Moon planting

Permaculture. I’m trying to find out about it and I always thought that it was just gardening terminology. Ok more than that, I know it’s a way of growing and nurturing with nature, for example using chickens to forage on fallen fruits – not that simplistic but you know, a holistic approach to growing plants and keeping animals.

By the green gods though – it’s much more than that! It’s so aligned to my secret religion (which will no doubt be revealed through these pages). I found this reference to an article from the Permaculture Association of South Australia’s 1988 Calendar explaining how permaculture practice can include planting according to the moon cycles.

This could be the start of my new permaculture obsession.

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Start at the beginning

How do you start to blog? The organiser in me was tempted to write a huge intro explaining my purpose, but my more chilled-out aspect argues that I should just start where my thoughts take me this day. So for the past few weeks these aspects of me wax and wane until after draft debut posts and dainty deliberations over choice words I began to realise that without spontaneous postings a blog might as well be dead. Three weeks after installing my blog software and I had no beginning. I was not born to blog it seems.

And yet….there is a purpose, there is….I can’t ignore it. I can’t just start this with a casual wave of my hand.

I’m not senselessly blogging into the 21st century because it’s cool. I’m doing it because I don’t have the patience to curl my fingers around a pen anymore. I want an account of our adventures into the unknown world of owning property. We’re moving to a hobby farm in two weeks and I’m scared. We’ve grown vegetables and herbs before but this is large scale. We are going to be responsible for the lives of chickens, ducks and also some cows in the near future. I don’t know anything about looking after them [i’ve planted some silverbeet to bribe the chickens into loving me]. I’m a passionate environmentalist but I can’t survive on philosophy alone. Even our water usage must be carefully scientific as we are just on tank water. I dream of worm farms and permaculture….but I feel a big knowledge deficit.


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