Animal Visits For Kids

August 31, 2010

Creatures from all over Canberra are flocking from far and wide to see for themselves the environmentally friendly home and gardens at Nick’s former home once known as Canberra’s Sustainable House.

Take the beautiful local Canine, Leo for example. He was drawn immediately to the feature concrete floors of Canberra’s Sustainable House. “I just couldn’t resist” said Leo, a beautiful Husky dog from Canberra’s Inner North. “Why are new houses that use heaps of extra energy being built when there is a home like this one that uses none!! And it is way comfy?……..I just had to dash in and feel the luxurious warmth of Canberra’s Sustainable House while I had the chance”.

Fortunately for Leo (pictured here) former sustainable house Nick and visiting environmental glass guru, Dale were on hand to calmly guide young Leo to a comfortable spot on the verandah. Leo enjoyed the spectacular views across the productive kitchen garden and into the yellow box woodlands beyond, sipping serenely from a bucket of sweet, cool, rainwater. “The kitchen garden has been such an inspiration”, commented Leo, “I couldn’t just sit here gaining inspiration without getting ‘paws on’, so I broke open a few bales of hay and did some mulching – bloom’in marvelous this garden is!!!”.

And it is not only the Canines, renowned for their intelligence that have made a bee line for Canberra’s Sustainable House. An outgoing flock of Noisy Miners are the latest incomers, having taken up a roost in the Bay Tree near the verandah. The sustainable gardens at Canberra’s Sustainable House are also well known for their resident frogs and reptiles. A Shingleback couple overwinters each year in the kitchen garden at Canberra’s Sustainable House. The rapidly warming days will soon draw these amazing creatures out of their winter slumber. And we can hardly wait………

A Winter Kitchen Garden

August 19, 2010

The longer days and fantastic winter rains are transforming the kitchen garden at Canberra’s Sustainable House. The onions and garlic are working hard at developing tasty underground treats, bulbs in the case of the onions, corms in garlic.

The flower buds on the peaches are swelling and blushing pink, a key time to step in with some organic fungal treatments to avoid curly leaf disease and more to boot. I didn’t stop with the stone fruit, as plants such as Pomegranate can also succumb to curly leaf. The secret mix I use is also highly effective at reducing key bacterial infections in nashi pears too. And wouldn’t it be nice to get another bumper crop of those!!!

With the turnip supply almost eaten, not the resident rabbit the heirloom Broccoli has decided to step up to the plate, quite literally. It now threatens to overwhelm me. Such are the cycles in this loved and over producing kitchen garden. Have a good hard look at the broccoli I photographed last weekend – fabulous stuff, so sweet you can eat it raw.

The coming weeks and months will be busy times in the sustainable garden and is looking like a bumper spring this year.