Gutter garden

8 01 2011

There’s something I’ve been meaning to show you. It’s pretty awesome.

Here’s a sneak peek.

A bunch of cress seedlings? you say. How is that exciting?

But wait. There’s more.

The gutter garden is here!

(Well, actually, it’s been here for about 6 weeks now).

It’s dreamy. Truly. I love it a very lot. It has cress, shungiku, chives, shiso, rocket and thyme in it. They all love it.

Here it is from the other end.

What’s that? You want one too? Well it’s super easy. Here is the recipe.


1 length of guttering

Appropriate amount of guttering attachment things


Green scourer pad



Potting mix

Water saving crystals

Slow release fertiliser

Sphagnum moss



1. Drill a few holes in one end of the gutter. This is where any excess water will drain out.

2. Attach the gutter to where it is going to go.

3. Put the scourer pad over the holes.

4. Put a layer of sand along the length of the gutter.

5. Put a layer of coir over the sand.

6. Sprinkle water saving crystals and fertiliser around.

7. Put a layer of potting mix on top.

8. Add seeds.

9. Put a layer of sphagnum moss (or another mulch).

10. Enjoy.

I don’t water it too much – mostly because we’ve been getting plenty of big fat rain coming in the verandah, which is keeping everything on the verandah moist. It’s lovely being able to wander on to the balcony and pick myself some greens for salad or whatever. I recommend it.



9 06 2010

The difference between being unemployed and being ‘between jobs’ is psychological. Right now, I have no income after next week and no contract in place. I do have a few possibilities swirling around, but nothing locked in yet. Clearly, one of those possibilities is that the final day of being employed will slip past and I’ll enter limbo for a little while.

I’m not particularly worried, mostly because I’m willing and able to take the first job that looks likely, which tends to open the market right up. But, these are the moments I’m glad that I paid ahead on my mortgage and focussed on saving some sort of buffer.

In the meantime, I’ve spent my requisite couple of days slothing around, or as I’ve been thinking of it, recalibrating. Over the next blissful two weeks I have a full schedule of errands, cooking, knitting, watching old John Cusack movies, yoga and gardening.

Speaking of that last one, here’s some seedlings in the nursery. Yay.

It begins

26 04 2010


Time, inclination, tools and materials aligned for me to start scratching in the dirt.

Leon the dwarf tahitian lime tree made it to his new (permanent) home. The compost bin got relocated and restarted. Random neighbour-plants cut back to let some light in. Some Architecturally-created edging to give my little patch of dry ground some definition, some oomph, some indication to the gardener that these little scratchings in the dirt are on purpose and please not to mow over them.

Those pawpaw seedlings made it out of the pot and into their own little patch of dirt. Well, more of a patch of rock, but I’m hopeful. Two big ones and a few little ones for good luck.

Just need to keep the possums away. Who knew they liked baby pawmatoes so much?

A ways to go yet, but you know what they say. Best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. Second best time is now.