Category Archives: community

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

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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

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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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May Gardening Guide – Mediterranean climate

Welcome back, my old friend May, with your drizzling rains and your shorter days! With your soft sun inviting me out to play! Other old friends are back too, like soursobs and thistles – they do no harm, but to … Continue reading

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Productive gardens: a permaculture approach

This Wednesday evening at Marion Cultural Centre I’ll be presenting “Productive Gardens: a permaculture approach”. What’s T-Rex got to do with it? Come along and find out. It’s a free event, with presentation followed by an interactive segment. Arrive 6.45 … Continue reading

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December Garden Guide

  Summer has started early here, with some serious hot spikes, strong winds and a devastating early bushfire north of Adelaide. In suburban gardens, water, shade and timing are everything. This is a weekend for planning, monitoring and keeping cool! … Continue reading

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Compost workshop

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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

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No-Dig Garden Beds Workshop – JUNE 10 (CHANGED DATE)

No-Dig gardening was first introduced by Sydney gardener Esther Deans in the 1970s. It involves building up layers of organic materials above the ground which gradually decompose to form rich garden soil. No-dig gardens can be built on existing soil, … Continue reading

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Permaculture Workshop Experiences – Keys to Success in Community Projects

I presented the Introduction to Permaculture workshop on Sunday 29/3/15, hosted at Bellevue Heights Primary School, and it included a visit to the school’s developing garden, which has been designed and set up by Permie Pedro Design and Chris Day of … Continue reading

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