Propagating Rosemary Caroline and I have a dream of a rosemary hedge. It’s a long-term dream, because our growing season isn’t quiet long enough to make it happen very quickly. So we’ve taken the long view, and plotted out a five year plan to reach our goal. This is year one, the year for growing lots of rosemary in pots. Beautiful Covered Terrace Ideas To enjoy your outdoors even during autumn, the focus is on a covered terrace, which will protect you from cooler temperatures. For more inspiration, discover 10 outstanding ideas for covered terraces that will make you love your outdoors in autumn as much as in spring. To enjoy the view of the pool while being protected, you can opt for a roof that will cover part of the pool. Piecing Together a Guild of Your Own Photo: Panorama (Courtesy of hardworkinghippy) In the scheme of permaculture food production, harnessing the most out of nature whilst using its own attributes, creating plant guilds ranks pretty high up there. Most of us know them in simplified forms such as the three sisters—corn, beans and squash—or companion plantings like carrots and onions or tomatoes and basil. While these combinations are great things to be familiar with, the larger lesson is learning to create more systemic guilds on our own.
How To Grow A Kiwi Plant From Seed Kiwi is a fruit you can use in plenty of healthy recipes, from salads to desserts. Having this ingredient close by can prove very helpful when you need a quick dish but at the same time some fresh produce. If you think you are suitable for home gardening, learn how to grow a kiwi in the comfort of your house. From seed to fruit, we will show you what steps you need to take and what decisions to make. Springy Decorative Ideas to Revive Your Garden Decoration The spring is finally here! In this flowery season, we usually have a huge need to enjoy our gardens and our outdoors after long months of hiding inside our interiors from the cold winter! If your garden, your terrace or your backyard needs to be redecorated, don’t hesitate to revive it to feel the freshness of spring & summer.
How to Build a Worm Tower A few years back we put this short video clip up on YouTube with Permaculture Schools Gardening expert Leonie Shanahan talking about her worm tower. Well the idea seems to have caught on as little colourful worm towers are now springing up everywhere in the Permaculture landscape. While filming a segment with Geoff Lawton recently in his “Soils” DVD we saw an interesting variation that was built into a tank garden laden with vegetables. Some people are worried about using PVC pipes and the one we filmed was made of a heavy concrete pipe construction. It was laden with thousands of Compost Worms and the vegetables grown were bursting at the seams with goodness. So how do you do it?
My Byrd House: Basil Pruning Tutorial ... Really! One of the tastiest treats from the garden has to be fresh pesto.You can get my recipe for fresh pesto here.With this goal in mind I planted some basil in my garden a couple of years ago. What a pretty little basil plant. I put it in my garden and watered it and weeded it and waited. Tree Houses for the child within… Just for fun! If the idea of a tree house doesn’t stir your imagination, you might want to check that your heart is still beating The great news is that there are lots of inspired adults around the world determined to fulfil their childhood desires! Lots of inspired adults around the world determined to fulfill their childhood desires! Of course, you may have to fight the kids for possession, but as you can see from some of these, a tree-house can be big enough for everyone. BTW, have you ever wondered why tree-houses don’t end up all bent and twisted as the trees grow?
A new twist to a key hole/circle garden – mini worm farm Using an empty 2 Lt bottle, cut off the bottom. Fill with worm castings and worms leaving space for some raw organic vegetable waste. Plant the bottle in the middle of a large container, leaving a small amount exposed at the top. Cover with a pot. Planter DIY Water Reservoir (Dabbletree) Keep your container garden happy and thriving on long hot days by installing a hidden water reservoir. All you need is an empty plastic bottle around the same height as your planter. It will be easier to start with a new planting than an established container. Cut.
DIY Spiral Herb Garden - The DIY Spiral Herb Garden is a small space garden method that is not new but there are plenty of twists on it (twists…snicker). I’ve seen them made with all manners of materials such as garden stones, bricks, bamboo stakes etc. I decided that I wanted to use recycled materials and make this as EASY as possible. What can I say, I’m a lazy gardener. I just want results without the calluses or the expense. My version was designed for attracting Bee’s and Butterflies to my garden.
Permaculture Guilds Permaculture is based on natural systems like those that we see in forests. In a forest system, there are mulitple layers of vegetation growing together in a very diverse setting. We see many types of trees, shrubs, plants, insects, animals, and various other things all living together in a system that continually strengthens itself.