Category Archives: Biodiversity

The aftermath of the Sampson Flat bushfires

The Sampson Flat bushfire destroyed 27 homes and scorched more than 12,500ha before it was declared contained last Thursday. The fire has also had a serious impact on natural resources in the northern area of the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region … Continue reading

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Native plant foods

Yesterday, I attended a workshop on growing native plant foods in the home garden. These foods are high in essential nutrients, well suited to growing in our climate, part of our biodiversity and a food source for native animals. They … Continue reading

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The Dunes, Springs and Gullies of Holdfast Bay

Last Saturday morning, I joined another thirty residents on a guided nature tour of Holdfast Bay. We visited sand dunes, springs and gullies, learning about local ecosystems and biodiversity from three experienced local guides. We discovered stunningly beautiful remnants of a once thriving natural … Continue reading

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Evolution of a front garden – Part 2

By 2014, our basic knowledge of soil and plants had improved and we understood the importance of wind direction and sun orientation. Given what we needed and wanted to achieve, the decision to plant South Australian coastal bushes, grasses and … Continue reading

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Sustainability and suburban gardens

In Australia, green lawns and roses were once standard features in suburban front yards, along with pretty, annual flower borders. The man of the house mowed the lawn on the weekend, kept the roses neat and trim and sprayed weeds … Continue reading

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National Tree Day in Holdfast Bay

This National Tree Day,  1000 native coastal plants were planted at a new re-vegetation site at Chappell Drive in Holdfast Bay. This small area, at the end of Chappell Drive in front of Holdfast Shores, was once very degraded, however, plants … Continue reading

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Planting day in the Dunes

Yesterday, I donned my gardening gear to help our dedicated environmental volunteers working on revegetating the Seacliff Dunes. Luckily the weather was sunny and mild and the 10am start meant I didn’t have to skip breakfast. Although I arrived 10 … Continue reading

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