May – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

We are in the middle of the subtropical autumn. The very first “cold-weather” greens and veggies are ready for harvest. Others are starting to compete with each other and with the self-seeded ones which are also trying to claim some space in the garden bed and around, and I love it! Food everywhere 😀

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Hawaiian Pink Guava – Psidium Guajava

Hawaiian Pink Guava – Psidium Guajava Who doesn’t love a quick-growing fruit tree which bears delicious fruit within a couple of years after planting, contains lots of nutrients, and benefits your health? Guava is one of them! I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the blossoms and fruits forming just about years after planting the tree in my food forest. The plant was about one year old when I planted it into a slightly raised garden bed. There are many different guava varieties. I have been growing three of them, all delicious and easy to grow, but today, I will concentrate on the Hawaiian Pink Guava – Psidium guajava. General… Read More

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April – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

April – Permaculture Sustainable 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 the 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 literally watch them grow, or at least some of them. Let’s have a look at the jobs which we usually do during this month. General jobs in April Regenerating, enriching the soil, and mulching, if not done yet. Check my previous articles and Youtube videos on how to do it. Sowing… Read More

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March – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

March – Permaculture Sustainable 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 Pruning and trimming perennial bushes and vines and turning them into mulch. Those which don’t have any seeds go straight onto… Read More

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Easy Way To Protect Plants From Sun And Bugs

I just have to share it with you as the gardening makes so much more fun since I started to use the nets over my annuals in the raised veggie patch. It protects the plants from the strong sun we have in Australia over the summer time and of course the bugs have nearly no chance to get in means more harvest for us :).The water comes through as well so easy watering. You just need to make sure that the net you buy is food safe. The best you can buy is made of brand new HDPE: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is used to make bottles for fruit… 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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Slow-Smoking Smokehouse Dimensions

For all who asked about the measurements of our smokehouse, please see below. It is just a quick drawing to give you the idea about how we have done it. I hope it helps 🙂 Cheers The fire place which you can see on the left is bigger than you would usually need for a smokehouse but we use it as a wood fired BBQ as well so it works for us very good both ways.Here again the link to the video how we built the smokehouse, how we prepare the meat for the slow smoking and a sneak peek of the smoking process. How to build a smokehouse How… Read More

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