April – Permaculture 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 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 watch them grow, or at least some of them. Let’s have a look at the jobs that we usually do during this month. General jobs in April Sowing, planting, harvesting I am pretty sure that I forgot about a few, but if so, I will update the list during the month as I… Read MoreContinue Reading
March – Permaculture 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 I have prepared a list of what is happening in our food forest in March. I’m pretty sure that I forgot about… Read MoreContinue Reading
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 fewer, 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 MoreContinue Reading
February – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, self-sufficient and 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… Read MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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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