Planning & Design

Self-composting beds & New life ~ June ’17 Round Up

Hello fellow Growers! We hope you have been enjoying the season as much as we have. Last month we showed you our progress with putting up our fence and gathering supplies. We also started our indigenous and medicine garden and set up our earthworm farms and started composting. Quite a lot has happened since then: from landscaping and prepping self-composting beds to starting nurseries and making liquid fertilizers – even growing some food! Our garden is situated between two long…

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New Garden, Dew Drops & Spiderwebs & Good Ol’ Manure ~ May ’17 Round Up

    The Seasons are changing. The nighttime grows colder, longer; quieter. Morning’s coming later; creeping in with the mists of the sea, over the wetlands towards Our Garden. The chickens sleep in a bit longer now. So does Merlin, aka Blue, the resident peacock. The horses don’t seem to mind or even notice: like old friends of Time, they do not even rise to greet each other anymore. They just carry on, as usual, knowing they share an unspoken…

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The Song of Soil & A Tale of pH

To Garden is to be part Artist, part Scientist & part Dancer. The Artist seeks & sees beauty (in many forms). The Scientist questions, calculates and experiments. And the Dancer weaves between leading and being led. In this Dance of the Garden, we are partnered with Nature. Hearing her music. Moving with her rhythms.  We cannot make the sun shine, that is her domain. Her song. Part of the universe. And when the tides are turned, and we are reaping…

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Permaculture: Principles & Ethics

“One of the most important things about permaculture is that it is founded on a series of principles that can be applied to any circumstance—agriculture,urban design, or the art of living. The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things.” ― Juliana Birnbaum Fox, Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide Central to Permaculture are the three ethics: care for the earth, care for people, and fair share. They form the foundation…

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Create a Chameleon Friendly Garden

When I was six years old, I had a “pet” Chameleon. She lived on the bush next to our post box and every morning I would go out to find her. It fascinated me how she could blend in with her surroundings and I felt I had a very special friend. Growing up as kids, we got to know which of the garden hedges were most liked by the chameleons and if we ever found one in an unsafe place,…

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Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur, is a German word that is pronounced Hoo-gul-culture and means “hill culture” or “hill mound”. It is a composting method that allows you to grow in the mound you have created. It is a long lasting system that feeds the bed for years to come. Hugelkultur mounds can be as simple or complicated as you like.They can be big or small, above ground or dug deeper into the ground (great for very poor soil). Take a look at the…

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Planning Our New Hugelkultur Strawberry Mound

We have really grown to enjoy our little strawberry patch. It is no longer a little patch at all, really! They have multiplied so much in the last two years that we are keen to create a bigger spot for them over at our new urban farmstead. After doing some research we have chosen to play with the Hugelkultur method. We just love the idea of our kids being able to pick the strawberries while standing up. We also like…

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