Category Archives: community

Winter Workshops & Permablitzes

Good morning gardeners, I’m sure I’m not the only one torn between enjoying the unseasonal July warmth and worrying that I shouldn’t really be this warm when we’ve only just passed the solstice. Hearing willy wagtails declaring their intention to … Continue reading

Posted in climate change, community, courses, events, microclimates, permaculture principles, planning, planting, resilient gardening, winter, workshops

Trees x 10…

Yesterday I was passing through Oaklands Estate Reserve at Marion. I paused to wonder what life would be like if, instead of navigating by the roads and railway lines, numbed by our devices, we instead found our way by the … Continue reading

Posted in community, permaculture design, trees, winter

Feb-March in Garden and Elsewhere

Dear Adelaideans and nearby gardeners, I hope that, like ours, a little rain has reached your patch this week after our dry, dry, dry, bone-dry January! That little bit will have to stretch a long way as it sounds like … Continue reading

Posted in climate change, community, Food, heatwaves, microclimates, summer, trees, vegetables

May Garden Guide

In this edition… Hot and smokin’: Multi-functioning the pizza oven – turning the chilli harvest into chipotle seasoning; making pizzas (hey, who would have thought?); and overnight baked beans. When shading isn’t shading: using shadecloth to capture light for subtropical … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, children, community, Food, fruit, maintenance, microclimates, recipes, trees

A ‘RetroSuburban’ Case Study of our suburban patch.

Over the past month I’ve been digging deeply into David Holmgren’s recently released book, ‘RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future‘. The book is based on the premise that for most households, making the most productive use of a … Continue reading

Posted in books, building, climate change, community, courses, events, permaculture principles, planning

Workshop – Fruit Tree Grafting with Sally

Good morning gardeners, Many of you have met my Mum, Sally, and seen her fruitful garden or her home-grown plants at the Organic Corner Store market. Mum is far braver about grafting than I am! It’s something that I haven’t practised … Continue reading

Posted in community, courses, Family, fruit, grafting, propagating, resilient gardening, winter

There’s an apex predator in my garden…

I presented this concept at City of Marion’s ‘Common Thread‘ sustainability series earlier this month. Today I’ll introduce you to Part One. This is my Mum. Her name is Sally. You might have met her around the traps. She’s usually surrounded by a … Continue reading

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