Permaculture Design for the Rainbow Gully Community Commons – Community Garden in Hervey Bay QLD

It was a great pleasure for me to present the design and the 13 pages design report to the volunteers of the community gardens today 🙂 And because I know that many of you are interested in this project, I am happy to present you a little glimpse of the report which is the final design of the Community Garden – Food Growing Area. I just recently had the pleasure to design a 10 years plan for the Rainbow Gully Community Commons – Community Garden in Hervey Bay QLD Australia. The 13 pages design report is covering all elements of the design, detailed description of each element and additional notes… 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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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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Permaculture Sustainable Vegetable Gardening - The complete guide

Syntropic Agriculture and Permaculture

Syntropic Agriculture and Permaculture by Ewa Bekiesch I’ve been asked few times what is syntropic farming and whether we apply the syntropic farming methods into our permaculture gardening, courses and designs. Short answer: YES! Then comes the next question, what is the difference? Or is there any? Note: apart from the quoted texts in this article, any views or opinions are my own. First of all, let’s get into the bottom of it and find out what the word syntropy actually means. It actually comes from Greek syn=together, tropos=tendency and according to the Wiktionary, the free dictionary (wiktionary.org): “It was first coined by the mathematician Luigi Fantappiè, in 1941, in… Read More

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Wolkenschieber – Clouds Slider Slice

Wolkenschieber! Some people call it Prophetenkuchen. I know this cake from Germany. It is a perfect way to use egg yolks when you made Pavlova the day before 😀 Quick, easy and delicious! I have this recipe from a German page. You can serve it  Wolkenschieber – Clouds Slider Slice 6 egg yolks 6 tbs sunflower or other oil 80-90g (depends how big the egg yolks are) wholemeal or about 100g plain flour 6 tbs 40vol. alcohol like vodka, scotch, rum or other (you won’t taste the alcohol after baking) 80g melted butter some pure icing sugar Baking time: 5-8 minutes at 230-250°C. Pre-heat the oven. Whisk the egg yolks… Read More

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