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The main focus for our blog is to pass on information and tips about growing food using Permaculture methods, to help vegetable garden owners take responsibility for their garden and their own backyards allowing them to supplement their diet with real whole foods grown by themselves in a fully supported and natural way.


What is Permaculture ?

Means: permanent agriculture.

Permaculture is a way of incorporating the home, garden and surrounding environment into an organic sustainable way of life.

  • Permaculture works with nature to grow multi purpose companion plants.
  • One can  incorporate animals, beneficial insects and organic soils.
  • Producing food in ones backyard or balcony.
  • Permaculture can be implemented in front and backyards, balconies, roof top spaces, community gardens, school gardens, farms and semi rural properties.
  • Balcony gardens can include pots to grow herbs, vegetables and dwarf fruit trees.
  • Balcony railings can support climbing food plants.
  • Worm farms and pot full of water can include aquatic plants and fish.
  • Worm farms are a clean enclosed compost system that can be placed in a shady position on a balcony or in the garden. 
     A deep pot without a drainage hole filled with water can become a small pond with aquatic plants and fish
  • Backyards, roof top places, community gardens, school gardens can grow lots of multi purpose fruit and vegetables plants as well as including ponds, chickens, native stingless bee hives, composts, guilds and food forests.

Permaculture creates a natural and happy place. 

Chickens

    • Silky chickens provide eggs and fertiliser.
    • Great for turning over soil in vegie beds between seasons.
    • Good pets for children and will tolerate cuddles.
    • Can live up to 10 years.
    • Councils generally allow 5 chickens per household.
    • No roosters in urban areas.
    • Coup needs to be fox proof and have perches for sleeping.
    • They require nesting box in coup for laying eggs.
    • The only on going costs are seed and castings for coup floor.
    • Generally each chicken has particular characteristics and they will voluntarily go into their coup when it gets dark.

Silky Chickens

Fruiting guava

Small to medium size tree, full sun to part shade.
Provides good crop of fruit each summer autumn.
Cherry, strawberry or lemon flavoured fruits.

Flowering Guava

Flowering Peach

Small tree prefers cooler areas.
Beautiful pink flowers in winter which bees love.
Fruits summer.

Flowering Peach;

 

Community garden

growing veggies in raised beds

Growing food in containers and planter boxes


Gardening in small spaces

Gardening in small spaces

If you live in a unit with a balcony or a town house with a small court yard you can still grow herbs, vegies and fruit.

Pots and polystyrene boxes can be used in small spaces. With a little sunshine and premium potting mix an assortment of plants can be grown. With the polystyrene box make some holes in the base of the boxes to allow for drainage. Put some stones / pebbles in the holes of the pots and the base of boxes so the water may drain without soil leaching. Purchase quality potting mix like pot n peat. Healthy soil = healthy plants. Pots and boxes can be placed on feet for pots or garden / pot plant shelves.

Once you have all the materials plant out seasonal herbs and vegies, add colour with annuals and flowering plants. These flowering plants will attract good insects and pollinators. Dwarf fruit trees can be grown in pots. Climbers like beans, peas and passionfruit can be grown around vertical balcony railings. Worm farms can be used as they are clean and are self contained. Worm farms will take care of kitchen scraps and provide liquid fertiliser. Even a small pond can be created by using a medium to large pot which does not have a drainage hole. Fill with water add some aquatic plants, grow some water chestnut, keep native rainbow fish. The aquatic plants will act as filters and the rainbow fish will eat mosquito lava.

A small space can be made into a beautiful productive area.

 For more information see Small Gardens and Balcony Gardens


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