Restoring Native Wildlife
Did you know that in the last 200 years western Sydney has lost 20% of its native animal species? In the same period it has lost only two of its native plant species representing only 0.1% of its diversity. Fauna ecosystem services are vital to bushland health but our native…
Composting transforms your kitchen scraps into a beautiful fertiliser and mulch for your garden. In an ideal world you would turn the compost to get enough oxygen to complete the transformation. However the following system creates beautiful compost without the arduous and smelly job of turning the heap. In a…
Are You Sharing Your Garden with a Funnel-web Spider?
It is a bit disconcerting for a Kiwi, who grew up in New Zealand with no poisonous spiders apart from the very rare Katipo, to be now living in the bush side by side with one of the most venomous spiders in the world. We recently found a male Funnel-web…
Brush-turkeys are becoming a part of the suburban landscape in many areas of Sydney, maybe due to the success of the fox baiting program. These cheeky megapodes with the distinctive red head, and blue-black plumage and bright yellow throat wattle in mature males, can wreck havoc in a carefully manicured…
Overcoming Light Limitations
Perhaps there is a shady place in your house or garden where you would like to grow plants. Here are some tips to create brightness and increase warmth in a shady area like a courtyard or side path.
Spring Planting of Dwarf (Grafted) Fruit Trees
I know that taking the time to plant your trees correctly is insurance that their optimum health and productivity is obtained. After deciding on the best planting site my next step is to find out each fruit tree’s particular needs to ensure compatibility. Considerations include; sunlight hours for fruit set, minimum space requirements, wind tolerance, soil type and water needs.
Fruit Tree Decisions
When deciding on what fruit trees and where and how you will plant and harvest them consider these points. Many fruit trees can grow very large and their roots can travel upto 3 – 5 times the height of the tree seeking water and nutrients and become damaged if you dig around them.
Feed Your Soil
I recently attended an advanced soil workshop organised by Lane Cove Council. Led by the very knowledgeable Peter Rutherford, senior Ecologist, Kimbriki Eco House & Garden and his lovely wife Alison, the overall message was summed up with a quote;
“The plant always eats at the second sitting; the plant only gets what the microbes give it. Feed the soil, not the plants!”
On the north shore of Sydney we love the bush. But growing a garden even a native one can be a challenge. Competition is intense from the wallabies, bandicoots, rabbits, rats, eastern water dragons, brush turkeys and cockatoos to name a few.
Coffee and Firelight
Having recently moved to my new home in the leafy, bush suburb of Berowra, NSW I acquired a very efficient wood burning heater and purchased a new coffee machine both provide me with recycling waste. Apart from the sheer pleasure of enjoying the brew and the firelight what is left from this activity is grounds and ash. Both of these products can be used effectively into assisting you to build up the health of your garden soil.