A tour of the Wollongong PCYC permaculture community garden – very heavy on photos and detailed explanations.
A tour around the Kiama Primary School permaculture garden, with lots of photos.
Tender or delicate plants in the garden can be protected from chickens and other animals by simply placing an old birdcage over the top. It’s simple, free, and actually looks pretty nice!
We have a real problem here with wild birds eating our seedlings. They love broccoli, lettuce, beans, beetroot, silverbeet, corn – they even pulled out some of our onions and garlic! Don’t get me wrong, I love the birds – satin bowerbirds and purple swamphens are the main offenders – I just wish they’d leave our … [Read more…]
We went to the Dapto Markets on Sunday morning to try to buy a few things we need around the yard. What an awesome place! The markets are a great place to buy second hand clothes, toys, tools, etc for very good prices. Or if you’ve accumulated a whole bunch of that sort of stuff … [Read more…]
A few weeks ago I attended another Sustainable Illawarra workshop – “Starting a Backyard Veggie Patch” at Jamberoo Primary School. Megan then attended the repeat of the workshop a week later. It was great that we were both able to do effectively the same workshop without need to organise child care! The workshop was delivered … [Read more…]
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…]
Soil blockers are a great way to start seeds for your garden, but some of the soil blocker recipes you’ll find around the web aren’t exactly sustainable – including things like peat moss and artificial nutrients. I’ve tried to take the general ideas from other recipes, and make a more environmentally-friendly soil blocker recipe mix. … [Read more…]
A couple of years ago I bought a soil blocker with some birthday money. Incidentally, it was way cheaper to get it sent from the US than to buy it in Australia – something like 40% cheaper for exactly the same product made by the same manufacturer. It seems the manufacturer or distributor is not very … [Read more…]
Lunar planting, or lunar gardening, does not involve nude gardening at night by the light of the moon! It is all about timing your gardening activities to coincide with certain phases of the moon. Here’s an example of how much difference some people claim lunar planting can make to your gardening success. I’ve read various … [Read more…]