Chop and Drop Gardening (Sheet Composting)

Permaculture is all about working efficiently and in harmony with Nature. We can garden far more efficiently, with far less effort, and improve the soil at the same time by emulating Nature’s soil building processes through practising Chop and Drop gardening. How do most sustainable gardeners garden? At the end of each season, many gardenersContinue reading “Chop and Drop Gardening (Sheet Composting)”

Weeding Without Chemicals or Digging

Weeds growing on path and driveways, though crack or gaps in concrete and paving, or in empty garden beds are very easily taken care of without chemicals or digging. How is that possible you may ask? Go put the kettle on, then come back here and I’ll tell you! Seriously. One of the most effectiveContinue reading “Weeding Without Chemicals or Digging”

Biochar: The Oldest New Thing You’ve Never Heard Of

Here’s a great video on biochar by Wae Nelson at TEDxOrlando  that shows what a difference biochar makes to plants, people and the planet! Wae Nelson was employed as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace and defense industries for many years, working both as a designer and as a manager in manufacturing. Now he publishesContinue reading “Biochar: The Oldest New Thing You’ve Never Heard Of”

Hugelkultur Bed Construction for Large and Small Spaces

Learn how to construct two different types of Hügelkultur raised beds which will allow you to compost all those heavy branches, tree trunks and woody prunings while at the same time improving the fertility and water retention of your soil. The first design is a traditional Hügelkultur bed for those people with big gardens andContinue reading “Hugelkultur Bed Construction for Large and Small Spaces”

BIOCHAR Ancient Origins, Modern Inspirations – Guest Post by Paul Taylor

Guest Article by Paul Taylor, PhD Biochar Consultant, thebiocharsolution.com “Biochar, produced in pyrolysis of residues from crops, forestry, and animal wastes, can be used to restore soil fertility while storing carbon for centuries to millennia. Biochar helps soil retain nutrients and fertilizers, reducing emissions of GHGs such as N2O….” James Hanson In this article youContinue reading “BIOCHAR Ancient Origins, Modern Inspirations – Guest Post by Paul Taylor”

All Nations Food Forest – A Project Not Realized

“No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.” – Julius Caesar   Important Announcement: There will not be an All Nations Food Forest project! Our contribution: We the founders of the project Angelo Eliades, John Pinniger and Charlie Si created the All Nations Food Forest project concept for a councilContinue reading “All Nations Food Forest – A Project Not Realized”

All Nations Food Forest – Understanding the Design Process

The term design can mean many things to many people, so it’s important to understand what the design process actually is, what it entails and its intended purpose and objectives. Functional design has a purpose and aims to solve a problem. The design that it delivers is a solution to that problem. Aesthetic design onContinue reading “All Nations Food Forest – Understanding the Design Process”

All Nations Food Forest – Proposal and Pre-Design Considerations

Welcome to All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project, and possibly the first in Australia!   In the first part of this case study – All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project, we looked at how the All Nations Food Forest Project gotContinue reading “All Nations Food Forest – Proposal and Pre-Design Considerations”

All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project

  Welcome to All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Food Forest Project, and possibly the first in Australia!   Food forests are Nature’s way of growing food, the most sustainable and productive system known, that require minimal effort to maintain by taking advantage of ecological processes that have evolved and been perfectedContinue reading “All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project”

Worm Farming DIY articles posted!

If you’ve ever thought about getting a worm farm, already have one and would like to learn how to better take care of it, or would like to build your own, then check out the two new articles on worm farming! Worm Farming – this article explains almost everything you need to know about runningContinue reading “Worm Farming DIY articles posted!”