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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Kids gardening – How to artcycle old pots

I love upcycling! It saves me money and I reduce the amount of things that go into the landfill.  I avoid excessive rubbish and essentially I won’t consume raw materials that are costing the earth. Waste “Did you know that Australia is the second highest producer of waste per person in the world at approximately…

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Basic points of building an urban chicken coop

When I was growing up in Brazil at the Ecocentro IPEC, I had a little black chicken. My chicken followed me everywhere, and when my mum wasn’t watching, I would let her into my room at night to sleep under my bed. She would stay in my room until she laid an egg on my…

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How to make an upcycled raised garden bed

Many urban people wonder whether their children will “miss out on experiences” if they move to the countryside. Well, I grew up in the country and I wouldn’t have had it any another way. Growing up in the country was the best thing my parents could ever give to me as a child. I learnt…

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