Archive for the ‘Australasia’ Category

Woodchip is a great soil amendment and adds nutrients into the soil slowly, I have observably proven this to myself last year on my Allotment where I stashed a few wheelbarrows of woodchip on a section of my plot because otherwise the communal woodchip would likely have been finished by the time I needed some.
Once I dug my pond out, I covered the mound of woodchip with the soil from within the pond, about 6 months later I finally started a new project in the place of the mound of soil where I discovered the very well composted woodchip and noticed when digging that the topsoil layer was darker within a few inches under the topsoil line, when I compared this to a section just a meter away, the soil was lightly coloured and only darker very close to the surface line…

Below is a great video proving and showing from day one to 8 years on, the soil is even dug down seriously deep to prove how far the amendment reached until the soil quality becomes poor again.

 

Important Note: If you obtain free woodchip from your local Tree Surgeons, always ask what tree/s were chipped! Basically, Broad Leaf are usually Alkaline or Neutral PH (Oak is Acidic though) and Coniferous are Acidic PH, So use Conifer Woodchip for pathways as less weeds will germinate amongst the mature rotting chips as well as a mulch for Acid loving plants like strawberries and Blueberries. Use the Broad Leaf for your beds and as a soil amender!

Video courtesy of youtube channel OneYardRevolution

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (2016) Documentary

This Documentary follows on the subject of Eco Village / Community based settlements, filmed in Australia with some commentary from David Holmgren and is a joyful watch, you can see a few mini homes built from recycled materials etc…

There are discussions about the world banking system and how even it needs a radical change in order to secure a better future, this is a very interesting documentary for anyone interested in the subject or similar

Hello everyone, welcome to 2017!!

I have been on an overseas trip for a while so haven’t been able to post anything until now, this post is to thank those who visit the site whether regularly or first timers. The US and UK are practically the two always on top of my ”countries” list so today I will be mentioning number 3 right through to number 10 in the following order with the leading country’s flag added to the post (I will try make the effort to do this every month) Would you like to see your countries flag on this article in the coming months ahead? Then help share some of my posts and blog on your social media!:

The top country’s for visitor stats in December 2016 are (#1 USA and #2 UK) then :

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Australia, December 2016 3rd highest visitor

Australia, Philippines, Canada, Thailand, Irealand, Turkey, Malaysia and France

People in these countries have sought out information relating to sustainable living not only Permaculture but many related topics, methods and solutions and this makes me have more faith as time goes by.

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This blog is not marketed in any way, I do not use social media or make any money from advertising (wordpress does add adverts to my blog because I have a free account, I cannot disable these ads), seeing how many people still organically find my posts online through searching shows that here are people who go through results pages and not only click on the first link or two on page one!

IF you do find any of my posts and information shared here to be of a good quality or helpful to others then please do share it to whomever you like using whichever social media you like, again, I do not use social media to promote this blog (mostly out of lazyness) but could use your help if you would like to help out, I do this in my spare time and only do it with the good intent of education and documenting my own Permaculture learning journey.

Also, I like interaction here, hence why I have made sure that you can comment on Any Post even if you do not have an account on Discus or WordPress etc, you can comment as a guest.

See you in the next post and happy 2017 so far! …

Here are some really good ideas in making fresh raised / semi raised beds in a previously manicure lawn garden, well worth the watch for anyone who is looking into making a few permaculture inspired changes in their own gardens.

The video is from Sweden and includes video footage as well as still images:

I stumbled upon this completely by accident, nice little video from ‘Living In The Future; Eco-villages”, a permaculture garden and training centre on a large piece of land with a Dam, lake, training facilities, nursery etc.

Enjoy

If you have never heard of the Banana Circle, it may be because you live in a non tropical / sub tropical climate. They are a permaculture design and increase the yield of Banana and other fruits in this simple but very good guild.

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Banana Circle Guild with re-purposed sacks for mulch

The basic concept is to prepare a circular section of your area with a radius of about 2 meters (6 feet) plus, once you have measured everything out you start digging in the centre about 1 meter (3 feet) deep and placing all displaced soil around the edges of your measured out circle in a berm like fashion.
Once the centre ‘hole’ is complete and you have built the surrounding berm edge, you can plant 5-6 Banana suckers (baby banana plants) evenly spaced in the edge wall and throw in organic matter (vegetable / fruit scraps, leaves, wood etc.) into the centre hole.

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Newly dug out Banana Circle with green waste in the center cavity

The center hole is going to be constantly topped up with organic matter to break down and feed the bananas / other crops in the circle guild. The center cavity will encourage water absorption into the soil and the decomposing organic matter will prevent evaporation, any moisture from the decomposing organic matter will also seep into the soil and provide a nutrient rich liquid feed for all plants in the guild!
Many designers recommend planting Papaya (Pawpaw) trees between the Bananas, Sweet Potato underneath as ground cover, Lemongrass even Comfrey or other Herbs etc. where possible.

Birdseye diagram of a Banana Circle Guild design

Birdseye diagram of a Banana Circle Guild design

Once a mother banana plant dies or gets cut down after cropping, the results will be thrown into the compost centre and the baby suckers will be replanted right near where she was before and so on, therefore continuing the cycle and use of the prepared bed …
In many designs, people often have a greywater pipe leading into the centre of the circle as a recycling irrigation system, there are so many possibilities with this design I feel.

I hope that the pictures and diagrams are enough for those who may be able to install a Banana Circle, just in case, I’ve found a good 6 minute video showing the procedure:

Further Reading:

http://permaculturenews.org/2014/04/08/banana-circles/

Here we have a great, well spread out system that is quite mature, the 14 minute video takes you on a tour of the site and the various zones plus you get to see an artists map of the entire site. They discovered Permaculture Methods about 15 years ago after acquiring the site about 20 years ago  and since they have increased their on site species list to around 460

The World CAN Be Changed by people like this …