Posts Tagged ‘garden’

grow and create

Between vectoring images and designing corporate identities, my brain is in danger of exploding from excess uni work. So, Dude Craft is helping me relax.

Check out these amazing things.


Learn to make a coiled basked with Jon’s Bushcraft Site


Live like a hobbit, with Simon Dale.

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hot lemons


Did you hear? Yesterday, Melbourne was hot. HOW HOT? It was 46.7 degrees Celcius, hottest day on record. That’s 116 Fahrenheit. All these lemons fell off the tree today, poor stressed tree. The house smells like cooked lemon now. But the house didn’t burn down, because I live in the city. So I’m not complaining, really.


Poor baking garden.

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wireless plants

wireless plants

I can haz twitter from my pot plants? Way to combine happy things.

Ever wonder if you’ve watered your plants enough, or too much? Well, it’ll tell you.  I love creative nerds.

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The start of Spring is a pretty exciting moment, for me (and, I imagine, for most Melbourne-ites who are sick of grey and wearing neutrals).  I can’t wait to get out in the sun and get tanned.  What’s the point of this Spanish heritage if I can’t be wonderfully brown? And singlets – so good for showing off the circus muscles.  And! All my tattoos are below shirt and trouser lines!! So I can get ’em out! Everybody wins!

Everybody except for (dramatic music) the plants.  We put in lots o’ seedlings at A’s place, and on Friday, one of the first days over 20 degrees in ever so long, we came home and boy, did they look sad.  They were wilted.  They were slug munched.  They were buried by cats and birds kicking around the mulch.  So we went to town with the new soil wetting fertiliser brought out by seasol, and then I made some plant guards.  It’s a good recycling project, too.  DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW?

We had heaps of empty seedling pots that I chose to use, but you can use any suitable size container.  Yoghurt tubs, plastic bottles, whatever! My mum used recycled plastic cups after a staff function.

pile o' pots

The long punnets weren’t so great, but the tubes and square containers are just the size to start with.  The six inch pots are good for the bigger babies, like the more established tomatoes.


cut a slit down the side of the pot, and cut the bottom off.  The slit down the side is for removing the guard when the plant gets big enough.

happy spinach.

Then! Whack your brand spanking new plant guard around your beautiful babies. Wiggle them down a bit into the soil and readjust the mulch.  The benefits of this: You’ll know exactly where your plants are; the critters won’t kick mulch over them so you lose them and they die, forgotten and alone; you can water them specifically into the pots (although you need to be careful to make sure that it does get water); AND the slugs and bugs and earwigs will find it harder to get to them, and hopefully they will make it out of baby-hood into big, hardy, swarthy food producers.  Or flower producers.  Whatever floats your boat.

pots, pots, pots.

If you don’t have enough tubes and tubs, and you live in Melbourne, head to CERES.  The nursery there has a bin where people drop off pots and sundry. and the little ones rarely get taken.  This is our swag, and I barely scratched the surface.  While you’re there, you can get a truckload of organic seedlings and dream of deliciousity.  Hooray for gardens!

little bastards

Now all I need to do is win against the aphids.

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Someone once asked me why I became a teacher, because it was clear that I liked plants more than children. And I have to say, in hindsight, what a persuasive point they made. I *love* plants. I love gardening. I read garden books and I go to nurseries and I run my fingers across the seed packets and dream. We don’t have a garden per se at my house – we have a big patch of grass with an olive tree, we have a small bed that gets no light, ever, and we have a bunch of pots that bake whenever the sun hits the concrete. But I lust for gardens

I also love subversiveness, and things that are different. Had I mentioned that?

If I didn’t live in a rental, I’d have a green roof.

Growing Green Roof, originally uploaded by Crikit.

The green roof system reduces heating and cooling loads on buildings, decreases the ‘urban heat island effect’ (i read somewhere that on a 25 degree day, the average roof can get to 60 or 70 degrees), reduce stormwater runoff and filter rainwater, clean pollutants and CO2 out of the air and increase wildlife habitat areas. Not to mention basics like increasing garden space and the lifespan of your roof, and looking DURN ATTRACTIVE while it does it. And wacky!

Apparently people in my council grow watermelons and pumpkins on their rooves.

You can do it in the city… (that’s Manhattan, right there)

Green City, originally uploaded by alykat.

Or in the country.

July 17 – 30, 2003, originally uploaded by dylanindustries.

If I lived in that house, people would mistake me for a hobbit. Because really, I’m not that far from it. Short, stocky, uncontrollable brown curls, impressive toe hair… all I’d need was a wizard.

There was a conference on Green Roofs (rooves?) in Brisbane last month. If only I could time travel. Meanwhile, I will read the Melbourne based green roof blog and dream. Meanwhile, armed with seed bombs (some instructions here), I can just indulge in a little guerilla gardening. Or maybe just create some moss graffiti (instructions included, or on Craft:)

(from G Living)

Oh, green.

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