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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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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Fun gardens to make with kids

There are many things we can do to encourage children to enjoy nature. Growing a garden is one of them. Making it fun is another. Choosing the right garden could be your secret weapon in getting the kids out in nature. Upcycling is the new buzz word. It’s the process of transforming by-products, waste materials,…

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How to grow duckweed for your urban pond

Percy Ross once said “Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean”. I thought I would start small and grow duckweed in a bucket then move it to a pond. And who knows, my pond may help create more lakes and then…

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Vertical Pallet Gardens

I’ve seen plenty of vertical pallet gardens in coffee shops and I’ve always wanted to make my own. Pallets are usually readily available and are either free or cheap to buy. I picked mine up from a local agro/garden shop. They were free as they were a little broken. I have really enjoyed transforming pallets…

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