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

Continue Reading

Manihot esculenta – Cassava, Manioc, Yuca

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine The Beacon Story and Images by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, gardener and healthy home grown food advocate. Ewa has also the Food As Medicine certificate from the Monash University. Manihot esculenta – Cassava, Manioc, Yuca Versatile, delicious, drought-tolerant and quick and easy growing vegetable. Cassava is a perennial woody shrub up to 3-4m, native to South America, growing best in tropical and subtropical regions around the globe. It is a very hardy plant and grows in nearly any type of soil. We grow it in our food forest for quite few years now. I have planted it in many different spots and… Read More

Continue Reading

The Black Elderberry, European Elderberry – Sambucus Nigra

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine “The Beacon” in the 7th edition Story and images by Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Educator, Gardener, Healthy Food Lover Mythical… Magical… Medicinal… Beautiful… Delicious… And it loves to grow in our backyards all over Australia! The Black Elderberry, The European Elderberry – Sambucus nigra I don’t see many of them growing around and that is why I love to share with you some information about this beautiful and useful plant. It is very pretty, frost resistant, bees love it, chickens love it and you can use it in so many ways! According to Wolf-Dieter Storl (trained professional anthropologist)… Read More

Continue Reading
Permaculture Sustainable Vegetable Gardening - The complete guide

Syntropic Agriculture and Permaculture

Syntropic Agriculture and Permaculture by Ewa Bekiesch I’ve been asked few times what is syntropic farming and whether we apply the syntropic farming methods into our permaculture gardening, courses and designs. Short answer: YES! Then comes the next question, what is the difference? Or is there any? Note: apart from the quoted texts in this article, any views or opinions are my own. First of all, let’s get into the bottom of it and find out what the word syntropy actually means. It actually comes from Greek syn=together, tropos=tendency and according to the Wiktionary, the free dictionary (wiktionary.org): “It was first coined by the mathematician Luigi Fantappiè, in 1941, in… Read More

Continue Reading

Grow And Enjoy! Your Own Tea!

(This is the article I wrote for our local monthly magazine The Beacon, Issue 3, 2019) Are you adventurous enough to drink more than just one sort of tea? If so, why don’t you grow your own herbal teas yet? It is healthy, delicious and it grows just at the reach of your hand! The collection in this photo are only few of the wide range you can grow in our beautiful climate of the Fraser Coast. Growing herbs and plants for tea is a permanent component of our food forest and not only a part of our sustainable living choices but also lots of fun having such a diversity… Read More

Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Vegetables

Story and Photo by Ewa Bekiesch, Certified Permaculture Designer and Educator, QLD Pacific Haven (This is the article I wrote for our local monthly magazine The Beacon, Issue 2, 2018) Let’s Talk Vegetables Based on the new report from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, all Australians (99%) aged 2–18, and 9 in 10 adults aged 19 and over do not eat the recommended number of daily serves of vegetables. The food we eat plays an important role in our health and well-being. Good nutrition contributes to quality of life, helps maintain healthy body weight, protects against infection, and reduces the risk of chronic conditions and premature death. Chronic… Read More

Continue Reading

Growing Armenian Cucumber And How They Taste

Also known as ‘Yard Long Cucumber’.  Light-green, ribbed, cylindrical fruit 20-60cm.  Thin, soft skin, so no need for peeling.  Best results when grown on trellis. Armenian cucumber plants prefer to grow in full sun for most of the day. The fruit is most flavorful when it is 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 cm) long. Grows quickly.  This cucumber is actually a melon, but is grown & eaten like a cucumber.It is the very first time for me to grow and taste the Armenian Cucumber. I am very amazed with this plant and I will add it to my list of regularly grown annuals in our food forest.

Continue Reading