January – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

January – Permaculture Sustainable 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 where 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… Read More

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Elderberry Cordial Recipe – Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Cordial Recipe – Elderberry Syrup This is a very easy to follow recipe. Elderberry – Sambucus nigra, grows very well in most parts of the world. If you are interested in this plant, check my article here for more info about this amazing plant. This is a basic recipe and can be used in different ways: diluted in cold or hot water, as a topic for cake or ice-cream or you can use it to make a delicious liqueur. Per 1.5kg Elderberries, only black ones, cleaned and without green stalks, you need 750g sugar and 1L water Place water, sugar and elderberries in a large pot and bring to… Read More

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Summer – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

Summer – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture and sustainable living designer and consultant. January, February and March are the hottest months in Australia. Well, this is the summer time so what else should we expect? This is also the time where we slow down with seeding and planting, and enjoy our hardy self-seeding and perennial edibles in our food forest. The garden beds need to be watered every day unless we get some rain, which may come or not, while we still harvest our annual spring vegetables. The gardening hours are limited in this time of the year. The most work is done in… Read More

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Time to Reflect on 2021…

Time to Reflect on 2021… Hello my lovely friends, What a year this was! We all know that the recent past wasn’t easy for many. The last two years have shown that nothing can be taken for granted and it doesn’t take much to bring uncertainty and anxiety among people. However! There is a Polish saying that “it doesn’t matter how bad things go, they will turn to something good at the end” or “there is no evil that would not turn out to be good” Well… I was reflecting on it and I found one very important positive change: huge number of people have started to grow their own… Read More

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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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Sustainable Gardening – Pest Prevention and Management

Sustainable Gardening – Pest Prevention and Management By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant 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 not only putting your health at risk. You are killing the beneficial little creatures which are part of… 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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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 garden. Perfect for small size backyard. The keyhole garden is a combination of a compost bin and a raised garden bed. 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 part of greens. Worms and microorganisms will turn the garden waste into natural fertiliser and enrich soil in the the… Read More

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We have a Food Waste Situation – Sustainable Living Choices

We Have a Food Waste Situation – Sustainable Living Choices By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”― Bill Mollison Food Waste Globally ‘Food waste is a huge global problem. According to the United Nations Environment Program and their Food Waste Index Report 2021 ( unep.org) issued at the beginning of March 2021, the world wastes about 17% of all food produced. That is about one billion tons of food a year, which is over 2 trillion (2,000,000,000,000) pounds or about 931 billion (931,000,000,000) kilograms. More than half of food waste happens at home,… Read More

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