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

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

Our best raised beds

Our best raised beds were easy to construct, are easy to garden in, and are weed free. The plants grew really well and vegies were ready early, with good size and taste. The bases have wooden slat frames with overlapping joints, and were a bit over 2m×1m in size. Each bed was quick to put… Read More