Community Gardens – Sustainable Living in an Urban Environment

Sustainable Living Choices on the Fraser Coast Community Gardens – Sustainable Living in an Urban Environment By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer, Educator and Sustainable Living Consultant website: www.permaculturehaven.com email: permaculturehaven@gmail.com Homegrown is best! We all know that. I was talking about the benefits of backyard gardening in the Issue #5. Community gardening is another great way of growing healthy food and connecting with others.Community gardens are public places where people come together to grow food. This is a welcome, but not new, trend within an urban environment. “Community gardens have a long history dating back as far 100BC in the UK and the small Celtic fields of Lands End,… Read More

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Permaculture Gardening – How to Prepare Garden Beds after Harvest and before Planting

Permaculture Gardening – How to Prepare Garden Beds after Harvest and before Planting It is definitely worth it to give your garden some love. The garden will love you back and the gifts you receive are priceless. I personally think that naturally homegrown food is one of the most valuable things which lead to healthy and happy lifestyle. Our food forest is nearly six years old and needs only little attention. However, there are always some jobs to do in the annual garden, which is the zone one and zone two at our place. Taking care about the garden beds will ensure an ongoing success in terms of growing food.… Read More

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Sustainable Gardening – Pest Prevention and Management

Sustainable Gardening – Pest Prevention and Management By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant I recently wrote this article for our local magazine “The Beacon”  🙂 – Ewa website: www.permaculturehaven.com email: permaculturehaven@gmail.com There is no pest in a permaculture garden. Insects are very important as primary or secondary decomposers. Without insects, dead animals and plants would accumulate in our environment and it would get very messy. Some insects aerate the soil, the others pollinate blossoms, control other insects and plants or leave pests. Insects are helping us in creating the topsoil which we need to grow plants. When you spray chemical pesticides in the garden, you are… Read More

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Mulberry Jam Recipe – Super Easy! No Pectin Needed

Most of my recipes are quick and easy and this Mulberry jam is one of them. The most important is the result! I usually freeze the mulberries and use them for cakes, smoothies or to make a quick ice-cream by mixing the frozen mulberries with banana and/or yoghurt but when there is more space in the freezer, a jam is a great alternative to preserve Mulberries. I couldn’t find any simple recipe for the jam so made up my own and it turned out better than expected. Enjoy! Mulberry Jam Recipe – Super Easy! No Pectin Needed 6 cups Mulberries – rinsed 5 cups sugar 1/2 cup lemon or lime… Read More

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Fish Mint Plant, Fish Leave – Houttuynia cordata

Fish Mint Plant, Fish Leave – Houttuynia cordata Fish mint is one of the perennial edibles I don’t want to miss in my garden. I have it growing as a ground cover in the green house between capsicum, eggplant and tomatoe plants. It also grows in my pond as it is considered as a water loving plant but even though my greenhouse doesn’t sit in water, the Fish mint feels like it belongs there! The plant comes from China and North-West India and it is used there as a culinary and medicinal plant. The Pharmacogn Rev. (Kumar at al., 2014) ‘describes therapeutic efficacy of the whole plant and its extracts,… Read More

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Permaculture Design for the Rainbow Gully Community Commons – Community Garden in Hervey Bay QLD

It was a great pleasure for me to present the design and the 13 pages design report to the volunteers of the community gardens today 🙂 And because I know that many of you are interested in this project, I am happy to present you a little glimpse of the report which is the final design of the Community Garden – Food Growing Area. I just recently had the pleasure to design a 10 years plan for the Rainbow Gully Community Commons – Community Garden in Hervey Bay QLD Australia. The 13 pages design report is covering all elements of the design, detailed description of each element and additional notes… Read More

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Cake with Any Fruit – Super Moist Quick and Easy

Cake with Any Fruit – Super Moist Quick and Easy Again, this recipe is coming from my mum. This cake is so quick and easy to make that it would be a shame not to include it in my blog. You can do it with any fruit you just got, fresh or frozen. Enjoy! Add all these ingredients into onw bowl: 6 eggs 6 tablespoons oil – sunflower oil is best 2 cups of flour – I usually use the wholemeal flour or my own cassava flour (not starch) 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon white vinegar dash of vanilla 2 teaspoons baking powder 1-2 tablespoons milk –  to make… Read More

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Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe – Very Easy

There are probably plenty of fermenting recipes. This is the recipe I learned from my mum.  Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe Fresh white cabbage – clean and thinly cut. Leave one or two healthy leaves for later. salt – 20g or two flat tablespoons per 1kg cabbage some fresh garlic thinly cut – about two cloves per 1kg *Make sure that all your tools, equipment, your hands and working space is super clean. Otherwise, the sauerkraut gets upset, it will go off and your work was for nothing. Sterelise the jar, lid and the weight you put in. Check my video below if you want to know how to sterlise jars quick… Read More

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Appreciate and Plant Trees – It is Worth It!

Appreciate and Plant Trees – It is Worth It! By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant – this is the article I wrote for our local Fraser Coast QLD magazine “The Beacon” website: www.permaculturehaven.com email: permaculturehaven@gmail.com Trees are beautiful. Trees are majestic and they are all different. There is an endless variety of shapes, textures and colours. No two are alike. Some people say that trees are spiritual creatures with feelings, but there are more reasons to admire and plant trees. Carbon storage– Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air as they need it to grow. A 2019 study from the Swiss Institute of Integrative Biology suggested that… Read More

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We Have a Food Waste Situation – Part Two

We Have a Food Waste Situation – Part Two This is the article I wrote for ‘The Beacon’ magazine, Issue #21 By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant Food waste is a huge topic. As mentioned in the last issue #20 (thebeacon.com.au),the average Australian household sends roughly 4.9 kilograms of food waste to landfill each week (foodbank.org.au) Home composting is a great way to decrease the numbers but even composting should be always the last resort. Knowing what to do with unwanted food is an important skill. Reducing food waste will save you lots of money and contribute to a sustainable future. Think more – buy less.… Read More

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