Growing food

Backyard permaculture – pre-design thinking

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Now that I’m half way through my Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) theory, I’m about to take a really good crack at some intentional design in terms of applying permaculture principles in an average sized garden. Below,  is the layout of the productive backyard that we now have after five-six years of ad-hoc design with permaculture principles in mind, […]

Growing food

Upfront-worthy veg

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We’re the hippies of the hood perhaps, with our mostly native rambling front garden but I decided to forge on a bit further and gently introduce some vegetables as it’s a great growing site. It’s a first for me in an Australian garden growing vegetables in the front (did it in the UK as we […]

Growing food

Why failing to grow is a yield too

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Back in Autumn 2015, I tried growing burgundy Okra from seed and a late winter planting. Fail. Not just me either, I shared some seedlings and no one had any luck.  I tried again in Spring, again sharing the few that had germinated through the local community produce share. I’m hopeful of finding out whether […]

Permaculture

You can take the girl away from the farm…

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The beautiful personalities of three Australorp chickens settling into the backyard has been a thoroughly enjoyable part of the Christmas break. I can’t describe how much I love them. I wake up and can’t wait to say good morning to them. Chickpea who turned out to be Chuckpea was swapped for a black pullet, at least…I hope […]

Farm Life

Evolving design: backyard farm with permaculture design ideas

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It’s fair to say that I’m still learning a lot about the micro-climate of our back garden after five years of growing here.  I’m also still learning a lot about permaculture by revisiting and thinking about the principles a lot. With the chickens now a new part of it, I did a quick messy sketch, […]

Farm Life

Branch by branch: backyard chickens

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I can hear it. That sound, of happiness and curiosity that I’ve missed so much. Those dark intelligent eyes and witty ways. Absent from my daily life for five years. Three chickens joined the garden yesterday, and my heart is brim full. Still cautious and alert in their new surroundings, so only a quick photograph […]

Growing food

Small and slow: garden to farm

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Having been here at our house for around five years, after downsizing from a large property, it has felt at times like a slow journey to transform  a garden devoid of anything but a few fruit trees into a backyard farm. Looking back at what I began back then, learning about building soil in the […]

Self-sufficiency & sustainability

Reducing household food waste

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This week, I took part as in interviewee this week in a very interesting  Food Waste research study about household food waste and was shocked to think about some of the statistics. “Research by the NSW Government shows that the average NSW household throws out $1,036 of food per annum. In looking at food waste around […]