Gardening means quite different things to all of us. To some it is all about growing fresh food for our family. To others it means creating a private landscape that takes us away from the rest of the world – our own private sanctuary!
Whatever gardening means to you, share your ideas! There is no best way to garden in our mind, other than what fits you the best. With so many great gardeners in Canada, we know that the ideas are boundless.
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Our Garden seems to be doing quite well considering how hot is has been for the last while. We put in a new drip irrigation system this year, which is simply a hose connected to a couple of multi-shutoffs. We bought some ergonomic shut-offs this year to help Diannes hands. […]
We do everything we can to invite pollinators into our yard. We have Mason Bee houses, a Butterfly house, lots of flowering plants and we certainly don’t use any chemical pesticides. Unfortunately, all around us are neighbours that just don’t understand or care about what is happening to our natural world. Please […]
We have cut our lawn down to a very small area in the back yard. To cut down on the inherited weed problem, and to bring the lawn area up to a safer height with back sidewalk, we covered the old lawn with cardboard and added 5 inches of compost […]
This is a very interesting project showing the heat you can generate from composting. We have been discussing this type of project on larger scale here in Kelowna, so good to see others testing out as well! Combustion-Free Hot Water at the Whole Systems Research Farm on Vimeo on Vimeo […]
Superhero www.permacultureplanet.com This charming and beautiful film by Nitin Das is the winner of the 2011 Possible Futures Film Award. This film was shot in the remote ice desert region of the Himalayas. The entire cast and production team were from a small village called Kaaza in Spiti Valley, India. […]
www.permacultureplanet.com It’s a utopian fantasy- discover a ghost town and rebuild it in line with your ideals-, but in Spain where there are nearly 3000 abandoned villages (most dating back to the Middle Ages), some big dreamers have spent the past 3 decades doing just that. There are now a few dozen “ecoaldeas” – ecovillages – in Spain, most build from the ashes of former Medieval towns. One of the first towns to be rediscovered was a tiny hamlet in the mountains of northern Navarra. It was rediscovered in 1980 by a group of people living nearby who had lost their goats and “when they found their goats, they found Lakabe”, explains Mauge Cañada, one of the early pioneers in the repopulation of the town. The new inhabitants were all urbanites with no knowledge of country life so no one expected them to stay long. At first, the homes weren’t habitable so they lived 14 in a large room. Slowly they began to rebuild the homes and the gardens. When they first began to rebuild, there was no road up to the town so horses were used to carry construction materials up the mountain. There was no electricity either so they lived with candles and oil lamps. After a few years, they erected a windmill by hand, carrying the iron structure up the hill themselves. “Even though it seems tough and in some ways it was, but you realize you’re not as limited as you think,” says Mauge. “There are a lot of things people think they can’t do without a lot of money and there’s never been money <b>…</b>
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This is a guest post from Anne Hess. You can read her Simple Living blog at www.waldeneffect.org. Chickens are the ultimate permaculture tool. After spending six years enjoying their scratching feet and delicious eggs on our farm, we’re still finding new ways to integrate them into the homestead ecosystem. Here […]
Photos of Jim Dauster and Kylie Palzer + the gi-normous cabbage at the Bullock’s. Full set viewable here
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