Angelo Eliades

Wellbeing Gardening – Gardening for the Body, Mind & Spirit

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. — John Burroughs (1837-1921), American naturalist and writer Gardening is a very healthy hobby, on so many levels. It’s not just about filling our tummy either, there’s a lot more to be had from a well designed garden than a tasty meal! If we properly understand our relationship to plants and […]

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Food Forests and Natural Pest Control – Observations

Hearing Geoff Lawton speak about the effectiveness of natural pest control in food forests during my PDC studies is what originally prompted me to design and build a backyard food forest garden. Nature taking care of pests in the garden? It sounded too good to believe, and coming from a science background, I just had to test the concept out. After all, any good science can be replicated! Four years […]

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Perennial Plants and Permaculture

Rhubarb Currently, approximately 80% of the food crops grown in the world are annual plants, and it’s been this way for quite some time. Perennial plant food crops are pretty much in the minority in terms of how the human race derives its nutrition. Permaculture strongly emphasises the importance of using perennial plants in our food production systems. When we consider the permanent agriculture aspect of permaculture, it should be […]

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Food Forests and Earth Stewardship

In Nature, all things are interconnected to each other, and in permaculture we strive to understand the relationships that comprise the ecological web of life. Through understanding the relationships in an ecological system, we can model these to  build similarly sustainable systems. Of all the ecological relationships we might encounter, possibly the most important (to us) is the relationship of humanity to the rest of Nature. One of the greatest […]

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Permaculture and Philosophy

We can teach philosophy by teaching gardening, but we cannot teach gardening by teaching philosophy. — Bill Mollison The place of philosophy in Permaculture has always been a contentious subject and for very good reasons. The very identity and credibility of the design system of permaculture rests on its sound scientific underpinnings and foundations. Through the definition of strict boundaries of what can and cannot be added to the body […]

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Permaculture Lawns

I hate lawns…. — Bill Mollison (‘Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution – An Interview with Bill Mollison by Scott London’) Lawns, love them or hate them, they are one of those features of modern life that we take for granted, though we’ve long forgotten their origins. We have lawn because we’ve ‘always had lawns’, without questioning why…. Most permaculture practitioners loathe them frankly, seeing the space are valuable ground better utilised […]

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Why Food Forests?

Image source: Permaculture a Beginner’s Guide, by Graham Burnett We’re all familiar with the concept of forests — lush, abundant expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with life, a richness of biodiversity and awe-inspiring to behold. Trees and plants intertwined, filling every possible space, the very well-spring of life itself! Forests exist fine on their own. There’s no mowing, weeding, spraying, or digging required. No pesticides, fertilisers, herbicides or nasty chemicals. […]

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Lessons from an Urban Back Yard Food Forest Experiment

Editor’s Note: Some of you may remember my Magic in Melbourne post, where I covered the back yard of a certain urban wizard named Angelo, and his sidekick Louie. Well, Angelo gives us a great update on his progress below. It’s a very inspiring read, as I’m sure you’ll discover. In our modern, Western, science-centred world, proof is very highly valued. We are habitual sceptics, our minds are trained to […]

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