Snake Beans

One of my newer garden additions thanks to a kind online friend who shared many of her seeds with me,  is red snake beans. Snake beans (Vigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis) are native to East and South-East Asia making them ideal tropical and subtropical plants.  Whilst they can grow year round in my subtropical garden, the…

Turtle Vine

Turtle Vine (Callisia repens) which is also known as creeping inchplant is a creeping succulent that originated in Central and South America. Turtle Vine is a low ground cover plant with deep green leaves on top and deep purple on the underside. Like most succulents it can change colour based on environmental stresses (water content,…

9 Zero Waste Organic Processing Techniques

One of the permaculture principles centres around the idea of producing no waste,Β or alternately,Β  finding uses for waste byproducts.Β  Overall it makes sense both environmentally and financially to try and process your own waste into something usuable. Under that idea I’m going to highlight the pros and cons of each style of handling organic waste…

8 Heatwave Gardening Tips

As I write this we have just barely entered summer and yet many places around Australia are already sweltering in >30Β°C heatwaves. Such extreme heat fluctuations can really cause havoc on a garden but there are a few ways to minimise the damage and help your garden thrive. 1. Mulch Mulch is undoubtedly the single…

Curl Grubs

I’ve no doubt most gardeners have encountered these guys in their garden before. Most garden groups will suggest you throw them to the chickens as they eat roots and can kill your crops, but honestly I have a different tactic. Description These grubs generally are from the Scarabaeidae family which consists of some 30,000 species…

Fruit Piercing Moth

If you live in South East QLD and have a citrus tree you may have noticed recently the fruit is dropping just short of ripening. If not, I implore you to keep reading regardless so you can take measures to protect yourself from the incoming invasion. As we leave the drought behind us, things are…