In a timely newsletter, Aussie Bee tells of the new name for Trigona in Australia.
I don't think I've seen a more spellbound audience than the one on Sunday that stood in the drizzle and heat for nearly two hours, listening to Bob the Bee Man.
Tèarman Garden is Bob Luttrell's research facility and working museum where every pathway in the garden is edged with current and past…
Gardening in a rental property presents particular challenges. I'm fortunate to have three clearly defined garden beds in which I can do whatever I like. For the last couple of years I've mostly grown veges, but now I'm moving into the wonderful world of fruit growing as well. I've dedicated one of my garden beds to paw paw and citrus, two fruit trees that produce within a very short time frame. The rest of the yard is basically just lawn, so there are limits on what I can do. The landlord…Continue
Right now, a group of beverage industry giants led by Coca Cola are taking the Northern Territory Government to court for starting the territory’s first ever ‘Cash for Containers’ recycling scheme. If Coca Cola’s lawyers win the case, it could slam the brakes on state and federal leaders elsewhere in Australia starting similar schemes.
Greenpeace has a protest form here, only takes a moment to fill in.…Continue
The theory made sense so I experimented.
I used translucent milk containers for my greenhouse cover but the system seemed inefficient. There was evaporation and condensation but the roof of my dome was flat and I suspected that not all the…
Here are a few photos of my garden, taken today.
This is facing west. Possums are the number one garden pest in my area. The enclosure was built to keep them out, but it has the added benefit of keeping out cabbage white butterlies when I'm growing brassicas. Every year I try to grow something over the mesh in summer to provide some shade for my garden, but only once have the possums let me get away with that. It was a wonderful big new guinea bean that produced enormous amounts of…Continue
I am back into gardening again. My soil was old and horrible so rather than buy in some new soil, I spent HOURS digging out all my old soil (from 3, uneven beds) and used it to level out the slope I had in my vegie patch. I then decided to try a 'no dig' bed.
Step 1: dig out all the old soil (NOT no dig, but like I said, I needed to even the slope out). …Continue
For those of you who have something to do with IT systems design, this article I wrote a little while ago relates systems thinking to running a successful food garden. If you are an IT nerd, please read http://cityfoodgrowers.com.au/blog-latestposts.php?catid=51
The rain has long gone, even had to put the sprinklers on the veg patch last night. But the soil is nice & soft so I've cleared some beds, added well rotted horse manure & started planting seeds. More long beans, turnip & a lettuce patch- many diffrent sorts all together as they dont heart at this time of year & I will pick as for mesclun. In pots I have started more corn, 4 types of tomatoes, Thai Pink, Tigerella, large cherry & an unknown Giant Tree Tomato, the…Continue
Time to cut up non-producing plants to replenish the beds and do some propagation after all the rain. The temperature is much more comfortable though steamy, perfect for plant propagation.
I've planted up a heap of my first lot of Cardoon seed, some strawberry runners (for Joseph), red salvia removed from places I didn't want…Continue