Add Permaculture to your toolbox

From news reports, we are bombarded by signals of distress of toxic wastes, famines and expiring species, of wars and climate change. Never have so many systems vital to the earth’s habitability been out of equilibrium simultaneously. So why not awaken to the urgency of this global challenge? As a strategy to accelerate the transition…

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Making Eco bricks

For most of the lower grade plastics we use, there is no market to recycle, meaning that they are currently being sent to landfill.  So it’s up to each individual to start taking responsibility for there own trash. The easiest thing is to refuse to buy products that have lots of packaging. Yet if you…

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10 Easy to Grow Vegetables

If you have never planted before, starting a garden can be a little daunting.  But the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zones are plenty. Creating an organic garden reduces toxicity in soil, air, water and your body. Organic veggies have more flavour so you get the real taste of food. Also an organic garden…

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Our inspiration in Brazil – Ecocentro IPEC

Ecocentro IPEC is an ecological centre that is snuggled in the valley of Mar de Guerra in Pirenopolis, Goais, the savannah of Brazil. It’s one of a kind. A giant dome of more than 200 unfired bricks will greet you. And if you’re lucky enough to spend the night, a thousand stars will light your…

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Turning a Lawn into a Lunch

Lawrence Halprin once said that “The great challenge for the garden designer is not to make the garden look natural, but to make the garden so that the people in it will feel natural.” Looking at my front yard I knew that their had to be change, I didn’t feel natural in it. The small pine…

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Garden success – lessons learnt in my permaculture garden

Four months after building my garden I have had many pleasant surprises. My garden is pumping out vegetables and herbs. A bountiful spring harvest! Too many to eat, I have been sharing cucumbers, beans, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, beetroot, eggplant and so many greens with my neighbours and friends. Such abundance! Growing my own food brings…

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How to make a insect hotel for your garden

There are some 10 quintillion insects buzzing around the planet at this moment. They are the largest biomass of the terrestrial animal on the planet and play an extremely important role in keeping us alive. Insects spend their time pollinating the flowering plants and trees, which produces most of the food we eat. Some of…

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