TGoG Podcast 017 – Green Easy Listening

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

Well I told you that I hadn't forgotten Episode 17.  Here is the podcast that I recorded on Tuesday 26th April, testing out some new recording software which I decided to turn into a radio show episode. Let me know what you think.  Should I give this type of podcast a go, or is it a waste of time? If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You   [Continue Reading …]

Brown Onions and Carrots


Today was a fantastic day to be out and about in the garden in my neck of the woods.  With a sunny day and 23C, it was perfect to plant some onions and carrots.I prepared the garden bed by turning it over and raking it level.  The crop beforehand was zucchini and cucumbers, so I usually follow those with a root crop, and this year I decided to plant out and entire bed with brown   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 018 – An Interview with Julie Grundy

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

This weeks podcast is an interview with Julie Grundy, who lives in Perth, Western Australia and is the author of Go Greener Australia. I am a fan of her blog and also the G Magazine Challenges that she participates in.  During the interview we talk about her motivation to continue writing, the water security issue in Perth, the proposed Kimberly Gas terminal, and her garden!  It was a fun   [Continue Reading …]

Introducing Teddy


Meet Teddy the West Highland terrier who we adopted from our local pound, and a new edition to our family. You can see in the photo below that he was putting on his 'please adopt me' look, or was it his 'I am scared, please take me with you' look.  It didn't take much convincing, let me tell you.  We couldn't believe our luck when Kim stumbled upon his adoption post on the local   [Continue Reading …]

Emmental Cheese at the Co-op

Today's main post is over at the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op, where I describe the flavour and texture of home made Emmental Cheese.Emmentaler is a holey, nutty tasting cheese that needs a little TLC during its creation, but well worth the effort.  The proof was in the taste test, and the taste was fantastic.  Please pop on over and have a read.   [Continue Reading …]

Pumpkin Harvest


Whilst I have been unable to do much around the place, Kim has been helping me in the garden.  Over the last 3 weeks she has been clearing away the dead pumpkin vines and I have been throwing them into the compost bin when I got home from work.  Thanks for the help darling! I will make a gardener out of you yet.There are so many hybrids in the batch, mainly because I planted seeds I   [Continue Reading …]

Garlic In The Ground


Yesterday, I finally got off my bottom and got stuck into planting some food.  I started off, as the title suggests, with garlic.  This is my 3rd year of growing garlic, and it is so easy.  This is how I grew garlic last season.  So this season, I decided to plant even more, as we have been feeding it to the chickens as medicine to keep mites and intestinal worms away.The   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 016 – An Interview with Jonsey (Wind-blown, dust and dirt)

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I had a chat to Doug Jones this afternoon, who is the author of Wind-blown, dust and dirt.  Jonesy has had to stop blogging due to illness, which he talks a little about during the interview, but loves to read other green and sustainable living blogs. We also talk about his area, his community, how he designed and built his passive solar house, and about his veggie patch.  Jonesy also talks   [Continue Reading …]

Our Earth Day


Source: WikipediaEvery day is Earth Day as far as I am concerned, but a lot of people just don't think that way.Before my greening, I had never heard of Earth Day, probably because it originated out of the USA in 1970.  I have now of course due to the Internet, but if it wasn't for internet media, you would never know that it existed where I live.  Here in Australia, there are very   [Continue Reading …]

9 Weeks!


I am overwhelmed with the task at hand! Well, not really, but it still has not sunk in.9 weeks long service leave, no work, so what is a bloke to do?  Well, over Easter, I will be slowly working in the garden planting garlic, brown onions and cabbages, and I may catch up on a few movies that I have been waiting to see.  I do have a 'raised garden bed' workshop that I am presenting at   [Continue Reading …]

Making Soy Wax Candles


About a month ago, Kim and I ventured into the giddy world of candle making.  So much fun, as it takes me back to primary school, when we used sand and old cardboard milk carton to pour molten wax into, to make candles.Kim bought a kit on-line which consisted of 2kg of soy wax, about 50 wicks and metal thingies and some colour discs.  We had saved lots of salsa jars which were just   [Continue Reading …]

Talbot Farmers Market


Every 3rd Sunday in the month, the Talbot Farmers Market is held in the little country Victoria town of Talbot.  We had been meaning to go for quite a while, and I felt well enough to drive, so we invited our friends and neighbours, Rick and Renata, who leapt at the chance to go on an adventure with us.  We drove there yesterday, via Ballarat to pick up our daughter Amy, and then headed   [Continue Reading …]

Backyard Chickens Workshop

Yesterday, my friend Jan and I presented a workshop to the Melton Sustainable Living Group members and friends.  The workshop is one of the regular monthly activities the group holds on the 3rd Saturday of each month.I believe that it was informative and I certainly had a good time presenting it.  As requested by one of my readers on The Greening of Gavin, we captured the highlights on   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 015 – An Interview with Leanne (Hazeltree Farm)

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On Thursday night, I caught up with Leanne from Hazeltree Farm which is near Dunedin in New Zealand. We talked about sustainable farming practices, the exciting things she is doing with her tree-change, and the hazards and consequences of the property receiving unhealthy doses of Roundup(tm)! The original recording was over an hour long, so I had to edit it down to a manageable length.    [Continue Reading …]

Weekend of Fun

I have been having such a great time creating the 'meet the green blogger' podcast series, that I have not taken the time to actually write a post.  Sorry about that, it is just that sometimes I get carried away. The two podcast interviews that I have already posted were thoroughly enjoyable to produce.  I am just putting the finishing touches on my first international interview,   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 014 – An Interview with Sarhn McArthur

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Tonight I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarhn McArthur who blogs at Greener Me. We talked a lot about the psychology of being green and the steps she took to change her values, beliefs and every day behaviours towards a greener lifestyle. I hope you enjoy the show as much as I did.  By the way, I am still awaiting more willing volunteers to be interviewed, so that we can keep the   [Continue Reading …]