The Sustainable Hour

For seven years, The Sustainable Hour have broadcasted weekly on the Geelong-based community radio station The Pulse - 94.7, a live internet stream, and podcast. They have focussed in particular on the climate emergency and solutions to combat the situation. Listen in...

E-bikes

We have been lucky  enough to have the opportunity of trialling a Tern GSD e-bike - a sustainable and healthy alternative to the motor car for trips around town. It's great for school drop off (get right to the gate and avoid those oversized SUV queues in undersized...

Wyndham Works Start

Works have commenced on site for the construction of the strawbale house and outbuildings. Here we have the frame of the outhouse complete with its recycled window. Despite not being built to the latest technological window standards, using recycled windows in...

Modified Wicking Bed

Wicking beds are a fantastic solution to provide a healthy soil for growing annual vegetables or plants that become stressed in Victoria's hot summers. They reduce evaporation by watering from beneath, and encourage roots to head deeper. A criticism is however that...

Tiny Houses

There is a lot of air time dedicated to the topic of tiny houses. In time mainstream television and media will move on once the ratings show signs of a plateau or decline, but we believe the interest in downsizing, re-connecting with nature, and eliminating material...

Natural Curves

Some materials will allow natural curves to form and can be used sculpturally to create features within a garden design. Here we have a wire trellis fixed to the planter below and allowed to form a natural arch, which the beans are using to great effect with the...

Embodied Energy

Embodied energy is the amount of energy required to produce a particular item or material and make it available for use. Highly processed materials such as stainless steel, glass, and concrete take a lot of energy to produce when all manufacturing processes, mining...

Companion Planting

Utlising the qualities of one plant to aid nearby plants is a way of creating resilience within a garden design. Deep rooted plants can be planted next to plants with shallow roots without competition for moisture and nutrients, some plants can attract beneficial...

Deep Watering

Our long hot summers can stress plants and reduce their productivity, or worse - kill them. Soaking the soil with a trickle that can infiltrate the soil deeply is important to ensure plants have access to water through heatwaves. However, some soils such as heavy clay...

Shading Devices

Deciduous trees planted in front of north facing windows provide an abundance of light through the winter months - when we need it, and in summer give us shade. An adjustable shading device that can feed you too? What an invention!
The Sustainable Hour

The Sustainable Hour

For seven years, The Sustainable Hour have broadcasted weekly on the Geelong-based community radio station The Pulse - 94.7, a live internet stream, and podcast. They have focussed in particular on...

E-bikes

E-bikes

We have been lucky  enough to have the opportunity of trialling a Tern GSD e-bike - a sustainable and healthy alternative to the motor car for trips around town. It's great for school drop off (get...

Tiny Houses

Tiny Houses

There is a lot of air time dedicated to the topic of tiny houses. In time mainstream television and media will move on once the ratings show signs of a plateau or decline, but we believe the...

Natural Curves

Natural Curves

Some materials will allow natural curves to form and can be used sculpturally to create features within a garden design. Here we have a wire trellis fixed to the planter below and allowed to form a...

Embodied Energy

Embodied Energy

Embodied energy is the amount of energy required to produce a particular item or material and make it available for use. Highly processed materials such as stainless steel, glass, and concrete take...

Companion Planting

Companion Planting

Utlising the qualities of one plant to aid nearby plants is a way of creating resilience within a garden design. Deep rooted plants can be planted next to plants with shallow roots without...

Deep Watering

Deep Watering

Our long hot summers can stress plants and reduce their productivity, or worse - kill them. Soaking the soil with a trickle that can infiltrate the soil deeply is important to ensure plants have...

Shading Devices

Shading Devices

Deciduous trees planted in front of north facing windows provide an abundance of light through the winter months - when we need it, and in summer give us shade. An adjustable shading device that can...

Strawbale Construction

Strawbale Construction

Strawbale is one of our favourite building materials. It has amazing insulation properties (around 4 times more effective than a conventionally built brick veneer wall with R2.5 insulation batts),...

Speed date an expert

Speed date an expert

We're proud to be a part of Geelong Sustainability's 'Speed Date an Expert' on October 31. It's a great way to have an inexpensive consultation about a project that you have dreamed of, but thought...

Home Produce

Home Produce

We love designing self-sufficient gardens at Urban Farm and House. Here’s the first sample of our own Asparagus in its second year. Hopefully the first of many productive seasons. Setting up your...

Colour and Texture

Colour and Texture

Colour and texture are important in creating successful landscape design. A diverse plant palette provides visual interest, as well as aiding in the overall health of your garden ecosystem....

Rammed Earth Walls

Rammed Earth Walls

Rammed earth is another sustainable choice for a building material. Suitable soil can be sourced from the site itself, eliminating the transportation, energy and carbon costs of highly refined and...

Garden Design

Garden Design

When we design for garden (or house) we consider the sun's impact. This site was chosen for an all year round productive food garden because it receives a heap of sunlight in winter, but is shaded...