The Autumn Cleanse and Rebuild

There comes a time when you really have to sit down, analyse your priorities, face realities and make hard decisions. The reality is that size 8 is a looooong way behind me, I have too many old clothes and not enough storage to cope. They have to go. And the same kind of logic must […]

Tiger worm farming: Photos of our new worm palace

It’s been a fine autumn weekend for odd jobs around the home and garden. While I’ve been trying to play tetris jamming boxes and life’s detritus in cupboards and shelves, darling husband has been formalising new accommodation arrangements for our thousands of willing workers organically ruminating making soil–WORMS for short. Tiger worms, in fact. And because they do […]

Simple soil building for free: Autumn leaves make the best soil

The best soil comes from composted leaves.  It’s a process that’s been perfected by nature over millenia, so who are we to mess with it? Leaves from deciduous trees fall in autumn, they spend winter breaking down and by spring are the perfect organic additive for your garden. Simply rake them up and make a […]

The Fragility of Food Supply

There are early predictions more than 90 per cent of Australia’s banana crop was wiped out as Cyclone Yasi hit ‘Banana Central’ – a narrow coastal strip  centred around Innisfail, Tully and Cardwell, North Queensland. 85 per cent of Australia’s bananas are grown here. “With industry worth AUS$400 million, a total of 75 per cent […]