Monthly Archives: July 2013

Cost-Effective Landscaping…

When I moved into my fiancé’s house almost a year ago I knew I wasn’t marrying a gardener.  While he doesn’t haven’t a green thumb he certainly makes up for it in the kitchen.  So it was a simple plan when I moved in… I would garden and he would cook.  However we do cross over a little as I do like to cook and I think I have given him a little confidence in the gardening realm (well at least with the mowing).

Today I was on my way home and I saw a sign for free pavers.  I stopped and got out of the car and to my surprise it was just what I was after for placing a rock border around the garden (well it has got me off to a good start) and some pavers for stepping stones to the letter box.

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After I looked at my no-cost handy work I started to think the front garden transformation has become a real tribute to sustainability in the sense of materials costing me nothing, lawn cost nothing (the real bonus with that was I didn’t even have to lay it) and apart from a few plants they to have cost me nothing.

The main outcome for the front garden is for it to be a butterfly garden and the rocks were a perfect addition as they need somewhere to rest and warm up.  Along with some nectar plants all I need now is a nice birdbath or something to ensure butterflies and birds have what they need to drink and eat.

So I guess there you have it.  You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to landscape your garden.  Generally what is required is a little patience because sometimes you may just have to wait for materials to be available.  All I can say is be on the look out and don’t be afraid to ask people if they require something or what they are doing with the left overs.  Bartering is another good practice.  That’s how I manage to get a lot of my plants (my son has a little nursery set up for native Australian plants and teenagers are always up for a good deal).

Next I might have to sneak in a few vegetables throughout the garden beds out the front.  My fiancé seems to think you can only grow those types of things in a backyard.  Well I think he may be in for a lesson on permaculture.

Related Articles…

Garden Recycling – Homelife

Butterfly nectar plants of the Adelaide Region – Butterfly Conservation SA Inc.

10 Steps to a Butterfly Garden – Melbourne Zoo

 

 

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Diesel: Garden Manager…

Diesel

So finally I have garlic estabilished and growing quite well.  The lemon tree has not succumbed to anymore harrassment from Diesel.  In fact the garden is coming together quite well at the moment.

Diesel is managing to chew up his own toys (has chewing and disecting tennis balls down to a fine art) and bedding and while that is a pain to be constantly picking up after him, I already do it for 4 children so whats another 4-legged child?  He has also decided to undertake some earthworks in the back yard.  I’m wondering if it is because he saw the boys digging a hole (where I am trying to re-establish the lawn) looking for worms that he thought it looked fun enough to try himself?

Top 5 Urban Apps (Revisited)

eplanning…love the concept.

JOC Consulting

In March, I wrote an article for PIA New Planner magazine and looked at 6 urban apps to add to your digital library. These apps included Blockbrief, Monocle and the Sydney Foodtrucks app. As we move closer to an ever connected world, based on smarter cities and eplanning, I wrote about 6 more apps making waves in and outside of Sydney for the June issue.

Download the article here > 37220_PIA_New Planner June 2013web vFA 13(1).

And also check out Run That Town, a great app by the ABS that I’ll be discussing in more depth in the September issue of New Planner magazine.

John O'Callaghan PIA New Planner June

 

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