We came back from the 2022 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show recently buzzing with design inspiration, and a case of COVID! With over 103,000 people in attendance at this year's show, the first in three years due to the pandemic, it was perhaps no surprise that both Ludovic and myself came down with COVID-19 upon our return to Tasmania. We are both feeling much better now. However, we spent the best part of April catching up with work that we could not get done w
Do I need to convince you that Tasmanian native plants not only look good, but many of them taste great as well? Well do not just take my word: Trust the Feisty Tasmanian! We took a little road trip not too long ago to Tasmania's northern coast to visit Murnong, the garden of Rees and Col Campbell in Wynyard. This is not just any suburban garden. It is chockful of edible native plants from Tasmania. Rees is also known as 'The Feisty Tasmanian' and she shares a passion for edi
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