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September Gardening Guide

[h4]MEDITERRANEAN climate[/h4]   Zone 0: Just when I ought to be getting my spring planting organised, I’m preoccupied with heading off for permaculture training – more on that later! Zone 1: Raised garden beds have had a quick sprinkle of seeds for a few more leafy greens before they get warm enough for the solanum vegies. The… View more

September at Pip HQ

Things just seem to going off here at the moment. I had the realisation that this is the first Spring we have had on the property that we haven’t been building the house, hence for once we are actually semi-organised and prepared. Thanks to the greenhouse we have our seedlings happily growing away getting a… View more

August Gardening Guide

[h4]TROPICAL climate[/h4] Zone 0: Now is the time to start planning for the wet season garden. The current forecast is for a very dry wet season and perhaps an El Nino so look at water storage options in the yard. Swales will slow down the passage of rain through the property. Look at other possibilities for… View more

July Gardening Guide

[h4]TROPICAL climate[/h4] Zone 0: Many of the wet season crops are now finished and need to be preserved for the long dry season. There are numerous ways of preserving each crop. You can store everything in the freezer in serve size packs. The serve size is determined by the use of the product. For example… View more

June Gardening Guide

[h4] MEDITERRANEAN Climate[/h4] Zone 0: The laundry is littered with wax from what was probably the last honey extraction for the season. Never say never though. With another unseasonally warm and dry autumn just drawing to a close, who knows what the blossoms – and hence the bees – will be up to next? Meanwhile… View more

May Gardening Guide

[h4]TROPICAL climate[/h4] May in the Tropical garden Zone 0: The wet season officially ended at the end of April and the sea surface temperature is below 27 deg C so that is the end of the cyclone season for this year. The humidity is decreasing and the mould will stop growing in the bathroom. Zone… View more

April Gardening Guide

[h4]TROPICAL climate[/h4] Zone 0: Time to sort the seeds you’ve been saving in the crisper of your fridge. Sort them into date order and plant the oldest first.  You can still order seeds by mail-order and they will be with you in a few days. Zone 1: Now is the best time to plant the… View more

Day with David Holmgren

I recently spent the day with David Holmgren, talking about the big picture of permaculture; it’s history, the full breadth of its meaning, what its role is in today’s society and I came away with so much more than I imagined I would. I have never been one to get too caught up in the… View more

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