Working With Winners

Who would have thought that Auntie’s long-running, bargain-basement gardening show would outlive and outperform the ‘Burke’s Backyard’ tv show and thrive as the ‘Sydney in Bloom’ expo folded? Drought has so far claimed over 11,000 jobs in horticulture in NSW alone. A water state of emergency has been declared in SE Qld. Petrol prices and…

Oil, Rust, Heat And Global Crises

Four days ago (the 8.8.06) British Petroleum closed Prudhoe Bay, the largest oilfield in the USA. BP’s public relations claim that this was due to ‘corroding pipelines’. No one gets nervous when you hear about a bit – or even a lot – of rust. But is it true or hype? The arctic tundra is…

Extraordinary Gardeners

Recently ‘Gardening Australia’ screened a segment filmed at Denise and Henk Horchner’s water-wise subtropical cottage garden. You can see that we get on well…they have a great sense of humour and I LOVE old-fashioned gardens and I LOVE discovering plants that I’ve never seen before. The Viola dissecta mentioned is only the second specimen I’ve…

In Production Today

We currently have 43 crops in production in our 400 square metre back garden. SE Queensland’s dams are around 70% empty, but we’ve got just enough recycled water to scrape by. Due to this I’m not using any town water as yet, thanks to the few showers of rain that fell over the past few…

Losing It In The Park

I’ve never before ‘lost it’ at a National Tree Day event. But today I did a number just before a few pupils from Lota State School turned up at Melaleuca Park, Clifton Street, Manly West.

Poisoned Food And Poisoned Soil

Found this at ABC News Online Last Update: Tuesday, August 1, 2006. 8:00am (AEST). Police investigate crop contamination Police have set up a major incident room in Bowen in north Queensland to investigate the poisoning of fruit and vegetable crops worth up to $1 million. Investigators believe chemicals used by a contractor were somehow contaminated,…