Category Archives: courses

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

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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June Garden Guide

What a frosty start to winter! Here’s hoping this means good fruit set for all the cool temperate fruit trees this year. HARVESTING All sorts of goodies have been turning up around here lately – some seasonal, some surprising – … Continue reading

Posted in courses, Food, fruit, hanging out in the garden, maintenance, markets, planning, planting, propagating, pruning, trees, vegetables, winter

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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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

Posted in community, courses, ethics, events, Food, hanging out in the garden, Local food, permaculture design, permaculture principles, planning, resilient gardening, sustainable food, workshops

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

Posted in autumn, community, courses, ethics, events, permaculture principles, workshops

Composting tips – and workshop on Wed March 18

  “Old gardeners never die; they just very slowly turn into the most magnificent compost. But what a marvellous, active brew it is!” – Peter Cundall Different composting methods break down the material in different ways, using different helpers – so … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, children, community, compost, courses, dirty fun, events, Family, fertiliser, hanging out in the garden, permaculture design, planning, recipes, soil, workshops