Category Archives: permaculture design

September-October in our garden

Springtime moves so fast! And seems to go in all directions at once – wind from everywhere and then nowhere at all – hot, cold, wet, dry – and suddenly everything is blooming and seeding and exploding and chirping and … Continue reading

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July? nope… August Garden Guide

My Undoing. Let’s just say July didn’t go entirely the way I had planned. First, the incredibly inspiring, sustainable-living folks I was really, really looking forward to meeting on our winter family holiday couldn’t be there after all.  Next, I … Continue reading

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June Garden Guide

In this edition… Welcome to winter Soil reconditioning We’re all going a bit weed-mad Chooks & Compost June veg planting

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February Garden Guide

Just one sleep to go until the new school year. Not that anyone’s counting. Tomorrow I will remember just how short the working day is when it’s squeezed between school drop-off and pick-up and moth-holed with appointments, and I’ll remember … Continue reading

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January Garden guide & Happy New Year!

What do you do when life hands you lots of lemons – and grape leaves? Make dolmades!

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December Garden Guide

    What a different spring this has been from last year, when summer’s scorching heat arrived so early. This time spring has lurched along indecisively, giving us sudden huge downpours and even peppering one of the few really hot … Continue reading

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Great big garden tour – and November guide

I promised a virtual tour of our garden in lieu of the open day which was cancelled recently, and here it is. It seems the weather agreed with the decision to call off the event, as it ended up raining … Continue reading

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Spring Open Day Cancelled

We are reluctantly cancelling our spring open day for health reasons and apologise to all who had planned to visit. We were looking forward to spending the afternoon with you! I intend to post a garden tour in pictures on … Continue reading

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Garden guide coming soon…

Morning gardeners, the October garden guide should be along later this week – it’s on my to-do list, just behind catching up on consultation and design work that has been delayed by the storms. Don’t panic – the soil is … Continue reading

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What a difference a couple of years make

Nearly two years ago I visited Brigitte’s new home to help her design her garden. At that stage, it was a blank canvas – front and back yards had been carved out of very alkaline, compacted clay subsoil and covered with … Continue reading

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