February – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

February – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, self-sufficient and sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. Hot and humid! However, nature is generous with rain at the moment and we appreciate every single drop and enjoy the food we harvest at this time of the year, and there is plenty to harvest! We are not running out of jobs in the garden, however, we are limiting the work to the early morning and/or very late afternoon hours. In addition to the summer gardening jobs listed below, February is the month when I prune all sorts of my perennial and self-seeding bushes. Especially Pigeon… Read More

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January – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

January – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, self-sufficient living consultant, and healthy food advocate. January and February are the hottest months in Australia. The gardening hours are limited at this time of the year but we don’t stop growing food. I usually sort my jobs by priority and the list below shows pretty much my food forest summer priorities. Most work is done in the morning and late afternoon. It doesn’t make much sense to grill yourself during the day. Sitting on the veranda and enjoying a cold drink while planning your autumn garden or reading an interesting book is a much better… 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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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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