Fancy Irony…

I recently had a call from Simone of Pretty Produce, one of our island farmers, seeking some Brassica and Purslane from the garden. Simone supplies her beautiful organically grown edible flowers to the best restaurants in Australia and was recently awarded a gold medal in the highly regarded “Delicious Produce Awards”.  There is currently a…

New event…

On 2 October 2016 there will be a permaculture themed market day.  See below for details.

Kale Pesto…

I may just be a convert on kale.  After consulting some recipes, it was decided that kale pesto was an interesting option.  First step was to strip the leaves from the stems.  The stems can be used later for cooking in stocks or soups.  Some people steam the leaves but I just left them raw….

Springtime on the Island…

Spring has well and truly arrived.  The garden has been unattended and neglected for the past 3 weeks but that doesn’t seem to trouble it since the island’s little micro climate looks after everything.  Even the bugs seem to be staying away and the produce in the garden is pure perfection.  Here is some rainbow…

Winter growth…

I’ve been away from the island for the past 3 weeks and in that time the garden has transformed from seedlings to a fully productive food garden.  I’m sure some people consider that the barge trip to the island is a pain but on days like today I always find it a treat. In the…

Weeds, weeds, weeds…

I’ve been away from the island for the past couple of weeks and while I was away I had an oppportunity to drop into a city based community garden. I got a few good ideas I’m keen to adopt at High-Water.  This bamboo tomato tower is a nice feature.   And these pine cones make…

Island architecture 

The Southern Moreton Bay Islands have an eclectic mix of architecture. There is everything from old Queenslanders to weekender shipping containers.  As more people discover the beauty of the islands, there are more unique and interesting houses popping up. The common theme among them is the view.  The obvious benefit of living on a small…

Community Garden Visitors…

High-Water had some visitors today.  The local community of gardeners dropped by for their inaugural meeting.  The guest cottage was open for morning tea and plants were swapped and discussed.  We also had a few representatives from the SMBI Food Growers Group. It was a nice morning and I’m looking forward to another visit over…

Quick Corn…

Exactly one week ago I planted a patch of corn from seed that I had left over from my last harvest of corn.  I simply pushed each piece of corn into a handful of organic composted soil then watered with a bit of seaweed solution.   The corn has already sprouted and is on its…