What’s New! October 01, 2013

  • Added a new DIY article on No-Dig Gardening, this article explains how to build a garden that makes its own soil, and never needs digging! Instructions include how to convert your existing garden to a no-dig style garden, and how to build a no-dig garden from scratch on top of any surface, including hard surfaces such as paving, concrete or asphalt, all in a few easy steps!

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Angelo Eliades is a presenter, trainer, writer, permaculture consultant, urban permaculture pioneer and food forest specialist.
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1 Response to What’s New! October 01, 2013

  1. Andy Rad says:

    Hi Angelo,

    I have found your site to be amazingly intriguing and I have learnt many things in here. My love for permaculture began with growing a few nonkosher plants in my back yard during varsity. The experience of giving a plant love, letting it live in a natural organic situation and watching it thrive deeply resonated with me.

    I have subsequently read Gaia’s garden II, watched many Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison videos and I’m up to book four in the Anastasia series. I feel like all of this has significantly contributed to my knowledge of what permaculture means for us and our planet.

    On the permaculture side I have constructed a grey water gravel bed, a hugelkultur vegetabel bed and a pergola, as well as collected many bonsai trees, and developed many young plants.

    South Africa is unfortunately not nearly as progress in permaculture as Australia is. Concepts such as organic farming, and sometimes even bio-dynamic farming can be heard. But the individual responsibility of taking care of the earth hasn’t yet spread significantly enough. I suppose that could largely be due to the fact that the majority of the country is still struggling to get proper housing and dealing with other problems. Unfortunately a lot of people are focused on superficial targets of success, such as a fancy car, rather than creating a beneficial space of love for their family and their community. And the results are apparent in the widespread violent crimes and anger.

    After the land grabs in Zimbabwe a few years back, and the subsequent sanctions on imports, that country has developed a lot of African-based perma solutions. I believe Bill Mollison himself went to Zimbabwe and started a permaculture institute.

    But I think I would like permculture to become viral in South Africa, and the world, ofcourse. So when that time comes I would like to be ready, so I will keep developing practices that work best here in Cape Town so that I am ready to play my role when it comes, as you are in Melbourne.

    I was hoping you could share some knowledge with me.

    In Cape Town we have a mediterranean climate (wet moderate winters and hot dry summers). A lot of the traditional mediterranean fruit trees do quite well, such as figs, olives and citrus. However, many of the fruit trees that you have grown so successfully such as the stone fruit, and also the raspberries and blackberries would not fruit successfully in Cape Town, without the required chill hours.

    I have tried to find out what the exact chill hours are in Cape Town, so hopefully I’ll discover that somewhere, but they are definitely very low. I would like to know what kind of chill hours you experience in Melbourne, and if anything can be done to reduce the need for chill hours?

    Thank you for any advice you can provide.

    All the best,


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