Years of Black Plastic

With hindsight, I realise that weed-mat may be a ‘solution’ favoured by those feeling overwhelmed and under-resourced: overwhelmed by weeds and under-resourced in time and physical capacity. It seems like a good idea because you think your backbreaking weeding days are over, but in fact they are only just beginning! My experience with weed-mat wasContinue reading “Years of Black Plastic”

Grapevine Aircon

After my first, incredibly hot summer in a weatherboard house with no insulation, no air-conditioning, and not even very good ventilation, I knew I needed to do something very quickly to shade the western side of the house. Grapes were the obvious solution, providing shade in summer and letting light and warmth through in theContinue reading “Grapevine Aircon”