Category: Urban backyard garden Melbourne

The experimental urban garden Melbourne

Honey Bees

We call it BlueBee Honey… And despite what you might think, urban bee keeping is relatively easy. I suppose we cheated a bit because we’ve bought our hive nucleus ready made each time we have started a hive. This means we get a box with a colony in it and a healthy queen, honey and brood […]

Organic farming

  Most vegetables and fruits that you buy in the super market, the market or even warung and restaurants have been sprayed with chemicals that are not good for eating unless they are cleaned very thoroughly. Even when we wash our food before preparing…

Quailing

A quail of a time in the garden… they get to see everything and when you move closer to them they get excited and start dancing and jumping around… they want one thing – worms! We have quails because they lay lots of little…

Kombucha

   Fabulous Kombucha. This is a pro-biotic health drink that we ‘grow’. It is a culture much like yogurt is a culture. Its been around for a long time and seems to go in and out of vogue. A friend of ours used to make…

Yabbies & fish

The silver perch is a medium-sized freshwater fish of the family Terapontidae endemic to the Murray-Darling river system in south-eastern Australia. Wikipedia Scientific name: Bidyanus bidyanus Rank: Species Phylum: Chordata Higher classification: Bidyanus Order: Perciformes Found in: Somerset Dam, Lake Awoonga, Hinze Dam We have 50 silver’s growing in a 1000 litre IBC…

Worm Farming like Darwin

Charles Darwin, best known for the theory of evolution spent a significant part of his career studying earth worms. This was his last scientific publication before his death. What was he on to?               Using food grade 44…

A Herb Spiral

The idea of a herb spiral is two-fold. first it creates good drainage whereby it has a flow down affect when watering from the top of the spiral. Second it has more and less sheltered areas depending on the sun’s movements so more or…

Recycled materials

Using recycled materials is fun… creative… ethical… inexpensive… and can be very functional. Sources: hard rubbish, work site skips, tip shop, gumtree, excess unused project materials. The timbers used to make this quail roosting enclosure are all old hardwood cladding boards from a house…

Herbs and spices

Bees are the inspiration behind choosing most of our herbs in Melbourne… Lavender, basil, sage, and edible flowers like calendula and marigolds. We do use them in cooking and only just realised recently that most of the flowers we have are edible and good for…

Honey Bees

We call it BlueBee Honey… And despite what you might think, urban bee keeping is relatively easy. I suppose we cheated a bit because we’ve bought our hive nucleus ready made each time we have started a hive. This means we get a box with…

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