Welcome to Planet Schooling

We are excited to launch our new project, Planet Schooling. Our inspiration, our muse, is the Planet Earth. Once again we have been motivated to offer an educational option for aspiring gardeners who want to create a backyard farm, parents who want to homeschool, educators who want to support kids to ‘unschool’, and people who want…

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What can I do with my excess kombucha and kefir?

So you’ve fallen in love with fermenting your food and making your own kombucha…but you suddenly realise that you have huge amount of kombucha, kefir and other yummy goods that are growing out of control and your family isn’t as big as your microbe family. So now what? Time to step-up your waste free living…

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How to make concrete teddy bears

Toys are readily available today and it’s estimated that around $1 billion is spent in Australia annually on retail toy sales. The need to keep buying toys for children can stems from parents needing to fulfil a personal need, feelings of guilt or just wanting the ‘perceived best’ for the child. Obviously this overconsumption is having…

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Creating a Zone 5 in your Permaculture Design

Wild plants and animals have inspired writers, artists, musicians and nature lovers for many centuries. Creating a wildlife garden that mimics nature is not a new idea. In the eighteenth century gardener Richard Payne Knight rebelled against the prevailing standard of establishing formal gardens and created beautiful wild gardens. The clearest way into the Universe…

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Can children create a permaculture design?

This was the question put forward to me back in Brazil in 2007. Can children create a permaculture design? My answer was, but of course!  Teachers from various public schools in Pirenopolis, Goais invited the NGO – Ecocentro IPEC, in which I am involved, to implement a program that would support students to re-design their public…

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Adding a water element to your garden

Any garden improves with water. When planning your garden, leave 10 to 15 percent of the area for water culture and water gardens. Water plays an important role attracting predators such as birds, frogs and beneficial insects to the garden. The choice of a water detail will obviously depend on the available space in the…

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How to Clean Your Jewellery Naturally

We think of our homes as a refuge, where we feel safe from the outside world. But the truth may be the opposite. The average home today contains over sixty-two chemicals. Curiously that’s more than a circa-1900 chemistry lab. So when you are wanting to clean your jewellery, simply go natural. Most of your favourite…

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How to make a Mandala Garden

The word mandala comes from Sanskrit and means holy, magical or sacred circle. Humans have always used mandalas. The Mayan calendar, the medicine wheel of the First Nation, Stone Henge, the Celtic spirals and the Tibetan wheel had symbols originated in mandalas. The mandala symbolizes the whole, the coordinated cycles of time and space, uniting the…

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