By “chopping and dropping” your weeds you not only mulch and return nutrients to the soil, but you avoid disturbing the soil surface and prevent more weed seeds germinating.
Items of note I read this week: mulched garden paths, sub-acre agriculture, tiny houses, a DIY first aid kit, and lots of backyard pig-raising.
What a great turnout we had at yesterday’s Jamberoo Community Growers meeting! Don Cairns, former resident of Kiama and Kangaroo Valley and now living in Nowra, gave an excellent talk about growing food through the season. Don has been gardening for many years, and understands our climate and weather patterns very well. His tips and … [Read more…]
On Sunday I drove up to the Wollongong Wholesale Nursery at Albion Park Rail to buy some fruit trees with my Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge vouchers. The staff there were really helpful, and gave me some good ideas for the types of trees that would suit our needs for the front yard. I pretty much … [Read more…]
Bags of mushroom compost are cheap, and will grow more mushrooms than those expensive kits you can buy at chain stores. And the fresh mushrooms they grow taste incredible!
When we did our house extensions about 5 years ago, we didn’t really do much with the front yard. We always meant to come back to it someday, but never quite got around to it. We never bothered to plant much in the way of trees and shrubs either, since we didn’t want them to … [Read more…]
Yesterday we had our [Sydney Water “Love Your Garden”](http://www.sydneywater.com.au/SavingWater/InYourGarden/LoveYourGarden/) session. For $33, a qualified horticulturalist comes and inspects your garden and gives you advice on its watering needs. Our horticulturalist (let’s call her Linda) arrived bang on time. She was very friendly and knowledgeable, and understood right away where we were coming from. I explained … [Read more…]