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By lorraine caddy

laundry soap – suitable for greywater and safe for plants

With summer fast approaching, and gardens needing more supplemental watering, my thoughts turn once more to grey-water recycling. I had tried it a few summers ago, just using Wilmaplex rubber funnels to gain easy access to waste water via the inspection plugs on the pipes, but my plants were not happy with the laundry water.  […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

What is Permaculture & How Can it Meet Our Needs?

A collaborative brainstorm which produced two mind map graphics. On 1st June, 2019 I was invited to Introduce Permaculture at the Coolum Women’s Shed – Garden Group start-up.  I wasn’t sure how much the group knew or what I should share with them.  So, I used a knowledge harvesting technique I learnt from Robin Clayfield […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Loving Nature, Natural Building & All Things Permaculture!

The “Health And Awareness Tree” (HAAT) was created By Hannah Bruzova.  In her words… My mission and intention is to provide a forum for us to share and inspire one another with information about health and well being.  Also inspirational quotes and images that are uplifting for the soul. I love the ability we have […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

DIY Worm Farm

The first thing I noticed was the loose, dry soil: To garden in this is going to be a nightmare!  It needs something absorbent, which will knit the particles together & keep the water in.  Humus is just the thing.  But how do I make that?  Well, that’s created by soil life which breakdown organic […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

THE JACKFRUIT TREE & ME

Beneath the branches of this tree I will create a living tropical ecosystem. I have 32 of these seedlings to plant (once mature enough – you can see their progression below). On the 30 acres upon which I live. I plan to restore my environment from manmade desert – back to it’s original state of […]

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By renata McStay

My journey, renting and feeding my family

Southland NZ. After being forced to move house and area twice in the last year and a bit, my family and I are grateful to have found a rental house with a few fruit trees, a long term agreement and great landlords that let me have some freedom in developing the area that once was […]

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By Katrina Swan

Mandala Garden

We moved onto our property about 3 years ago, given there was nothing but 4 deteriorated mudbrick walls on a concrete slab, a 40 ft container housing an old tractor, a sauna (priorities right?) and heaps of trees, we had and still have lots of work to do. After organizing a roof over our heads, a […]

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By John Clark

Bunya Pines – growing from seed and eating

I recently was fortunate enough to be given a whole Bunya Pine cone from a friend who has a mature tree on his property. The kids and I stripped the cone down to approximately 80 good nuts. We did some research and found some interesting information about these trees. The advice for planting the seeds […]

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