Celebrating Three Years Of Drought

Planted in September 2004 the plants in our front garden were watered for six weeks to establish them. Apart from the hedge and two potted plants, the garden hasn’t been watered since.

A Blot On The Landscape

In many ways SE Qld is Australia’s garden centre, propagating and supplying landscapers and nurseries throughout SE Australia. Despite this, many good nursery businesses in this region are suffering during the drought. Lost custom and level 5 watering restrictions are putting reputable people out of work, and businesses are closing down. Imagine you’re a professional…

Environmental Heroes Honoured

From the Federal government’s Australian honours website: Name: CUNDALL, Peter Award: Member of the Order of Australia Date granted: 26 January 2007 State: Tas Suburb: Rosevears Citation: For service to the environment, particularly the protection of wilderness areas in Tasmania, and to horticulture as a presenter of gardening programs on television and radio.

A Short Reprieve

It’s been showering with rain for the last two days, our garden receiving 34.5mm, 25mm on Tuesday and 9.5mm yesterday. That’s 4,950 litres of water in our 21,000 litre tank – about a week to a week and a half’s worth of water for household use.

On The Brink

Another hot, windy, intensely sunny day in Brisbane. I’m getting used to watering whilst holding an umbrella because with low humidity and few clouds the UV is really extreme. The rainwater tank has about two days worth of water for household use left. We’re producing about 350 litres of recycled water a day, well short…

Reducing Water Use… Again

We need to make further water economies at home. On the bright side the rainwater tank is just over half full, so that’s enough water for three people for four weeks sparing household use, but if we do this none can be used for gardening. The sewage system provides about 330 – 350l of recycled…

Speech To Aussies Sustaining Australia

Good evening I acknowledge that this is aboriginal land and I hope that the gathering here can help to forward reconciliation by caring for this land as well as the aboriginal people did. I’m Jerry and my partner, Jeff, and I retrofitted an elderly queenslander so that it harvests solar energy and rainwater and recycles…

What A Difference A Day Makes

The vegetable garden is as drought-proof as it can be whilst still producing some food. In effect what follows is called water ‘demand management’ – limiting its use.

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.