Category Archives: Around the farm…

Bees and lavender

Bees love lavender, and because French lavender* flowers during winter, it provides them with nourishment when there is little else in flower. Lavender is known for its calming effect on people and it has the same effect on bees. A … Continue reading

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Flies around fruit bowl

Column 8 in today’s Sydney Morning Herald stated that Sydneysiders’ kitchens have been infested by fruit flies, stating that, “They emerge from fruit and hang around all summer”. The flies referred to are not fruit flies, they are the very … Continue reading

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Koalas – help please

IFAW has been astonished by the most generous response to their call for koala mittens and now have more than sufficient for current needs. If you would still like to help injured animals, they are in need of pouches for … Continue reading

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Bees welcome

 Although we do not use pesticides, in recent years we have noticed fewer bees in our garden. In response we have set up a hive under a white mulberry tree, and added a ‘bee garden’ in a corner of our … Continue reading

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False spring

Chilly days and nights after a brief period of perfect gardening weather occur every year in many parts of Australia. Australia is the only place where spring is said to start on the first day of September. Everywhere else, spring … Continue reading

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Green energy

Many gardeners not only love their gardens, they care about the environment and are interested in green energy. This Green Electricity Guide, produced by Greenpeace, contains excellent information on how ‘green’ your power supply company really is, and I thought … Continue reading

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Microbats

This odd little character often hangs out on our front verandah. He is one of the many species of microbat found in Australia and is 6 cm long when he is all tucked up and asleep. The reason he is … Continue reading

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Windy weather update

Predictions are for more cold, windy weather on the way. Keep a close watch on your garden as wind can dry out soils faster than summer heat, resulting in cell collapse of soft tissue plants. To discover why this happens … Continue reading

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Animal cruelty laws

I was very concerned this morning to read that under the newly proposed Australian ‘ag-gag’ laws, so called ‘agri-terrorists’ could be punished more harshly than those who commit the violence on animals. Big corporate farming interests want to do everything … Continue reading

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Jeans recall alert

Jeans are very popular gardening and fashion attire for both adults and children, and I thought I would share this important news item with you. This morning, ABC News reported that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recalled … Continue reading

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