What does an old tank and a recycled fence have to do with growing your own food? A lot! If you are interested in doing more with less and saving water that is. We spent the recent Recreation Day long weekend making several wicking beds for one of our favourite 'clients', Aunty Trish. Trish is renting her home but wanted to get more our of her garden. So we designed a plan featuring containerised plants that could be transported if and when Trish has to move out of that home.
Do not worry, this is Gabrielle's (not Pandora's) box. If you are interested in growing your own vegies, then you may want to take a peek inside. By now, most of you have probably cottoned on that this is indeed a box for storing seed. Until recently, I have been storing our seeds in an old food safe in a cool, dry place in the house. This arrangement has worked quite well until now, with the seeds seemingly remaining viable. However, it was getting a little messy in this saf
We recently built a mini greenhouse to fit on our balcony so that we could get a head start on our summer seedlings. Every construction or woodwork project can be thought of as an architectural project, no matter how big or small. I like to use SketchUp to plan my project. SketchUp is a 3D modeling computer program for drawing applications including architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. I can draw
How does the heat pad we use to germinate seed also help us to make the most beautiful homemade bread? This is a story all about bread, yet it starts with a device associated with gardeners, not bread-makers. Yes, the humble heat pad. This is an essential item in our home for germinating seed, especially when we try to get a head start on summer crops like tomatoes. And without it, I just would not be able to make bread. Any bread maker who lives in a cold house needs a heat
We have been in a process of reinvigoration recently. Find out how we are seeking to sustain our business and our planet too. Developing ourselves professionally Firstly, Ludovic has been quietly working behind the scenes to have his building design skills recognised here in Australia. He successfully completed the Diploma of Building Design and is now a Registered Building Designer in Tasmania. Well done Ludovic! To continue his professional development, Ludovic recently joi
I always listened to my teachers at school. However, I would be lying if I said that I followed their words exactly. Take for example, one of our latest garden designs in the northern suburbs of Melbourne where I put a slightly different twist on a 'woody meadow'. The 'woody meadow' is a local Australian take on the prairie meadow of the New Perennial movement. Think Piet Oudolf. No annuals here please! Instead, the woody meadow is a low-input naturalistic planting design su