Storm in a bathtub
Liz Ingham, of Clydesdale, Victoria, conducts some wicking bed science experiments that even Lord Monckton might like.
Water is drawn up to the plants by capillary action, via a fabric wick and/or a gravel mix. You fill the reservoir through a slotted pipe until water comes out an overflow hole...
Hubble bubble toil no trouble
Chris McLeod, from Cherokee, Victoria, calculates how much water he needs for bubble baths (and farming).
However, at the end of the working day, I like nothing better than sitting in the bath, looking out the window and off into the distance. If that bath has bubbles in it then that’s even better...
Tree farming on solid rock
Alanna Moore, of Castlemaine, Victoria, tells how she made a productive permaculture farm on dry rocky country.
This Goldfields area is known for its hard rocky ground, hot dry summers and cold winters. Often there is no topsoil at all...
Downpipe water harvest
Nevin Sweeney, of St Clair, New South Wales, invents a nifty device for diverting stormwater to the garden.
No tanks for the downpour
No water tank? No worries. David Hutchinson, of Moonee Ponds in Victoria, describes his clever system to use rainwater for his precious garden beds.
The front yard is pretty small so we were not keen on a water tank to capture the runoff. Besides, only a small portion of the roof drains to the front. Still, water was going to waste, so what to do?..