For the past year or so a lady has been setting up all her lights and camera gear out the front of my house and taking photos of my flowers in bloom. I never see her but my fiancé tells me about it. I have been encouraging her to go out and say hello and she finally did. I got these photos of my native front yard in bloom.
Our cherry tree out back is covered in aphids! This is awful, at this rate there won’t be a cherry tree left. If anyone has any tips for (preferably organic) aphid removal, let me know!
Be careful with the garlic spray though as it doesn’t discriminate between good and bad bugs :)
Plant bronze fennel or coriander near the effected plants. They are great for attracting ladybugs and with them in your garden the aphids don’t stand a chance. Each ladybug can eat upward of 50 aphids a day!
The globalisation of our food supply has unexpectedly destabilised the climate we need to grow our own food. Ecologists estimate that about 25-30% of our greenhouse gas emissions are the result of us not growing our own food. By replacing our own energy to dig, grow and harvest our own food with non-renewable fossil fuels, it has been estimated to account for almost 50% of the additional CO2 that is destabilising our climate. Fossil fuels are used to plough the ground, sow the seeds, spray the plants, harvest the crop and then ship, often thousands of miles to market.
To stabilise our climate requires us to cut emissions by 60% over the next 50 years. By growing our own food we would meet half this target immediately
Clive Blazey - The diggers club
I bought this Casuarina last year and it is filling in the space nicely. Liked it so much I bought another 2. My fiance tells me i need to plant in odd numbers and shes probably right, it does look better. Hopefully they will join up and cover the area. The casuarina is also know as the cousin it plant for obvious reasons. I prefer to call it grug which was the character in a series of books I had growing up.
We had a very long and hot summer this year and towards the end some of the less established plants really began to struggle. When the winter rains arrive, the plants that did survive seem to come back to life, Although the weather is miserable, I love to see my garden so luscious and healthy.
These echiums I planted near my fruit trees to help pollination. When they are flowering I think they bring just about every bee that’s in the neighbourhood.