Winter Cycle

Winter Cycle

I’m letting all the summer tomato plants rot in the garden. Why take them out? I want all the organic matter to remain, to decompose so that I can dig it into the spring soil. In spring lots of tomato…

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

There is so much work being done. My motivation levels continue to be high. My energy levels rise and then fall. This is a brilliant time of the year, summer is so bountiful I want to make the most of…

list

list

There is a list and sketches on a drawing we made. A drawing of our land and our dreams. Pigs on the south paddocks. Native wind breaks to the west, south and east. Establish a wetland and create habitat around…

Design Garden

Design Garden

I have been thinking about our garden design for months. I studied Horticulture at Burnley and completed three wonderful subjects which opened my mind to a broader variety of plants. For a long time Indigenous plants had been my biggest…

garden & kitchen tools

garden & kitchen tools

At the Lost Trades fair in Kyneton, Victoria, artisans and craftswomen and men are once again celebrated. And you could see from the hundreds and hundreds of people there how much communities crave the slow, the heartfelt, personal, intimate and…

Rain garden missing

Rain garden missing

One of the projects we did not foresee the need for when we first moved into our home was a rain garden project.  Back in 2003 we were thinking about fruit trees, raised vegetable beds, deciduous vines, native trees, solar…

Grape Vine Crunch

Grape Vine Crunch

The leaves have all dropped. The path is decorated with their crunch and winter light now falls gently in. After 10 years of growth, the grape vine on the west side of our home is abundant and verdant in summer….

Wicked is a good word for a garden bed

Wicked is a good word for a garden bed

On returning home from work I sometimes felt a deep despair…the garden beds, even when heavily mulched,  struggled in the heat. I would come home to dry soil and wilting plants. Even with an automatic watering system moisture loss was…

winter, why think of summer!

winter, why think of summer!

I have learned that I must be prepared for summer early. I grow most of my crops in the summer months, I purchase bags of seed raising mixture, and packets of seeds, I sow and sow in punnets, and transfer…

Urban Greening

Urban Greening

The backyard was pretty bare when we came to inspect the house. Grass and a few Camellias…..we planted Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) and other species which I need to go back and identify….thanks to this fast growing tree, which is now 11…