Adam Woodhams

About Adam Woodhams

Multimedia communicator in garden, lifestyle and horticulture, regular contributor to garden magazines, presenter on Better Homes and Gardens radio and Garden Gurus TV. Sydney, NSW

How to make an aquaponics system

I met up with Charlie Bacon from Ecolicious to work on his project of converting an old backyard fish pond into an aquaponics grow bed system. Aquaponics is an amazing system that allows you to integrate a fish-filled pond or tank with grow-beds for vegetables and herbs. These very cool systems are a great approach to sustainability and they can be quite simple to build. Continue reading

Upcycled BBQ trolley to DIY potting bench

I hate waste and wasted opportunities so when I saw an old timber BBQ trolley on a kerbside throwout I started thinking about ways to reuse and ‘upcycle’ it into something useful for my garden like a timber potting bench, which is already the right height and can be easily moved about where you need it. It’s a bit of testament to modern manufacturing when the natural timber of the trolley long outlasts the metal manufactured component, isn’t it? Continue reading

Garden ghosts on Norfolk Island

After a couple of recent visits to Norfolk Island, a sublime place sitting like an emerald jewel in the glistening, turquoise South Pacific 1,200 or so kilometres east of Australia, I came away with much gardening and sustainable food for thought. Continue reading

War of the weeds

Helping out during a working-bee at my little girls school I found myself on my hands-and-knees pulling weeds. Whilst in this rather awkward pose pondering the meaning of life I was blind-sided by a realisation, it rocketed in unseen, uninvited and was quite unexpected. As a gardener this realisation is one that leads me to a rather guilty admission – I’m in awe of weeds. Continue reading

Funny old thing, sustainability

Funny old thing sustainability. Of late it’s become a buzzword but for many switched-on gardeners sustainable practices have always just been, well, sensible practices. Personally I describe myself as a pragmatic-suburban-sustainable gardener (and homeowner). I’m not some starry-eyed ideologue; I look at what’s practical, financially viable and provides the outcomes I need. Continue reading