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…

Chicken House Garden Cupboard

Chicken House Garden Cupboard

I hoped for a garden cupboard,  I hoped to be able to walk up, see clearly what’s on offer, grab and walk away, so I asked Ralf if he could build us a garden cupboard which could double as a chicken house….