August in the Garden – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

August in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. August in the garden… A happy, exciting, and busy time ahead! Well, we still have one month to go but I can already feel the spring 😀 Birds are singing and building new nests, duck families are emerging and Mulberry is showing new growth. The list below might give you some ideas about what can be done in August. Note: this is all based on my experience and the work we do in our food forest. Feel free to comment below if you would like to add… Read More

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July – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

July – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. We are pretty much in the middle of our subtropical winter. It feels to me like this is the perfect time for reflection. Reflection and appreciation about what is important to us and what we can do to maintain, or improve it. Strolling through the garden while enjoying the warming sunrays, meditating, sitting around the fire, enjoying the time with your loved ones, with the garden, and with yourself. I personally think that garden is a perfect place to reflect, meditate, and create while feeling the connection to… Read More

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June – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

June – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. June is the first winter month in the southern hemisphere. Sitting around a fire at night and appreciating the warming sun rays during the day make the time of the year very enjoyable. It is also the time when we grow and start to harvest our winter crop. The ‘summer bugs’ are nearly gone, and radishes, brassicas, and other subtropical winter veggies are thriving! June is also a good time to extend the growing beds or to build new garden beds. I got two favorites. Very easy to… Read More

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Homemade Vinegar Recipe

Vinegar is well-researched digestive support. The acetic acid (culture) in vinegar supports the function of probiotics & prebiotics in your gut. It is ideal as a blood sugar balancer and can help with digestion as it contains important digestive enzymes, and homemade is always best! This homemade vinegar recipe is a basic recipe and you can use it for all sorts of fruit. You can add it to salad dressings, or add a teaspoon or two to the homemade soup before eating, and mix a teaspoon with water and honey as a morning health booster.You can make your own vinegar from the fruit you grow at home like Pineapple for… Read More

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May – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

We are in the middle of the subtropical autumn. The very first “cold-weather” greens and veggies are ready for harvest. Others are starting to compete with each other and with the self-seeded ones which are also trying to claim some space in the garden bed and around, and I love it! Food everywhere 😀

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Hawaiian Pink Guava – Psidium Guajava

Hawaiian Pink Guava – Psidium Guajava Who doesn’t love a quick-growing fruit tree which bears delicious fruit within a couple of years after planting, contains lots of nutrients, and benefits your health? Guava is one of them! I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the blossoms and fruits forming just about years after planting the tree in my food forest. The plant was about one year old when I planted it into a slightly raised garden bed. There are many different guava varieties. I have been growing three of them, all delicious and easy to grow, but today, I will concentrate on the Hawaiian Pink Guava – Psidium guajava. General… Read More

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Longevity spinach – Sambung – Gynura procumbens – Perennial Spinach

Longevity spinach – Sambung – Gynura procumbens – Perennial Spinach by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer and educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate Longevity spinach, Gynura procumbens, is one of the plants everyone should grow. It is not only tasting delicious, and grows super quickly so can be used as biomass in your garden, but it also has many health benefits. According to Tan HL et al, “Gynura procumbens (Lour.) Merr. (Family Asteraceae) is a medicinal plant commonly found in tropical Asia countries such as China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Traditionally, it is widely used in many different countries for the treatment of a wide variety of health… Read More

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April – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

April – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. April is the month when we start to feel the Autumn, and we love it! The lower temperatures make gardening so much more enjoyable. The first winter seedlings are emerging out of the soil, and you can literally watch them grow, or at least some of them. Let’s have a look at the jobs which we usually do during this month. General jobs in April Regenerating, enriching the soil, and mulching, if not done yet. Check my previous articles and Youtube videos on how to do it. Sowing… Read More

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March – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

March – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. March is the month when we get busy! Very busy! Even dough it still feels like summer, we do have autumn. The winter sowing and planting have started and I am really excited about it! I also look forward to the following weeks when I can spend more time in the garden. The summer heat and humidity didn’t make it very easy lately. General jobs in March Pruning and trimming perennial bushes and vines and turning them into mulch. Those which don’t have any seeds go straight onto… Read More

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Autumn – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

Autumn – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. March, April, and May are autumn months. The days are getting shorter and the summer heat is slowly going back. Very slowly, I would say. The ‘summer bugs’ are getting less, which is a bonus! We can start to sow and plant the winter crop. Yes! The time of radishes, brassicas and other subtropical winter veggies has finally arrived. Yummy! While March is still very hot and humid, the following two months will bring some relief, and the garden work becomes a pure pleasure. I promise! Listening to… Read More

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