Love for Animals

For older children it can prompt discussions on ethics in the farming industry. And for all visitors it can be the beginning of awareness, that the decisions we make can affect the lives of the animals in our backyard environment, community or country. Whether it is when we make a choice about the food products we buy in the supermarket, … Read More

SNAKE ALERT

Spring is the time of year that snakes wake up hungry from hibernating over winter. It seems like this year’s winter has lasted longer than normal so those Joe Blake’s will be extra hungry. What are some of the things we can do to keep ourselves safe without going overboard? Here’s a recipe I found for natural snake repellent from … Read More

Food Chains

Some soil creatures eat other smaller soil creatures, some just lay their eggs in others so that when the hatchlings emerge they can feast on the body of their incubator. Some cover their prey in gooey slime. All the stuff that alien invasion horror movies are made of is happening right beneath our feet. Scary Huh, does that make you … Read More

BEEEEES

Another great example of mutualism would be the way flowers and bees work together. A Bee get the nectar they need to make honey by travelling between flowers. The bee brings pollen from one flower to another, resulting in pollination. It is well known that humans could not live without plants, because not only do we use them for food … Read More

Slimy Snail

Slimy Snail is a much maligned creature whose only fault is that it is slimy and eats a lot. But it is clever enough to be able to grow extra eye stalks, has only one foot and yet still manage to be able to get around with its house on its back, and has been used to make cough syrup … Read More

Grasshoppers

If you have walked through a paddock on a warm summer’s day, chances are you will have encountered grasshoppers. If you have been camping and laid awake listening to the sounds of the night, you are probably familiar with the chirping of crickets. Although grasshoppers cause billions of dollars in damage to food crops annually, they provide an important source … Read More

Companion Planting in the Vegie Patch

I have this weird obsession with my veggie patch. I like it straight, everything has to line up in nice straight rows. Every different type of vegetable in its own plot. I am very happy to tend my vegie patch, I feel a connection with the earth when I am weeding, watering and planting. The one thing I hate doing … Read More