mm deep, that I built by our front door. I was in a hurry to get vegetables in before the hot weather started, so I bought some DIY plastic beds, potting mix, compost and…

Planting time is family time.


The family planting trees. 4 deciduous fruit trees that should provide us. In addition to fruit, they will shade the front of the house from the western sun that blasts it in summer. I used tree guards around their bases. These keep water where it is needed and allow it to move down to the…