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How To make a Mobile Micro Forest Garden – with Wicking Bed

May 4, 2015 | Appropriate Technology, Community Projects, Design, Forest Gardening, Gardening, Permaculture, Urban Permaculture | 8 comments | Author:

Here’s how we built a bunch of mobile micro forest gardens for the 107 Rooftop Garden – complete with wicking beds. Our challenge with this design was to build tree planters that could move around to make space when needed, while providing … Continued


Foraging Ice Cream Beans – Inga edulis

April 2, 2015 | Foraging, Forest Gardening, Gardening, Permaculture | 8 comments | Author:

It’s the kind of thing you might dream as a kid to find in a back lane – a tree loaded with bean-like pods full of sweet, fluffy ice-cream-ish tasting fruit. And guess what? They exist! Behold the awesomeness of the … Continued


Happy Earth’s Urban Food Forest in Unanderra – it’s grown!

March 23, 2015 | Forest Gardening, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Urban Permaculture | 5 comments | Author:

Inspiration takes many forms, but a thriving backyard ecosystem like Happy Earth has got to be pretty high up on our list. Ali + Rich have created this edible suburban oasis over the last 8 years, on a sloping block in … Continued


David Holmgren on tree crops

May 4, 2014 | Forest Gardening, Resources | 75 comments | Author:

Those of you who have been around these parts for a while might remember a review we did a few years back of one of permaculture’s essential reads, Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith. Some say it … Continued


Five of our favourite Plant Databases

April 7, 2014 | Forest Gardening, Resources | 11 comments | Author:

Choosing the right plant for the right spot, working with its behaviours and getting it to cooperate with others can be a little difficult at times. Before you go getting yourself a little too lost in the world of plants … Continued


Home-grown Shiitake Logs: harvest time

March 21, 2014 | Forest Gardening, Gardening, Harvesting, Kitchen Garden, Mushroom Cultivation, Mushrooms, Urban Permaculture | 3 comments | Author:

Growing shiitakes on logs is a great idea for any backyard or small farm food system. Partly because after the burst of work needed at the start, you don’t need to think about them for a fair while, until they’re … Continued


Designing Like a Forest (we’re hooked)

August 12, 2013 | Courses + Workshops, Forest Gardening, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 6 comments | Author:

Last Autumn we hosted a Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke at Milkwood Farm. It was a truly awesome experience, and it changed the way many of us at Milkwood (and beyond) approach permaculture design education, and permaculture design process. … Continued


Forest Garden Guilds

April 29, 2013 | Forest Gardening | 4 comments | Author:

A guild, in permaculture terms, is usually used to define a harmonious assembly of species clustered around a central element (plant or animal) that acts in relation to this element to assist its health, aid our work in management, or buffer adverse … Continued


Establish the paths, and the orchard with follow…

April 7, 2013 | Forest Gardening, Permaculture | 8 comments | Author:

We want the Holistic Orchard site at Milkwood Farm to be super productive, beautiful and also accessible – we’re establishing this orchard on a slope just below the Tiny House (and irrigating it with grey water) so we’ll be visiting … Continued


A visit to Melliodora with David Holmgren

March 30, 2013 | Building, Forest Gardening, Natural Building, Off-Farm goings on, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 12 comments | Author:

Recently Nick was lucky enough to hang out with David Holmgren for a couple of days at Melliodora, the superb small-acre permaculture site that David has established with his partner Su Dennett  in Hepburn Springs, Victoria. Being in the thick … Continued


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