“We must start to see waste as a resource” ~ Ben Bradshaw One of my favourite places to escape online is to Terrain. I needed a trellis for the centre of my middle raised bed. The one I found on Terrain was rustic and perfect for my needs. At $78 dollars, it wasn’t cheap, but [...]
“I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face” ~ Katherine Mansfield In 1986, my extended family was camped on Goodwyn Island, one of the many deserted islands in the Dampier Archipelago. After dinner, we watched a spectacular lightning show on the horizon, which my Grandpa confidently dismissed as “Paraburdoo” storms, predicting they were [...]
“If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?” Steve Wright. I was in the kitchen whizzing up a batch of worm breakfast when I heard the news. “…and those in Perth are up for a new summer record! 7 days of over 38 degrees. It’s going to be the hottest week since 1965. [...]
Every 9 months or so our local council has a kerb collection. For those of you not familiar with this practice, it’s the opportunity for every house in the street to bring out all our un-wanted, un-donateable, un-sellable crap and park it on our front verges. It is then collected by tag teams of bobcats [...]
I love a good thunderstorm. It’s nature’s hissy fit. Spectacular! The vegie patch loves a good thunderstorm too. The lightning in a thunderstorm breaks down nitrogen molecules in the air and mixes with oxygen, forming soluble nitrogen oxides. This nitrate rich rain then falls happily to the waiting soil of your garden. Ta da! Thunderstorm fertilizer. [...]
As a kid, I grew up in a mining town called Karratha. It never rained (with the exception of the odd tropical cyclone or two a season) and it was always scorching hot. The soil was compacted red dust, that set as hard as concrete, but turned into a lovely red slippery mud when wet. [...]
A few months ago, the kids and I spent a lovely afternoon making origami newspaper pots for our strawberry seedlings. The idea is, when using newspaper, we can plant the seedlings directly into the soil without disturbing the roots and the pot will decompose naturally into the soil. We filled the pots with a mix [...]
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