There’s a wicking bed workshop coming up. Your’s truly will be guiding folks through the refurbishment of the Gawler Environment
A big week with the Climate Strike protest march and getting ready for Food Underfoot 2019. Oh yeah…it rained. Lots
Last week we moved a lot of the solar around, moving panels and shifting the batteries inside the house. We made sure the subsoil in the front garden was moist in preparation for Summer. Marlon and I also changed the aquaponics around a little.
It’s that time of the year again Our friends at Joe’s Connected Gardens are having their Open Gardens event this coming weekend. It’s always a fun, educational experience where everybody can learn something about plants and permaculture. This event has been getting bigger and better every year with ever larger crows learning ever more. It’s awesome and we’re really happy to be a small part of it. There is legion of talks and events given by various luminaries (but the best looking one is on Saturday at 12.30! Here’s the lineup – The 11.00 Andrew Barker Grow Free 11.00 – 11.30 Andrew Thompson Espalier pruning 12 – 12.30 Phil Curl wicking boxes 12.30 Malcolm Haines Edible weeds walk 12.30 – 12.50 Rosanne on composting 1.00pm – 2.00 Sophie Thomson 2.00-2.30 Rosanne “The connecting of the gardens; how JCG came to be” 2.30 – 3.30 RFS panel Q&A 3.30 – 4.00 Joe demonstration “Planting fruit trees in clay soil” SUNDAY 10.30 -11 Rosanne “The connecting
Our next door neighbours, Steve and Donna have been having trouble with the heat. We had access to a few extra resources and were sure the community could provide more, so decided to do what we could to retrofit the front of their house to protect it from the Sun. Their place is the same as ours, the longest axis faces almost west and cops the full Sun in the afternoon in Summer with the bedroom and lounge room windows on that side. We really started a month or so back by planting rapid growing, tall, edible plants along the little strip by the bedroom windows. We had Sunflower and Corn seedlings to spare, plus some Jerusalem Artichokes thea needed removing from our garden. Next, we’ll add in some groundcover like cucumbers. The idea is to provide a bed of edible plants that will shade the soil, brickwork and windows and also add moisture to cool the are flowing into
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Some days, your timing is just right. Today I dropped in to the Gawler Community House, where I volunteer tending their kitchen garden. I saw a fellow struggling a bit with a trolley full of magazines. I wandered on over to offer a hand and, joy of joys, saw the trolley was full of gardening magazines. Closer inspection showed that the trolley was full of old Grass Roots, Earth Garden, Warm Earth, Organic Gardening and Permaculture International Journal mags and some other goodies.Wow! Being my usual cheeky self, I told the girls in the sorting room that I’d buy the lot. They were happy to do that as it will save them lots of work. I didn’t buy them all though. What a lucky guy I am today!