A very peaceful Easter

Happy Easter, Adelaide.


NB: may not be an actual bunny egg.

It’s a strange one, I know, without camping and all the gatherings that usually go on, but maybe a time to reshape (not lose) some of the rituals that mark our seasons and cultures. And to do some reading! (more on this at the end).

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We talked recently about zones, and I used this central permaculture concept as an analogy for how I was approaching care of home and community while physically distancing. Today the same zoning concept can apply to what we’re doing over Easter.

And, since we’ve all had our lives reshaped by a scary microbe, it seems timely to check in with some of the friendlier microbes in our lives. Continue reading

Posted in autumn, Family, fermenting, Food, gifts, hanging out in the garden, pandemic, zones

Happy Plague :) Planting in April 2020


As this isolation thing unfolds, I have never felt less isolated in my life. Every day of ‘lockdown’ uncovers more community connections and deepens family relationships. There is so much meaningful work to do that it hasn’t had a chance to become boring (yet) and rarely do we look for entertainment (in which case one need look no further than a pair of chooks catching slaters in the compost!) Continue reading

Posted in autumn, chooks, community, dirty fun, Family, Food, maintenance, planting, raised garden beds, seedlings, seeds, soil, vegetables

FREE eBOOK: Starting a Garden in Adelaide – a guide for beginners

Happy Sunday, Adelaide gardeners!

The new PDF format eBook is now up on a new page of Nadja’s Garden and is free to download. (Update 30/3/20: file is now compressed to 8MB)

FREE eBOOK: Starting a Garden in Adelaide – a guide for beginners

Please feel free to share with your gardening (and about to be gardening) friends. There will be improved editions to come, replacing this first edition over time.

Love, Nadja.

Posted in permaculture design

Support for home gardeners during COVID-19

Good morning gardeners,

Amidst the current chaos I hope that you are finding an oasis of peace in your gardens. Perhaps a few of you may be just beginning your own garden and yet to discover what a source of comfort, security and emotional release it can be at times like this.


While we’re all affected by the pandemic situation (not just the virus but the far-reaching impacts of its disturbance to ‘normal’ life) I hope to share information and encouragement for resilience at home and in the garden. And I hope that every single one of us, and every single household or family that gardens can become a hub of calm, organised action and of compassionate support within our own circles. 

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Posted in community, Family, hanging out in the garden, pandemic, resilient gardening, time management, zones

Autumn at Home – The Silver Lining in the Health Crisis


Of all the times to be interrupting our usual busyness and spending more time at home, what season could be lovelier than autumn? The ground is still warm, there’s water in the tanks and there’s still sunshine to get a vast range of vegetables growing. Yes, it may be scary to see empty supermarket shelves, but all the more reason to get planting. Physical separation from others doesn’t mean we can’t still have cups of tea in the garden and chat at a safe distance – even if we choose to bring our own cup. Handwashing may be a health necessity, but it’s so much more satisfying when those hands have garden soil on them.

I feel very grateful that permaculture has connected me and my family with a community of people who care about being skilled up in good old fashioned productivity and resourcefulness. Uncertain times are easier to face when we have a routine of practical strategies to attend to, and when we know that we’re in this together, young and old, frail and strong. Continue reading

Posted in autumn, children, community, Family, Food, pandemic, planning, planting, resilient gardening

Spring 2019 News – and a recipe :)

In this issue:

  • Seasons that defy the calendar
  • Voila! Delicious dinner from whatever is growing right now
  • Community gardens, workshops and events
  • Trees x 10 pilot activities are underway
  • Spring planting suggestions

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Posted in community, fruit, Local food, planning, planting, propagating, seeds, spring, trees, vegetables

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 nest nearby and magpies jostling for territory, seeing rogue apples setting fruit when they should be dormant… all in all the season feels scrambled.

But there hasn’t been much time to dwell on this, with so much productive climate action going on. In between Trees for Life planting, Trees x 10 planning and drawing trees into home garden designs, I’ve been collaborating to prepare a workshop –“Perennial Plants and Resilient Human Habitats” – focused on how we suburban dwellers can use trees and other perennials in climate mitigation and adaptation, with Permaculture SA.


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