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A Helping Hand for Thirsty Wildlife

| At home, garden, nature

By Di Pritchard As I opened my eyes to a warm 6am temperature last week, I noticed something splashing about in the water bowl in the garden near my bedroom window. Something was struggling to get out of the slippery sides of the half-full bowl. Thinking it was a trapped honeyeater from the grevillea above, …

After the Rain

| garden, nature

By Alan Hewett Everyone knows how dry it’s been in recent months and how desperate we are for rain. When it eventually does rain how do we go about harvesting the millions of litres of free water? Most of it will be channelled into our stormwater system, but what a waste of a natural resource. …

Interpretation

| community, garden, health, nature

By Anne Stelling, Facilitator, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network The question common to people in Landcare is how to get people to care about our environment. How can we get our message heard, and more importantly, make the hearer care enough to make a change? How can we share our passion in a way that ignites others? It …

Wodonga Middle Years College sustainable gardening tour

| community, food, garden, health

By Helena Foster, School Community Gardener, Wodonga Middle Years College Felltimber Campus Back in the 70’s I read a memorable article in Grass Roots magazine by the late Neil Douglas, Australian artist, environmentalist and advocate for sustainable living, where he stressed the need for schools to run gardening as part of every child’s education. Prophetically, …

Words About Birds

| At home, garden, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Network If you are as lucky as I am, you can sit in your garden and hear twenty or more different native bird calls. Luckier still, and you may catch sight of them. Several species of Honeyeaters and an Eastern Spinebill are enjoying the camellias and japonicas. Currawongs craftily teach their …

Thinking of Shade

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Jenny Indian, Stanley Despite the fact that you may currently be languishing in winter sun and actively seeking out those sunny spots out of the wind, now is the time to really think about summer shade – the why’s, the where’s and the what species. Over winter barerooted tree stock is available – it is much …

Being more Australian

| At home, community, garden

By Bruce Nulty, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network (WULN) The Society for Growing Australian Native plants had a strong influence in Alice Springs during the 20 years we lived there, before moving to Wodonga 17 years ago. I revisited Alice Springs early last year and was surprised to see grass in the Todd River but  disappointed to …

Predation and Culling

| At home, food, garden, nature

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern  When we first moved onto out rural property we were plagued by Sparrows. They nested in the roof, were noisy, messy and hostile to the native birds. We tried various measures to get rid of them, including building a Sparrow trap which caught nary a one. Then, over a period of time they …

Tasteless Produce

| At home, community, food, garden, health

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery We are fortunate living in a country with so much variety of foodstuffs in the Supermarkets but we are unfortunate in being presented a tasteless product. When did you last see a bug, blemish or soil on fruit and vegetables in the Supermarket? Unless you grow your own or you shop at …

Sharing our Bounty!

| At home, community, food, garden, money matters

By  Sue Slater, Birallee Park Neighbourhood House Many of us plant a zucchini seedling in spring, only to find that we can harvest enough zucchinis to compete with major supermarket growers.  Or how about that lemon tree that reminds us of Nanna’s lemon meringue pie, or the pasta sauce that our Nona used to bottle using home-grown …