Reading some of the posts, i realise that i am in a very different climate and seasonal zone to many of you, but that permaculture tips are relevant for all of us. i have worked in a community permaculture garden in sydney for about 10 years and now reaching retirement in a coastal nsw town, i am lookimg forward to establishing a more modest personal garden. Before i signed up i was reading about some of the contributors using wooden edging on their garden, usually frowned on here because of both termite and very high fire dangers. we are looking at a serious drought this year. you may know that our last drought lasted ten years and our great dam for sydney got to 27%. that's for a city of 4 million people. water consciousness is always a hallmark of good gardens here. looking forward to learning from you all.