Plant Profile  – Native Violet – Viola banksii

Also known as: Viola hederacea (Not the same plant, as explained later) Australian Violet Growing conditions: Shade/part shade (some sources advocate full sun, but this plant has not survived in full sun in my garden) Tolerant of most soils but prefers moist site Will tolerate boggy sites Will tolerate light foot traffic Tolerant of lightContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Violet – Viola banksii”

Plants Profile – Perennial Basil

Also known as: African Blue Basil Ocimum killmanscharicum x basilicum Dark Opal Basil Growing conditions: Tolerant of most soils but prefers well-drained soil Grows up to 1.2metres tall and wide Will tolerate some shade Can be grown indoors in a brightly lit position Suitable for garden beds, rockeries and pots Needs protection from frost PerennialContinue reading “Plants Profile – Perennial Basil”

It Starts with a Trickle

Living Upstream and Downstream in a Global Community When you think about it, every revolution in human history started with a trickle, a small group of humans pushing for change. As the trickle moved downstream it gathered volume and momentum, followers, and the push for change intensified until it became a flood that the mostContinue reading “It Starts with a Trickle”

Plant Profile  – Native Mulberry – Pipturus argenteus

This plant is a biodiversity hub in my garden.  A few moments of close observation on any given day reveals species galore. From the Eastern Sedge Frog family to Rainbow Lorikeets to countless insects, I am never disappointed. My children are also regularly drawn to the tree to gather and gobble the tiny sweet fruitsContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Mulberry – Pipturus argenteus”

Backyard Biodiversity Tip Three – Leave some of the Wild

With the dire warnings of an insect apocalypse and the potential impact on the food chain, encouraging creepy crawlies has never been so relevant. My garden purposely embraces the wild, but the messiness drives my partner crazy. Over time and with compromise I have managed to convince him of the importance of garden debris forContinue reading “Backyard Biodiversity Tip Three – Leave some of the Wild”

Italian Flatbread with Thyme, Parmesan and Garlic

It takes me two and a half hours to get this recipe on the table. The smell around the house during cooking is magical.  The bread lasts for up to a week in an airtight container if it doesn’t get eaten! This recipe is also available on YouTube. Ingredients: 2 x 7g packets of driedContinue reading “Italian Flatbread with Thyme, Parmesan and Garlic”

Plant Profile – Aloe Vera

Also known as Aloe barbadensis miller Aloe Barbados Aloe Growing conditions: Full Sun/Part shade/Bright shade Succulent Well-drained soil/sandy loam Suitable for pots/indoor pots/garden beds/rockeries Propagation: Propagation is easiest by separating pups from a “mother” plant. Demonstration available on my YouTube channel Click here to watch When I think of Aloe Vera,  I think of sunburn.  IContinue reading “Plant Profile – Aloe Vera”

Backyard Biodiversity Tip Two – Habitat

Hello and welcome to my garden. This beauty isn’t a dead tree, it’s a sustainable, slow-built, high-rise apartment building for wildlife. In this tree we have observed countless birds, including endangered species, mammals including possums and gliders, reptiles like tree snakes and bearded dragons and various insects and arachnids. Many people have suggested that weContinue reading “Backyard Biodiversity Tip Two – Habitat”

Plant Profile – Lebanese Cucumber

My first cucumber harvest! Also known as: Cucumis sativus Growing conditions: Sun/Part shade Fertile, well drained soil Sow 40cm apart Propagation: Seeds Tropics/subtropics plant year round Temperate and cold climates plant after the last frost My daughter is a fussy eater. It’s probably karma. I know my own mother had many frustrating evenings trying toContinue reading “Plant Profile – Lebanese Cucumber”