December in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

December in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. Summer is here! Hot and humid days are going to be our companions for the next three months or so with more or less rain however, this doesn’t stop us from producing healthy and delicious food! There is no “food-growing brake” in a self-sufficient homestead. Firstly because we love naturally grown food without any additives, and secondly because there are many different foods that are happily growing during this time of the year. This article might give you some ideas about what can be done, sown, planted,… Read More

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November in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

November is the month when we can literally watch the food grow. The winter crop is gone, the last cabbages are transformed into sauerkraut and we concentrate on cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, capsicums, and co.
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October in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

October in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. We do sell some of our food forest plants and seeds online through our website. You will find the link below. The days are longer, temperatures are higher, and Mulberries and strawberries are having ripening competition 😀 October is also the time of the year when we need to protect our ripening nectarines, peaches and co. This article might give you some ideas about what can be done, sawn, planted, and harvested in the garden in October in subtropical parts of Australia. Note: this is all based… Read More

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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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Autumn – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

Autumn – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. March, April, and May are autumn months. The days are getting shorter and the summer heat is slowly going back. Very slowly, I would say. The ‘summer bugs’ are getting less, which is a bonus! We can start to sow and plant the winter crop. Yes! The time of radishes, brassicas and other subtropical winter veggies has finally arrived. Yummy! While March is still very hot and humid, the following two months will bring some relief, and the garden work becomes a pure pleasure. I promise! Listening to… Read More

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January – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

January – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture sustainable living designer, consultant and healthy food advocate. The summer is here. This is the time where we try to slow down mostly because of the high temperatures during the day. However, there are still some jobs you can do if you love your green space, and if you want to harvest all year round! I have prepared a list for you below and I am aware that this might be just a fraction of what is possible in January in subtropics. I have purposely limited it to the edibles I have in my food forest and… Read More

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Permaculture Subtropical Self-Seeding Edibles – Lactuca Indica – Chinese Sword Lettuce, Chinese Tree Lettuce, Indian Lettuce

Permaculture Subtropical Self-Seeding Edibles – Lactuca Indica – Chinese Sword Lettuce, Chinese Tree Lettuce, Indian Lettuce Are you looking for an easy-to-grow, self-seeding lettuce replacement? Don’t look any longer! Lactuca Indica, Indian Lettuce is one of the easiest edibles to grow in a subtropical climate and if you have it, you have it forever! The leaves are tender and you can harvest them while the plant is growing. The leaves can be eaten raw but you can also add them into stir-fries, cook them, ferment them and add or mix them with any other veggies. The older leaves can be used as cabbage replacement when cooked with a dash of… Read More

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