Category Archives: wildlife

May Garden Guide

So much for the dry start to autumn – I think we’ve caught up with our rain allocation! What a lovely time for planting, with the soil still warm enough for strong growth too. There are a lot of bugs … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, chooks, compost, Food, hanging out in the garden, maintenance, pests, planting, vegetables, vertical gardens, wildlife

February Garden Guide

Just when you think you’re coming out the other side of the abundance of summer (and after a week away from it all), you take another look around and find that there’s still so much happening in the garden!

Posted in Food, hanging out in the garden, maintenance, permaculture principles, planning, planting, propagating, pruning, seedlings, seeds, summer, sustainable food, vegetables, wildlife

Before the heat hits…

Task list to prepare gardens for next week’s heatwave… Harvest any nearly-ripe fruit and veg to reduce the load on the trees and plants and to catch it before it gets sunburnt. Make jam, chutney, relish, dried fruit, preserved fruit. … Continue reading

Posted in hanging out in the garden, heatwaves, resilient gardening, summer, water, wildlife

Bugs in the garden getting you down?

Sophie Thomson’s witty, warm and wise approach brought some organic balance to the subject when she spoke to home gardeners at the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide this week. The basic principle we need to understand, she explained, is whether a … Continue reading

Posted in pests, soil, vegetables, wildlife

Gardening day at home :)

Much to my embarrassment, my own garden has been very neglected lately while I play and dream in other people’s gardens! So today was a catch-up day around here, and what fun it was. We made a real dent in … Continue reading

Posted in hanging out in the garden, soil, spring, weeds, wildlife

Planting Australian native plants

Last weekend at Belair National Park was a great event called “Grey Box Day” – a national park open day and native plant sale aimed at restoring and maintaining grey box grassy woodland, the once typical but now endangered bushland … Continue reading

Posted in native plants, planting, wildlife, winter

In the night garden

A golden orb spider waits in its freshly woven web for dinner to come along… Bok choy seedlings stretch upwards…

Posted in children, fruit, hanging out in the garden, vegetables, wildlife

The power of one small frog

There’s a cheering sound that greets us through the open windows these days… the gentle ‘aark, aark’ of a little spotted marsh frog (or two?) in a tiny, rocky pond nestled amongst fruit trees, native plants and herbs. It lifts … Continue reading

Posted in water, wildlife