This Christmas we were at Mum's place. It was a great holiday all round, but the bit that excited me the most was seeing how her permaculture design implementation was coming along. I'd put together a design for the new place just before her renovations started last year, so I was keen to see it in action. You can see the design here. The site is on the Gold Coast, QLD. A tropical climate compared to the cool temperate of home in the Blue Mountains, NSW. The Problem: the heat
They're finally done! Hallelujah! This has been a very long term project that has had to fit itself around my very small children. I've been building these things for almost 6 months, sometimes with help, mostly not. The slope you see in the before photos was created after we had our new driveway installed. It's on a significant slope so a fair bit of excavating was done.
This is the downslope of the hill and the bottom of the driveway. OBSERVATIONS
-sits under a huge pine
Generally feeling depressed about getting a career going in permaculture. What do I know? Why should people listen to me? What do I have to offer? I'm chewing on these thoughts over months. It's easy to get trapped in them. Especially where I live. In the Blue Mountains, friggin everyone is a permie. Amazing ones too! There are so many people who know sooo much more than me and have been doing it for soooo much longer. What could I possibly contribute? I'm brooding away on th
Here's a quick, free way to get perennial herbs and flowers started in your garden. This works well with most woody stemmed plants. I've had the greatest success with lavender, sage, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Step 1 - take your cutting Find a friend, community garden, neighbour, or even council owned land with plants you like. Snip off a few hard-stemmed bits 10cm long or longer. I've started to travel with secateurs in the car for when something catches my eye! Ask permis