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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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

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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

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Rosella Jam Recipe Quick And Delicious

Rosella is an amazing plant. You can eat the leaves, the calyx are great for tea, jam or to add into dishes. After trying few different recipes how to do Rosella Jam, I have found my own way to make it simple, quick, easy and delicious. There is no need to cook the seedpods to add some pectin into your jam. The calyx got more than enough of it as well. Ewa’s Rosella Jam Remove the seedpods from the Rosella calyx. You can cut or blend the calyx into small pieces if you like but I like my jam with some bigger chunks in it. Take 1 1/2 cups of raw sugar,… Read More

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Chili Garlic Organic Pest Control

Here the recipe for my Chili Garlic Tea I am using to get rid of the white mould on my plants and for many different pests in my garden. I always got it in my garden shed, ready to use. I take about 1 cup of chilies and 8-10 cloves of garlic, crash it together in a food processor, add it into about 1.5L of water. Bring it to boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Take off the heat, leave until cool. Drain through the sieve and keep the tee it in a jar. Before spraying, dilute 1:2, one part of the chili-garlic tea : two… Read More

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