Coffee Addiction


I will let you in on a little secret that I have been harbouring for the last week or so.  I am addicted and obsessed with coffee grounds, or at least my worm farm and garden are!I discovered this wonderful organic matter about 12 months ago when a friend of mine gave me two large garbage bags of coffee grounds that he picked up from a local cafe.  Without thinking too much about it, I   [Continue Reading …]

Home-made Passata di pomodoro


As I only grow enough tomatoes each year to eat fresh, I headed down to Bacchus Marsh to my favourite fruit and veg shop (Jeff Jones) and pick up a 10kg box of saucing tomatoes for a very cheap price.  Then I make about 3-6 months supply of Passata, which is a basic tomato puree.  Here is how I do it.Firstly I core each tomato, cut it in half and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon.A   [Continue Reading …]

Aluminium Can Recycling


I thought I would give a Planet Ark campaign a bit of a plug.  Being a recycling advocate, I fully support this cause, and you can also win an iPad as well (Australian residents only)!  Read for the details below.Recycle aluminium cans for the chance to win an iPad and surf classic tickets After cooling off with a soft drink at the beach this summer, consumers have the chance to   [Continue Reading …]

Home-made Liquid Fertiliser


This is a little gardening tip that I learnt from watching Vasili's Garden a few months back.  Vasili was filming in the garden of an old guy of Italian decent and he asked him how his vegetables grew so vigorously.  The old bloke took him behind his shed and showed him this brew in an old 44 gallon drum that stunk to high heaven.  So I decided to make some myself!Back in   [Continue Reading …]

Wise Words Wednesday?

I have been harping on about all things sustainable living for a long time.  Over that time I have come to realise that there are many good number of readers out there who have just so much to share in abundance.  So I would like to tap into that vast knowledge base.As one of my goals this year is "More Maintenance, Less Projects", I need to focus on servicing the many needs   [Continue Reading …]

Building the Ultimate Clay Cob Oven Video

It has been 3 days in production, and with the aid of my new super computer, finally the most magical video that I have ever created is now live for the viewing. Now if you are not a fan of my videos, please take the time to watch this one.  It is something very special.  I took over 9 hours of video footage and compressed it into 7 minutes 45 seconds.  I look like I am Superman,   [Continue Reading …]

Chili and Chicken. A Match Made in Heaven


You may think that this post is going to be a recipe.  On the contrary, it is a recipe for disaster!Now if you or I ate about 25 green jalapeno chillies, we would be sore for a month.  Not only would it burn your lips, throat, stomach, and the nether regions, it would burn if you rubbed your eyes, nose, and any other sensitive area of skin.  You would think that this would   [Continue Reading …]

The Paradox of Our Age


We live in the age of abundant energy, and we have a lot to be thankful for, but for how much longer, and what are we doing about it?Humanity has reached a stage in its development where everything we now have is reliant on a source of cheap energy, in the form of oil.  We have transportation that would shock an early 20th century person, as we can get from point A to point B with a minimum   [Continue Reading …]

New Layout


Yesterday, my old PC died.  The main hard drive and one of the memory modules gave up the ghost, and unfortunately I could not find spares for my old clunker.  It was 5.5 years old, so I thought it had a good run.There are a few parts that I can harvest for spares, and I will be sending the old one to e-waste, once I find somewhere that accepts it.  So thankfully it will not be   [Continue Reading …]

The 1000th Post!

I am so excited!Firstly a video message from yours truly.  You need to watch this so that the rest of the post makes sense!So here are the questions:What documentary am I referring to in the video?What are the names of my current 8 chickens?When did I first write about Peak Oil?Name the very first cheese I ever made?What is the name of the disease that you have if caught   [Continue Reading …]

Homemade Peach Strudel


We had a big bowl of peaches sitting in the fridge that we harvested about a week ago, so we had to find something to do with them before they went off.  The fruit had become too soft to preserve it, so we had to bake something with peaches.  Kim hit upon the idea of making a strudel, which was a great idea.  She had thought that making a strudel was going to be a daunting task, but   [Continue Reading …]

I Need Your Help

I'm working on submitting a couple of applications for some big blogger awards today and it's just occurred to me that you may be able to help me. I believe that the judges will be checking out this blog and look at my stats to confirm my application. It would help me a lot if you could please take the time to add me to your feeder or Bloglines, or link to my blog (because that shows up in my   [Continue Reading …]

Green Mojo

You know what?  After having read an article in the latest G Magazine, I believe that I have been suffering from 'Green Fatigue'.  Here is an extract so you see what I am on about;"The Murray-Darling water plan.  Coal seam gas mining. Old growth logging. That 'great big' carbon tax. Yep, 2011 was a hectic 12 months for environmentalists - and those are just the major campaigns.   [Continue Reading …]


Which is something I ran out of last Monday night! My week became chaotic due to an assignment at work, and I was very tired by the time I arrived home.Every time I sat down to write, I had writers block and couldn't think straight.  The only saving grace was my very first downshift day on Wednesday and I managed to relax a little bit.We have been eating so many veggie meals, and have   [Continue Reading …]

Dumpster Diving – Saving Food Waste

No readers, I have not started dumpster diving just yet, but I have thought about it when I see the local supermarket throwing away so much good food.  Dumpster diving is a perfectly good solution to prevent food waste, and you could probably feed a small village with the food that just one supermarket throws away in a single day.I have, however found a cool video that shows what is actually   [Continue Reading …]

Spuds Ahoy – The Verdict


Today, I dug up the potatoes that you saw me plant back in this post titled "Spuds Ahoy!".  The leaves had mostly died off, and I thought I was in for rich diggings.This is the patch after I cleared away some of the dead stalks.  Now not wanting to damage the spuds, I used a small plastic garden fork and dug them all up by hand.  It took a bit of time, but it took me back to the   [Continue Reading …]

Chickens – Return On Investment

Way of the Chicken

As I mentioned in the previous post about chickens, not only are they great pets, or if you like, willing workers in the garden, they also lay the best eggs ever.Not only do they taste much better, they are nutritionally better as well! Mother Earth News mentions that eggs from chickens that are allowed to roam on grass (instead of being confined to cages as is the case for the majority of   [Continue Reading …]