TGoG Podcast 060 – Green Renting with Stacey Warlich

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My guest this week is Stacey Warlich, who is also the President of the Melton Sustainable Living Group, and she could be classified as a green renter.  I invited Stacey on the show today to talk about green renting as she lives a sustainable lifestyle in the same town as me, but in rental accommodation here in the suburbs. Over the years I have had many blog readers comment that they find   [Continue Reading …]

Repairing My Wheelbarrow


Ah, the trusty wheelbarrow.  It was broken, and now it is not, all because I did not fall the into the consumer trap.  Let me explain why I began repairing my wheelbarrow instead of buying a new one. I have owned this steel wheelbarrow for over 14 years.  It has been reliable until a year ago, when one of the wooden braces broke, and the tire got a puncture about a month ago.  Oh, and it   [Continue Reading …]

Building a VegTrug or Two


After spending a few hours fixing up a few blown out panels on the greenhouse, I decided to put it to good use and add some veggie beds.  The greenhouse is now four years old, and has been a little neglected over the last year.  It gets up to 55°C  (131°F) during the summer, so it doesn't get used for half of the year.  It makes a great solar dryer though, and works wonders for drying herbs and   [Continue Reading …]

Growing Mushrooms – Preparation

Growing Mushrooms

Recently I waxed lyrical about growing mushrooms here at the house of GoG in this post titled The Great Mushroom Experiment.   So, finally, I found the time together put one of the two kits that I bought to start growing.  I started off with the white button (Agaricus bisporus) mushrooms first, as I thought that may be the easiest to get a result. I found the ingredients necessary for the   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 059 – Climate Change Beyond 400ppm

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As global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide pass through 400 parts per million, vested interests are still campaigning against action on climate change. Listen to the good, the bad, and the downright ugly facts about this global issue. I call the facts out as I see them, backed by sound science.  Over 97% of climate scientists cannot be wrong. In fact at one stage I get a   [Continue Reading …]

A Visit to Shoestring Gardening

Shoestring Gardening gathering

I had a break from my regularly busy weekend schedule, and took up an invitation to visit Shoestring Gardening in Wyndamvale, Victoria.  My friend Jabir asked if I was interested in having a look at the new aquaponics system that the group had installed at their regular meeting place, the Eco Living Centre. The location was about 40 km (~25 miles) from where I live, so around 1.15 pm, Ben and I   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 058 – Listener Mailbag

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A great show this week! Firstly I talk about a few events that are coming up soon.  This weekend I am attending the opening of the Shoestring Gardening Aquaponic installation at the Eco Living Centre which is located at 28 Ridge Dve, Wyndamvale, Victoria.  The event is being held between 2 to 4 pm on Saturday 12th April.  Say gidday if you are going along. The next event is a Cheese   [Continue Reading …]

The Great Mushroom Experiment

The Great Mushroom Experiment

I can honestly say that I am a newbie to growing mushrooms, with practically zero experience in growing this fungus.  That is why I am so excited, and am starting The Great Mushroom Experiment. But lets start at the very beginning.  Why do I love mushrooms? Wild Field Mushrooms When I was a wee lad living on a dairy farm in Loxton North in South Australia, you couldn't buy mushrooms in the   [Continue Reading …]

Planting Time for Brassica and Allium


In our temperate climate, it is now time to plant vegetables of the Brassica and Allium families. Common members of the Brassica genus is Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, and Kohlrabi.  These are only a few cultivars.  You may also be surprised that mustard is also a member of this family.  So is Swede/Rutabaga. Common members of the Allium genus is Onions, Leeks,   [Continue Reading …]

Harvesting the Pumpkin Patch

Harvested Queensland Blue Pumpkins

Big day in the pumpkin patch!  It was time to clear out the veggie patch in the front yard, which included searching for all the pumpkins hidden throughout the garden. This is what the front garden beds looked like before I started work this morning. This is the front of the front yard towards north. And this is the towards the back.  That is a heck of a lot of cleaning up to do!  I was   [Continue Reading …]

eBook Writing Again!


It has been a long while since I wrote and published an eBook.  The last one was my cheese making eBook Keep Calm and Make Cheese, which was published in April 2013. That is 12 months ago, so I have been slack for far too long. So what am I writing?  Well, actually dear reader, I am writing two eBooks! The first one is an eBook idea that I tried to turn into a course, but after a fair bit   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 057 – Suburban Food Farm in Autumn

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During this episode of the podcast, I give a Suburban Food Farm update for this season, and talk about the types of vegetables to plant during autumn in a temperate climate zone. My climate here in Melton West is Hot Zone 10, Cold Zone 4.  I mention all the different types of vegetables I will be planting over the next few weeks, and what I have done to prepare the garden beds ready for them. I   [Continue Reading …]

Brewing Beer For My Birthday

Filling beer bottles

I have a birthday worth celebrating coming up this year, the big Five-O.  It is later in the year, so one has to prepare for these things, especially if one is to enjoy it in line with ones values. So what better way to celebrate than with a few good home-brew beers, and a pizza party.  Now, the beer ain't going to brew itself, is it?  Yours truly had to make some.  Out with the beer kit, and   [Continue Reading …]

Our Home-grown Jonathan Apples

Home grown Jonathan apple compared to commercially grown Jonathan

It's apple season at the house of GoG!  I have three apple trees, however only one is doing well, the Jonathan apple.  The other two (granny smith and cox orange pipin) will be moved from the front yards during winter as they are being starved of water and nutrients from a large tree quite close to them. We planted this tree back in 2007, so it is now seven years old.  I have been using   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 056 – Soap Making at Home

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This episode was all about soap making at home, and I was lucky to have Kim on the show today as my co-host. We talk about how we got into soap making, the basic process, some early failures and successes, safety suggestions, and some advanced soap making techniques that we use. I also mentioned a few links during the show; We bought our first kit at Simply Natural Soap Making   [Continue Reading …]

Green Quick Tips – Bikes and Vegetables for Newbie Gardeners


This weeks Green Quick Tips podcast episodes are simple and easy to achieve.  Less than 5 minutes long, and easy on the ears! Firstly we have tips about moving around under your own steam, and then two episodes for the newbie food gardener. GQT 18 - Green Quick Tip for Getting on Your Bike.  Taking your bike for a spin has many benefits.  Not only do you reduce fuel costs, you maintain   [Continue Reading …]