City Kids Move to the Country – Part VII

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My property has been behaving itself since my last City Kids update. Without the tropical downpours and flooding Queensland suffered last summer, it’s been much easier to manage. The slope down under the house no longer hosts a makeshift waterfall, and the gravel driveway has stopped flowing like a river and getting washed down the… Read more »

How a Single Women Transformed Her Urban Garden into a Productive, Organic, Tropical Paradise

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You don’t have to know her street number to find Rosina Buckman’s place. All you need is the street name. Winner of the Edible Landscape Award from Australia’s Sunshine Coast Council in 2009, her garden spills out into the nature strip, bursting with plants. Her driveway, once a barren front lawn, is now edged with… Read more »

Farm tour of Kin Kin SOULS: Permaculture Demonstration Site (plus, one tip you must know before for setting up your first swale)

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Tom Kendall may look like your typical pot-smoking hippy, but in fact, he’s one of the most hard-working individuals you’ll meet. He’s dedicated his life to developing a Permaculture demonstration site and educational facility, Kin Kin SOULS: Simple Organic Utopian Living Space, on his 34 acre property.

City Kids Move to the Country (and One Moves Back Again) – Part VI

Posted by & filed under Demonstration Sites, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Fungi, Markets & Outlets, Medicinal Plants, Plant Systems, Recipes, Trees, Urban Projects.

Pit-falls, projects and laughs from our Permaculture journey. Ah… Autumn… beautiful! “It’s just too hard!” the voice in my head said. “How am I going to cope with the house, garden, turbo-charged grass and eroding drive-way on my own, now that Chris has moved back to Brisbane for work?” Then my eye was caught by… Read more »

City Kids Move to the Country – Part V

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Pit-falls, projects and laughs from our permaculture journey – Part 5 “What’s that smell?” asks Chris. “I don’t know. It’s really familiar. It smells like… cat food,” I reply. “It smells like shit,” he says.

City Kids Move to the Country – Part IV

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Editor’s Note: This article was written in mid-December, when Queensland’s rains were nothing like that witnessed of late, and which have caused the catastrophic flooding in many towns and cities across the state. I mention this to ensure people realise Nicola was not being insensitive with timing of a Queensland- and water-based article. Our thoughts… Read more »

City Kids Move to the Country – Part III

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Pit-falls, projects and laughs from our Permaculture journey When Chris and I first got together, he used to wake up to his socks, t-shirts and towels carefully draped over his DJ equipment, where I’d laid them during the night to cover any glowing or flashing lights. A somewhat sensitive sleeper, trying to sleep in a… Read more »

Kids Move to the Country – Part II

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Pit-falls, projects and laughs from our Permaculture journey “Andrew, I need to talk to you about something,” I’ve sought out the new president of the Community Garden at Peregian Beach, Andrew Maitland, to ask an important yet delicate question. “Yes?” “It’s about slugs,” “Slugs?” “Yes, I have a lovely, bumper crop of slugs.”

City Kids Move to the Country – Part I

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Pit-falls, projects and laughs from our Permaculture journey "How does a tree make a mango? I’ve never thought about it like that before, but isn’t that crazy? A tree can make a mango!" "Yes, dear,” says Chris. We’re driving around the back streets of Cooroy, getting to know our new extended neighbourhood, and we just… Read more »