ali’s garden drawers

My friend Ali (the urban farm girl) is endlessly brimming with new ideas. And then implementing them (which I so admire!).  Or in this case, getting Norm to implement them (good on you Norm). Last week she sent me a pic. of her latest garden project.  And as she just lives around the corner, I went around to admire her handiwork in real life.



So the project was all about the chooks (they needed a new yard), pallets (Norm built the fence for the chooks out of pallets, how very NOW) and also drawers (Ali got Norm to make some planter boxes out of drawers and build them in to the fence).

She’s growing coriander in them. Cute huh?

love in a terrarium

Ever since I took photos at Mich and Drew’s house I have been thinking about making a terrarium.  Because Mich’s terrarium was so fun.  Pimarily because of the scene it depicted …  if you’ve forgotten, or missed it, you can read it here.

So I was super happy when my friend Wendy gave me nearly all the bits and pieces to make one myself.  She found a round glass fish tank at the op shop for herself (I was jealous) and then chased around and bought activated charcoal, sphagnum moss and gravel and made her own.  And she had lots of supplies left over at the end, so she gave them to me.

I have been consciously on the look out for my own second hand bowl ever since.  But then I found a first hand one in Kmart for $9.  So I bought it.  Given that the supplies were free and I had been cultivating some succulents in the garden along with an orchid (that looks a bit tired but will hopefully revive itself) for when I found the perfect vessel, I didn’t think it would break the bank.



Here’s the activated charcoal sitting at the bottom of the terrarium. Then I added potting mix and planted the plants before adding sphagnum moss and small stones to cover it all up.  I hope I did it right?


And ta-da, now I have made it … my very own version of love in a terrarium.  And my story goes like this …

See the princess with the long hair dancing on the podium at Retro Nightclub (at the St Frances Hotel in the city)?  That’s my uni friend Katrina (although actually she has blond hair, but never mind). See the other princess dancing on the other podium?  That’s me (although I was wearing an aqua blue chinese top that night, details, details)!  See the handsome prince on the dance floor wearing a tux … that’s Clive.  He was wearing a really tatty ‘stop the embargo … something about Cuba blah blah blah’ t-shirt the night we met so a tux isn’t exactly right, but he does have short brown hair!

So, what happened next?  Well Katrina knew Clive, and introduced him to me.  And it was love on the dance floor (so early 20s) … and a wedding … and three babies!

So beautiful!?

I raided the kids toy box for the tiny figurines.  I might recreate the scene with smurfs next …

It’s so fun … I am loving my terrarium.


chook love (part 2)

They are pretty cute …

I’ve worked all day to finish the house and surrounding ‘landscaping’.

And I don’t think any part of it is new … maybe the chicken wire … but it came from Dad’s shed … it was left over from another project.  Dad made the gate (how great is it) and I attached the wire (oh staple gun, how I love you), and did some handy carpentry with the cordless drill, screws and the electric saw.

And Mum and I did lots of digging and sleeper moving.  We uncovered loads of bricks and pavers (still to be ‘placed’ but basically in place).  Dad made some super stakes to hold up our new garden bed using a round wooden pole discovered on the roof of the cubby – I wonder what it was?

And the chicks are living with an old set of drawers and some wooden boxes … perfect.

Thanks Mum and Dad (they may have worked even harder than me … cos I went to pick the kids up from school …)

And I filled the barrels, now they just need a paint … and some plants … let’s hope the rhubarb bounces back to life.  If it survived the trip from Cavendish to Melbourne surely it will make it from one side of the garden to the other?