Category: Design

3 Simple But Sustainable Ways to Build Tomato Cages

The fact of the matter is that tomatoes are, indeed, perennial plants when in their native tropics, but that is also beside the point because some foods, perennial or not, are just too damned tasty to fully wave goodbye to. There is a time and a place to play with tomatoes in the greenhouse, see how many years they might last. But, ultimately, when spring rolls around and temperatures start […]

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The Five Zones of Permaculture – Zones Two to Five

The Five Zones of Permaculture: The best way to break down a permaculture ecosystem is into zones. Zones are a great way of boiling down the elements of our design based upon the frequency of human use and plant or animal needs. Elements which are attended to frequently are located closer to the dwelling and those that need limited contact or thrive in isolation are located further away. The zones […]

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Gardening with Woodchips: What, Why, How and Who?

With permaculture, we can grow plants using imaginative techniques and materials, negating or diminishing the need for synthesised chemical additions to the soil and using nature and the ‘soil food web’ as our guide. Because we need to ‘Observe and Interact’ with what is going on in our system before adding things in, every site is unique and so what works for one person may be ineffective in a different […]

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Why We Use Swales and How to Do It Appropriately

A swale is one of those permaculture terms that probably gets thrown around to readily (or inaccurately) and perhaps implemented irresponsibly. Only a few years into my permaculture career, I have certainly been guilty of this, and I have distinct memories of mistakes I made with regards to both attempting to construct swales and putting them in the wrong place. In my defense, and perhaps to my own credit, I […]

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System Diversity

We all know that the bio-diversity is the utmost important model of growing edibles. I want to draw your attention to the system-diversity as well dear reader. I call myself a backyard farmer. While I cram things into my back and front yard, I make sure that I don’t rely on one single system for my food production. If one system stops producing, I should still have others to produce […]

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Simple Ways to Reduce Waste in Landfills

Disposing of garbage in landfills is a common practice in many countries around the world and it’s done by burying it in the ground. Needless to say, this is an environmental hazard since most of the waste is non-biodegradable, that is, it can take thousands of years to disintegrate. But guess what, there’s something you can do about it. The solution to reducing waste in landfills lies with you. And […]

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The Five Zones of Permaculture – Zones Zero and One

The Five Zones of Permaculture: The best way to break down a permaculture ecosystem is into zones. Zones are a great way of boiling down the elements of our design based upon the frequency of human use and plant or animal needs. Elements which are attended to frequently are located closer to the dwelling and those that need limited contact or thrive in isolation are located further away. The zones […]

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How & Why We Are Going to Build a Mandala Garden

Let it be said from the outset that the following discussion of mandala gardens is based on a relatively large one, over 100 square meters, that a host of volunteers and I will soon be doing for the Garden of Hope in Guatemala. Our mandala garden, as most mandala gardens are, will be a series of keyhole beds, so in this article, we will be sure to discuss what exactly […]

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Denmark’s Sustainable Energy Programs Inspiring Transitions Around the World

Denmark’s transition to renewable energy is an inspiration to countries around the world, looking to implement their own sustainable programs to decrease reliance on fossil fuels. With more than 45 per cent of Denmark’s total electricity powered by wind in 2016, and an entirely self-sustainable island off the country’s coast, the stage is set for Denmark to continue on its path to eliminate the need for other sources of energy. […]

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How About Temperate Climate Forest Gardens?

There’s a few books on how to make a forest garden, all wonderful, but actually, where are they? How many people have actually done it in the 40+ years since permaculture came to be? There have been reports of tropical, and desert systems, but not much from the temperate climate. In this chat, you will find out the result of four years of work, from the idea to the book […]

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Proposal from Tesla Encourages Discussion About Renewable Energy in Australia

Finally, the Australian government is considering the potential benefits of addressing the country’s energy crisis with solar batteries – thanks to a $33 million bet with billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. In the past, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbill said a “rush” to increase Australia’s generation of renewable energy would result in more expensive, less reliable power. Following a proposal from Tesla’s Elon Musk, Turnbill is changing his tune, even tweeting […]

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Why Your Garden Needs A Herb Spiral Design Solution

What is a herb spiral It is a vertical garden that makes use of limited garden space by horizontally accommodating plants along its spiral design. It has a base diameter of around 1.5-2m while its height is 1-1.3 m. It is built on level ground, preferably layered at the bottom to keep weeds at bay, and the walls are built using bricks or stones. The herb spiral not only offers […]

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