February – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

February – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. February is one of the hottest months in our subtropical parts of Australia. Hot and humid! We are thankful for every single drop of rain and appreciate the food we are harvesting at this time of the year, and there is plenty to harvest! We are not running out of jobs in the garden, however, we are limiting the work to the early morning and very late afternoon hours. Additional to the summer gardening jobs described in my post here, February is the month when I prune all sorts… Read More

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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 the garden. Perfect for small-size backyards and gardening with kids as it can be built at a different height depending on your needs. The keyhole garden is a combination of a compost bin and a raised garden bed where both complement each other perfectly. 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… Read More

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January – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

January – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture sustainable living designer, consultant, and healthy food advocate. The summer is here. This is the time when we try to slow down mostly because of the high temperatures during the day. However, there are still some jobs you can do if you love your green space and if you want to harvest all year round! I have prepared a list for you below and I am aware that this might be just a fraction of what is possible in January in subtropics. I have purposely limited it to the edibles I have in my food forest and got… Read More

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Fermented Cucumbers – Quick and Simple Recipe

Everyone knows that fermented foods are healthy and considered a superfood. Many years ago, when I helped my mum by fermenting all sorts of food, it was not about health only. Lots of veggies are in abundance when in season so preserving them was a good way to use them all, avoid spoilage and enjoy them for longer. Preserving food was also a must if we wanted to enjoy summer veggies in winter as the shops didn’t have the variety on offer like today. Only seasonal fruit and veggies were available. Apart from fermenting foods, we also dehydrated, pickled and frozen all sorts of fruits and veggies, and you will… Read More

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Christmas Honey Cookies – Gingerbread

Christmas Honey Cookies – Gingerbread Delicious and easy-to-make traditional German Christmas cookies. I have been asked to share this recipe so here it is! Would love to hear from you how you and your family liked the honey-rich, soft and crumbly gingerbread. Comment under the article below and let me know or tag @PermacultureHaven when you add your images to the social media 🙂 Ingredients: Whisk eggs + sugar. Add honey and combine. Add remaining ingredients, except wholemeal and baking soda, and combine. Combine wholemeal with baking soda and add to the mix. Knead the dough thoroughly, wrap it in foil and leave for about one hour to rest. Cut… Read More

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December in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

December in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. Summer is here! Hot and humid days are going to be our companions for the next three months or so with more or less rain however, this doesn’t stop us from producing healthy and delicious food! There is no “food-growing brake” in a self-sufficient homestead. Firstly because we love naturally grown food without any additives, and secondly because there are many different foods that are happily growing during this time of the year. This article might give you some ideas about what can be done, sown, planted,… Read More

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November in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

November is the month when we can literally watch the food grow. The winter crop is gone, the last cabbages are transformed into sauerkraut and we concentrate on cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, capsicums, and co.
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October in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

October in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. We do sell some of our food forest plants and seeds online through our website. You will find the link below. The days are longer, temperatures are higher, and Mulberries and strawberries are having ripening competition 😀 October is also the time of the year when we need to protect our ripening nectarines, peaches and co. This article might give you some ideas about what can be done, sawn, planted, and harvested in the garden in October in subtropical parts of Australia. Note: this is all based… Read More

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Mulberry Orange Jam Recipe – Delicious!

I just experimented and the result is fantastic! If you also have lots of Mulbberries you might want to try this simple-to-follow recipe. Mulberries don’t contain lots of pectins so orange and lime are helping out here. They also add a nice flavour. Any questions or comments? Simply use the comment section below. Mulberry Orange Jam Recipe – Delicious! Tips:

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Cream Cheese Cake – German Style – Delicious and Easy to Make

Cream Cheese Cake – German Style – Delicious and Easy to Make This was always the “must have” cake at any summer party in Bavaria Germany, where I used to live before moving to Australia. Hope you enjoy it as much as we and our visitors always do 🙂 Ingredients: For the sponge cake: Preheat the oven to 170°C (top and bottom heating option). Whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla until nice a creamy and the sugar dissolved. Combine gently with flour mixed with baking powder. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Let it cool down on a tray. The sponge cake must be cold. I usually… Read More

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