Upper North Shore Sydney Australia
Antechinus (c) Peter Ridgeway

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 Counts

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…

sydney funnel web

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…

male brush turkey on mound


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…


Bush Garden

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.


A hardy dwarf spreading evergreen shrub. Early to mid-summer bears clusters of mauve flowers. Originated from the Mediterranean region.

sweet basil

Basil aka Common Basil or Sweet Basil

A half-hardy annual with glossy green aromatic leaves. In late-summer plants bear white flowers which can be nipped out to encourage the leaves to grow. Plant originated in India where it is a perennial but in cooler countries it is treated as an annual.


Smoked Salmon Wraps with Finger Limes

Smoked Salmon Wraps with Finger Limes Smoked Salmon Cucumber Capers Finger Limes   Method Finely shred cucumbers, lay salmon slices out. Place cucumber, finely sliced capers and finger lime pulp on salmon and wrap.  

Flower Diagram

Seed Saving

For the home gardener your seeds are a precious resource and they can save you a lot of money. If you have access to a local seed bank then you can get access to seeds that do well in your local area. Your local permaculture group will often have a…


Rosemary and Basil Navy Bean Dip

1 cup of fresh navy beans or 1 cup of dried navy beans, soaked overnight in plenty of cold water 3 tblsp olive oil 3 cloves of garlic, very finely chopped 1 tsp chopped rosemary 1 tsp chopped basil Juice of one lemon or lime Black pepper and salt Method…