Garden Update #2: How I Added 10sq.m of Growing Space for $50

So I’m back again with another set of garden show-offs. This one, though, should be useful to those of you looking to expand your own growing space on the cheap. The question for me has been, “how do I create more growing space on top of the landlord’s weed mat, at a reasonable price?” The answer, it turns out, is mulch. Continue reading “Garden Update #2: How I Added 10sq.m of Growing Space for $50”

Garden Update #1: Silverbeet, Garden Pots, Worm Towers and Kratky Jars

I have a confession: I pretty much gave up gardening last year. Two-year-old Chipmunk, while overall an excellent experience, did not lend herself to me keeping anything other than her alive. As a result, my raised bed has been lucky to keep the silverbeet going as long as it has. Especially considering the heat wave in early January and the complete lack of water for two months prior. In fact, I thought they were completely dead, until THIS happened:

IMG_20150127 Pollard Silverbeet

Yep, that’s pollarding silverbeet. Who knew? Continue reading “Garden Update #1: Silverbeet, Garden Pots, Worm Towers and Kratky Jars”

Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC Opens February 7! (Plus My Review of the 2013 Course)

Geoff Lawton is running his third online Permaculture Design Course this year, starting February 7! You can find the official course brochure here. (I promise I won’t do too many shameless plugs like this. But both Geoff and Permaculture are awesome enough for me to wax lyrical about the PDC just this once.)

For those who don’t know him, Geoff Lawton is one of the big names in the Permaculture design, research and teaching world. He first took his PDC with Bill Mollison in 1983, and has been involved in aid work, designing and teaching since 1985. He runs the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia at Zaytuna Farm in Northern New South Wales. Continue reading “Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC Opens February 7! (Plus My Review of the 2013 Course)”

What Price For Food Security?

Source: TaxRebate.org.uk

One of the better Facebook pages I follow is the Weston A. Price Association. This morning I followed a link from them to an IndieGogo campaign from the Koanga Institute in New Zealand.

The Koanga Institute, for those not in the know, is New Zealand’s Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). They’ve also been supplying heritage organic seeds for the last three decades. Recently they’ve turned more of their attention towards regenerative gardening practices, particularly in the urban setting. Since I live in suburban Adelaide, this project has definitely piqued my interest.

However, so did a comment on the Weston A. Price page below the campaign link. A fellow Facebook user commented (I’m paraphrasing here) that $19,000 was a lot of money to grow food on 200 sqm, and how is that a model of food security? Continue reading “What Price For Food Security?”

How my Garden Grows: Garlic Sprouts

Who knew pre-peeled garlic cloves could still sprout? Not me!
Who knew pre-peeled garlic cloves could still sprout? Not me!

This morning when I went to the fridge to grab garlic for my 24 hour crockpot chilli, I found them sprouting. Tiny little white roots have appeared on almost every clove, and sprouts were coming out of the top of a dozen more. That’s unusual, since I buy my garlic pre-peeled in one kilo (2.2lb) bags.

At first I was simply going to chop them off and throw them in the chilli anyway. Continue reading “How my Garden Grows: Garlic Sprouts”