How to make a labyrinth garden

A labyrinth is different to a maze. You enter a maze to loose yourself and a labyrinth to find yourself. The philosophy of a labyrinth is that there is no choice along the way. The only decision is whether you enter it and trust that the path will lead you to your goal. With their ageless…

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How to Reduce Pet Waste

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with 38% of Australian households owning dogs. Research has shown that dogs improve the quality of our lives, they are amazing companions that can help easy anxiety and increase overall happiness. They are great exercise companions and are a fantastic reason to get…

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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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