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…

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

The greenhouse, was added to the north facing facade of our home to bring warmth to the living areas, the study and front bedroom. It does this beautifully and has alleviated the need to have a heater in our bedroom…

Brick fence

Brick fence

A brick fence/wall, especially a high one, can be great at helping you create a warm microclimate for subtropical plants and can wind protect them too. However in our case our low brick fence was reducing our productive space as…