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What’s that Jewel Flying Around in Your Garden?

| garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard, Albury Sometimes the small things that surround us can be fascinating. Cuckoo wasps are those remarkable iridescent blue-green jewels you see hovering slowly around your house looking for wasp nests.  Although about the size of a fly, these wasps live a bold and vibrant lifestyle. You see, cuckoo wasps are ‘parastoids’. That is, they …

Food For Thought

| community, food, garden, nature

By Lauriston Muirhead, Albury Wodonga Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Food Recipe Seed Sunlight Water Soil Air Mix above ingredients gently together in the correct proportions (follow specific instructions on seed packets) in a comfortable place for several weeks.  When ready, harvest, prepare, serve and eat. This old favourite recipe for life has been passed down from …

Summer Plant Survival

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Charlie Robinson, Beechworth Keeping plants alive throughout the hot Summer months can be a challenge for most people, particularly if they live on larger properties.  But it shouldn’t be if you follow these tried and proven steps.  We live on ten acres and we ensure that every plant receives adequate water , even at the …

Seeing our landscape with a personal view

| At home, garden, health, nature

By Stephen Routledge, Stanley As a child, I was the youngest of four boys, born in the 1950s, into an Essex farming family. I grew up on an East Anglian arable farm with 20ft of topsoil that had been farmed eons before the Romans arrived in Britain in 54 BC. This rolling, wooded landscape, steeped with …

Our Native Garden Nursery Tour

| community, garden, nature

By Corinne and Jill Dawson for Our Native Garden Nursery Our Native Garden is a not-for-profit, volunteer run native plant nursery dedicated to developing balanced ecosystems. As part of the Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival, Our Native Garden Nursery will be hosting a free tour on Sunday 26 November from 11.00am to 12.30pm, where you …

Eco-Building

| At home, energy, garden, money matters, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival event officer Are you building, renovating or wanting to live in a more energy efficient home? This weekend, there will be four free events to help you, including a tiny house experience, speed dates with a sustainable building designer, a workshop on sustainable house design and a …

Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival

| At home, At work, community, energy, food, garden, nature, waste

By Jill Croome, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Wodonga Sustainability comes alive this month with more than 30 events over 30 days during the Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival features an array of activities across a variety of venues, most free of charge. The festival kicks off this …

What is Permaculture?

| community, energy, food, garden, nature

By Natasha Stafford, permaculturalist, Albury Permaculture is a concept often relegated to the ‘alternative’ area of agriculture. It is thought of as a concept used to apply to some third world country, irrelevant to modern systems. Nothing could be further from the truth. The term ‘permaculture’ or ‘permanent agriculture’ was originally coined by William Mollison, who, …

Wangaratta Sustainability Workshops Success

| At home, At work, community, garden, nature, waste

By Jasen Smith, Wangaratta Library Recently in March Wangaratta Library held the program ‘March into Sustainability’, a series of workshops focused on sustainability and gardening. This program ran in conjunction with the Wangaratta Sustainability Network. Workshops covered various topics from worm farms, beekeeping, wicking beds and sustainability for busy people. Each of the events were well attended with …

Winter Delights

| At home, garden, health, nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare For 65 years of my life I lived in tropical North Queensland and, while I loved living there, I was always sick with infected sinuses.  I have been living in Woolshed Valley, N.E. Victoria, now for 5 years and my health has improved immensely.  In that time I haven’t had one …