Permaculture Gardening – Keyhole Garden

Permaculture Gardening – Keyhole Garden recommended by Ewa Bekiesch – certified Permaculture designer and educator, sustainable living consultant – Permaculture Haven An amazing all in one solution. Great for any size of garden. Perfect for small size backyard. The keyhole garden is a combination of a compost bin and a raised garden bed. The compost bin is functioning like any other compost bin and should be treated like that. However, no need to remove the compost Think about keeping the right balance of TWO parts of brown material : ONE part of greens. Worms and microorganisms will turn the garden waste into natural fertiliser and enrich soil in the the… Read More

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We have a Food Waste Situation – Sustainable Living Choices

We Have a Food Waste Situation – Sustainable Living Choices By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”― Bill Mollison Food Waste Globally ‘Food waste is a huge global problem. According to the United Nations Environment Program and their Food Waste Index Report 2021 ( unep.org) issued at the beginning of March 2021, the world wastes about 17% of all food produced. That is about one billion tons of food a year, which is over 2 trillion (2,000,000,000,000) pounds or about 931 billion (931,000,000,000) kilograms. More than half of food waste happens at home,… Read More

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My Kimchi Recipe

So many recipes out there! And mine is the next one 😀 But seriously, I got lost while checking all the Kimchi recipes online so I tried my own version and I am very happy with it so I need to write it down before I forget it again 😀 My Kimchi Recipe Ingredients: Wombok – Chinese cabbage – cut in cubes (keep one or two outer leaves, only the soft parts) Daikon Radish – cut into thin sticks Carrot – cut into thin sticks Shallots – cut into 4-5cm pieces Salt – 20g / 2 tablespoons per 1kg ingredients Ginger – crashed or finely grated fresh Chilli – crushed… Read More

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Sustainable Development – What is it and why is it so Important

Sustainable Development – What is it and why is it so Important by Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant What is sustainability? Most of us have heard about sustainability. Sustainable lifestyle, sustainable gardening, sustainable design, sustainable products – just to name a few. However, when it comes to describe the word sustainability, some people get confused. Sustainability has been defined in the World Commission on Environment and Development’s 1987 Brundtland report “Our Common Future” as ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ (Brundtland, 1987, p.1). The definition and the concept are pretty straight forward… Read More

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Traditional and Family Focused – Sustainable Christmas

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine The Beacon 🙂 Christmas is all about traditions and enjoying the time with loved ones. Thinking about traditions brings stories and memories back. Celebrating like our ancestors will not only keep the traditions alive but also save you money and it helps the environment. Here are some tips on how to celebrate a sustainable Christmas. These are all ideas from the time where people didn’t have other options than to celebrate sustainably mostly because of the limited resources. Let’s get back in time and help save our planet. Christmas tree – Consider a living tree. Turn your houseplant into a Christmas tree… Read More

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Poor Man’s Bean – The Forgotten Bean

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine The Beacon issue #12 Poor Man’s Bean – The Forgotten Bean by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture Consultant, Designer and Educator Poor Man’s Bean – also known as Old man beans, Hyacinth beans, Dolichos, Lablab beans, Rongai bean, Fuji mame I just love easy to grow vegetables and the Poor Man’s Bean is one of them. It is a short-lived perennial and according to a lovely lady I got the seeds from, it has been grown in Australia for a very long time. It has beautiful dark green leaves, the flowers are deep pink and purple and the young pods are pale… Read More

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Create an Insect Friendly Garden and Help Saving the Planet

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine The Beacon issue #12 Create an Insect Friendly Garden and Help Saving the Planet by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture Consultant, Designer and Educator   Our Life Depends on Insects Bug extinction is one of the most extensive extinctions on the planet. It’s scary because you don’t notice it until it’s too late (Worrall, 2017). According to a recent study (ScienceDirect, 2019), over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction. Having in mind, that most of our food is insect dependent, this is an alarming and very worrying prognosis. “If insects were to disappear, the world would fall apart — there’s no two… Read More

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Fruit Tree Guild – Grow Healthy Food… Under Your Tree!

This is the article I wrote for our local Fraser Coast QLD magazine “The Beacon” Grow Healthy Food… Under Your Tree! There many different ways of growing healthy food: in pots, wicking beds, different kind of raised garden beds, hugelkultur, aquaponics, vertical garden, the list goes on. Depends on the space and available materials, you might choose one or many different ways of growing food in your garden. One of my favorites is growing food under the trees. The space under the tree is mostly forgotten and it would be a shame not to use it. This method of growing food is called the Permaculture Guild and it is about companion… Read More

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Tiramisu

One of Sebs favorites 🙂 This is a quick and simple recipe with such a great result! Depends on the region in Italy, the recipes may differ a little. I got this recipe from an Italian restaurant owner in Munich where I used to live. Its the best recipe ever! Tiramisu Ingredients: Lady finger biscuits strong coffee – cooled down into room temperature 4 fresh eggs 140g pure icing sugar or ground white sugar into powder 500g Mascarpone cheese 2cl Amaretto liquor – it musst be Amaretto to get the real Tiramisu flavor pure cacao for the top Distribute the coffee over the biscuits generously and on both sites Whisk egg… Read More

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Rosella Cheesecake Gluten Free

I started to make my own green banana flour since one of our banana plants broke under the heavy weight of the still not ripe bananas. Yes, we could have supported it but then, I would not have the banana flour which is super healthy, gluten free and perfect for all sorts of cakes. You can make this cake with a normal flour as well. Rosella Cheesecake Gluten Free 1. For the bottom you need: 4 Eggs pinch of salt 80 grams raw sugar or caster-sugar pinch of vanilla sugar 130 grams green banana flour or any other flour of your choice 1 teaspoon baking powder Turn on the oven… Read More

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