• My energy savings included installing pelmets, changing to solar hot water, installing draft stoppers over my extracter fans, being more judicious about the use of heating. It really made a big difference,

  • Joh wrote a new post, The end 4 years, 10 months ago

    This is my last day of the carbon Challenge. It has been a great experience. I thin the best part has been getting tips and ideas from others and being able to share what I have learnt, my challenges, […]

    • @Joh I’m at the beginning of the challenge and i am benefiting hugely from it too. i love sharing ideas and trying out new things based on others’ experiences.

  • Despite exhaustive efforts to germinate seedlings, including sifting compost, making my own seed propagation mix and tending the planted seedlings indoors, germination rates continue to be low. I am now resorting […]

  • Joh posted an update 4 years, 11 months ago

    Just received my electricity bill. Can’t believe the difference.

  • Joh posted an update 4 years, 11 months ago

    One day of the challenge to go. However, like others have said, it is not the end, merely the beginning. The sad thing is that, because of health problems, I am now going to have to rent my unit for a while. So, I have made all of these improvements and am not going to reap the benefits for a while. I guess the tenants and the environment will…[Read more]

    • @Joh, sorry to hear that :( Although wherever you go that is better for your health, hopefully you’ll have so much knowledge that you’ll be able to suggest things to the owners of that place! :)

  • Joh posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 months ago

    In reply to: Anna21 posted an update I am so thrilled! Today our lovely new chicken coop was finished! We are so looking forward to getting some chickens this week! It cost around $150 in new materials and a lot of old […] View

    @anna21 I am thinking of making a chook coop. U saw a great recycling idea on Gardening Australia, where Costa constructed a coop out of a recycled table. The table had draws, so the table top was used as the top of the coop, the draws as nesting boxes and other recycled materials were used to construct the rest of the coop. It looked great.

  • Joh commented on the post, Challange 4 years, 11 months ago

    @khan yes, but how do we educate them? There are already a lot of eduction campaigns out there, but many people just don’t seem to be getting the message. Unfortunately, learning from individual mistakes isn’t […]

  • Joh posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 months ago

    In reply to: bsomsak posted an update Do you think plant your own garden is hard, don’t have time to look after. So I think that is not the main issue, spend cople hours with your garden on the day off by get away from your […] View

    @bsomsak I totally agree. It’s not that hard, it can actually be fun. Working out int he green gym helps you get fit, while also providing you with healthy, fresh vegies and helping the environment!

  • Joh posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 months ago

    In reply to: khan posted an update Fear mongers failed. Polls show tax on carbon is not worrying majority of Aussies and has no negative impact on their savings or earnings. View

    Gee how surpising. It’s great to have some data to support it. I didn’t think it would take long.

  • Does anyone have any experience with the breeding cycle of worms? I had to move my worm farm a few months ago.In doing so, a friend removed a lot of the castings and spread them around my garden. However, i think […]

  • Does anyone have any experience with the breeding cycle of worms? I had to move my worm farm a few months ago.In doing so, a friend removed a lot of the castings and spread them around my garden. However, i think […]

  • Joh posted an update 4 years, 11 months ago

    3 tomato seeds starting to come up. I am very pleased.

  • Joh commented on the post, Worm Farming 4 years, 11 months ago

    Does anyone have any experience with the breeding cycle of worms? I had to move my worm farm a few months ago.In doing so, a friend removed a lot of the castings and spread them around my garden. However, i think […]

  • Joh commented on the post, A good Start 4 years, 11 months ago

    @AnneKJK it is amazing how much stuff we accumulate. I am just packing my place up to rent and am surprised at the things I am finding in the back of cupboards that I can use – either for the original purpose I […]

  • Joh posted an update 4 years, 11 months ago

    Great day in the garden. Lots of weeding, spreading mulch. Great fun.

  • Joh posted an update 4 years, 11 months ago

    More peas up, but nothing on the tomatoes yet!!

  • My quote for the year is ‘Dig permaculture: feed your family, for soil and your world.’ Living in a town house, I never thought that permaculture could be relevant to me. I didn’t think that I had the scale to […]

  • Have started raising seedlings early for summer vegies, including tomato’s before Christmas (earlier blog). Progress to date has been disappointing.
    Newly potted tomato seeds (inside) have mould on top of them […]

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