Wildflower Walks Out West 2012

Isn't it grand when someone else comes up with a beautiful walk to go on in a beautiful place...and then they do it over and over again, for free.  Well these groups of people have and the walks are through fields of wildflowers.  What could be more wonderful?  Having experts tell you about the plants, insects, and photography!  Can you believe it!


Propagating is not as hard as you think it is

The secret of propagating is to keep the soil moist at all times. I have my summer seeds all on the go: basil, zucchini, cucumber, watermelon, leek, squash, fennel and pumpkin. What I don't use I will take to either the high school or primary school garden.

Get your hands dirty lending a hand

There's a City of Melbourne spring planting day coming up on Sunday 28 October 11am to 3.00pm and it will be a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and meet people.

You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and help turn Melbourne green by joining the team from City of Melbourne Urban Forest at our Spring Planting Day in Royal Park.

Bring your friends and family and join in the fun activities on this fantastic family day out organised by the City of Melbourne.

It’s FREE and registration is on the day
Plants and tools will be provided.

Royal Park
Park Street, next to western oval

The new chick and coop

Well out of 6 eggs we got one chick. Not good odds really and it may well be a rooster still. Three were eaten by what we now think was a rat (they were stolen from the nest in the middle of the night) and 2 were not viable.

On the day the chick hatched it was mayhem in our yard. The other 2 chooks wanted to eat it so we need to separate them and quickly build another coop for mum and chick. Our new dog decided to get in on the action on the day and started to bark at the chooks the two who had been separated were going at each other.

Hubby and mr 11 couldn't build that coop fast enough!!

Mum is very protective

It is made from an old ladder cut in half (that was my contribution) and the box was made of scraps of timber (barge boards from the house) we had lying around. The top has bitumen lined paper stapled on top to keep it water proof. They are happy for now - until the chick grows too big. Then we will sort out plan b which will involve returning chooks to their owner (we are only looking after them for 5 months).

Carbon Price and Your Electricity Bill

One of my followers has passed this YouTube on me and it is a great initiative to help make the changes to our electricity bills more understandable.  It's a great little video.

The email came to me at a really good time as my hubby & I were just talking about the increases in power bills and whether those smart meters really are smart for the consumer or just smart for the power companies.  Everyone I know who has one seems to have had their power bill go up.

Have you got one?

Have you noticed any changes?

I would love to hear from you.
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