Rust to revitalized: insights from a compost bin!

Feeling rusty? Here is a story about an unexpected revitalization, with a twist!   Some years ago we bought a rotating compost bin and put it together. It rotates around the middle, end over end – and makes great compost.   It did great service for many years until the angle pipe joining the frame at… Read More

How is the Personal Garden which is your life?

Your health – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual All the people in your life – how you are treated and how you treat others What you do – the work [paid or unpaid], recreation, hobbies, all activities How you do it The energy of money flowing in and out The places you live, work and play   What sort of Personal Garden do… Read More

The story of the little lettuce that “could”

In early spring I picked seed-heads from last years lettuce crop and scattered the mixed seeds throughout the garden. They grew and grew.  We have eaten wonderful salads from these lettuces for weeks  – red and green, many varieties – frilly, oak-leaf, etc. All this time some small green oak-leaf type lettuces seemed insignificant, less appealing, left behind.… Read More

Which eyes do we see through?

Vibrant ‘bright lights’ silver-beets and lettuce are stretching upwards to flower and seed. Which eyes do I see this through? The immediate needs of my ‘foodie’ self who wants leaves to eat and these are now past their best so rip them out? Or the eyes of the long-term food gardener wanting seeds to plant… Read More

Gorgeous rainbow light beets

We love this type of silver-beet! Rainbow lights [or chard] are gorgeous, vibrant, shining plants in the garden – a real joy to look at. They also provide homes for predators of pests. Check carefully when picking leaves as there may be preying mantis sheltering under the leaf. Gently encourage it to move nearby to continue its… Read More

Our first new bed in a new home – so happy!

It may be on a clay base – we can convert it to productive beds anyway. Lots of gypsum, compost, and potting mix. Set up a frame for a bird-netting cage to protect new seeds and seedlings from birds and cats [we don’t have either but they sure come visiting from the neighbourhood]. Plant seeds… Read More