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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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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Sustainable Development – What is it and why is it so Important

Sustainable Development – What is it and why is it so Important by Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant What is sustainability? Most of us have heard about sustainability. Sustainable lifestyle, sustainable gardening, sustainable design, sustainable products – just to name a few. However, when it comes to describe the word sustainability, some people get confused. Sustainability has been defined in the World Commission on Environment and Development’s 1987 Brundtland report “Our Common Future” as ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ (Brundtland, 1987, p.1). The definition and the concept are pretty straight forward… Read More

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Traditional and Family Focused – Sustainable Christmas

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine The Beacon 🙂 Christmas is all about traditions and enjoying the time with loved ones. Thinking about traditions brings stories and memories back. Celebrating like our ancestors will not only keep the traditions alive but also save you money and it helps the environment. Here are some tips on how to celebrate a sustainable Christmas. These are all ideas from the time where people didn’t have other options than to celebrate sustainably mostly because of the limited resources. Let’s get back in time and help save our planet. Christmas tree – Consider a living tree. Turn your houseplant into a Christmas tree… Read More

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Poor Man’s Bean – The Forgotten Bean

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine The Beacon issue #12 Poor Man’s Bean – The Forgotten Bean by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture Consultant, Designer and Educator Poor Man’s Bean – also known as Old man beans, Hyacinth beans, Dolichos, Lablab beans, Rongai bean, Fuji mame I just love easy to grow vegetables and the Poor Man’s Bean is one of them. It is a short-lived perennial and according to a lovely lady I got the seeds from, it has been grown in Australia for a very long time. It has beautiful dark green leaves, the flowers are deep pink and purple and the young pods are pale… Read More

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Create an Insect Friendly Garden and Help Saving the Planet

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine The Beacon issue #12 Create an Insect Friendly Garden and Help Saving the Planet by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture Consultant, Designer and Educator   Our Life Depends on Insects Bug extinction is one of the most extensive extinctions on the planet. It’s scary because you don’t notice it until it’s too late (Worrall, 2017). According to a recent study (ScienceDirect, 2019), over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction. Having in mind, that most of our food is insect dependent, this is an alarming and very worrying prognosis. “If insects were to disappear, the world would fall apart — there’s no two… Read More

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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

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