This blog will be discussing how we apply the permaculture principles of 'Produce no waste' and 'Use and value renewables' when it comes to water. It's permaculture, but it's also just good sense! It’s time to talk water! In our state, NSW, we have recently come into Level 2 water restrictions because of the rapid rate of decline in dam levels due to the drought. This means only watering with a bucket at approved times and drip irrigation for only 15minutes per day in approve
So apparently civilisation ends in 2050. A new report by the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration says that; "On our current trajectory...“planetary and human systems [are] reaching a ‘point of no return’ by mid-century, in which the prospect of a largely uninhabitable Earth leads to the breakdown of nations and the international order.” You can read the Vice article on the report here (There is an inspirational story coming, stick with me) "The only way to av
Perfectly green, monoculture (one species of grass) lawns are estimated to be the 4th largest crop in the US (similar in Australia). As far as a 'crop' goes, they give back a very poor yield: They require huge time, water, chemical, and energy inputs...and you can't even eat them. The bugs can't even eat them. THIS IS A PROBLEM in our current polluted and life-endangered situation ....But it's an easy problem to solve! WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES? -Flowers
WORKING WITH NATURE BEGINS BY SLOWING DOWN How do we place design elements where they are happiest, and need the least work from us? Through working with nature by observing. Take a moment. Sit in your garden, somewhere you don't usually. Just sit. Pay attention. Listen, look, smell. What do you find?
Is the ground here a bit wet? Is it really really sunny? A bit windy? what grows here? By following these simple observations you can more easily place what will naturally work
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
A green wall indicates a vertical growing space. Green walls are a great way to maximise your available space. Especially in urban environments. If in doubt, go vertical. At the moment I am trying to maximise our 'Zone 1'. In permaculture, Zone 1 is the area nearest your house, that receives the most human interaction and visits. By leveraging this human attention we are able to maximise the growing potential here. It also makes it the most convenient area for food production
My dream has come true. I have a chook tractor! Aaaaahhh *that was the angels singing from on high. Ever since learning about these ingenious mobile coops, I have longed for them. Since I'm hopeless at DIY ( I try, but I really shouldn't be allowed near a hammer), I mentioned it to my mum on a recent visit. Being a give-it-a-go type of person, she whipped one up for me in no time. Ta-da! Dream come true. Usually chooks in the veg patch is a disaster, being the voracious eater