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First, Grow your Mushroom – DIY Pappardelle al Funghi

July 2, 2015 | Mushroom Cultivation, Urban Permaculture | 0 comments | Author:

One of the great things about home mushroom propagation is that it can be entirely portable. Lease ended? No worries – pack up your bags, buckets and logs, and off you go. Your food supply comes with you. Which is good … Continued


Making: Seed Balls: for getting things growing in unlikely places

June 22, 2015 | Community Projects, Urban Permaculture | 3 comments | Author:

Seed balls. In a nutshell, they are a ball of clay and compost with seeds inside. Sounds pretty simple right? Well they are, they really are. They’re incredibly easy to make, and are a rather excellent way to get things … Continued


Winter Harvest + Chores at the Rooftop Garden

June 18, 2015 | Urban Permaculture | 4 comments | Author:

Last weekend we gathered with a crew of local folks to harvest + replant the 107 Rooftop Garden – seedlings, celery, turmeric, leeks + more… First up we led everyone through the skill of seed ball making (we’ll post a how-to … Continued


Best Edible Plants for your Vertical Garden

June 8, 2015 | Gardening, Urban Permaculture | 4 comments | Author:

Growing edibles in a vertical garden is a great space-efficient way to grow good food. But which sorts of plants work best and will thrive in this kind of system? As with all garden design, it depends. Is your vertical garden in full … Continued


107 Rooftop Gardening Day: June: seedballs + more

June 2, 2015 | Seed Balls, Urban Permaculture | 0 comments | Author:

Hey! What are you doing on Saturday 13th June? Come and learn something new with us. It’s our monthly 107 Rooftop Gardening day, and this time we are doing: SEEDBALL WORKSHOP + GARDEN CHORES Saturday June 13 – 9am – … Continued


How to make Best Ever Seed Raising Mix

May 11, 2015 | Gardening, Market Garden, Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 2 comments | Author:

Learning how to make a great seed raising mix means you are giving your seedlings an excellent head start. It also keeps costs down and is a great fundamental skill of edible gardening. Recently up at the107 Rooftop Garden, that’s exactly what … Continued


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


Seed Raising Mix: 107 Rooftop Gardening Day: May 2nd

April 23, 2015 | Community Projects, Gardening, Permaculture, Urban Permaculture | 0 comments | Author:

Rightio then. Who wants to come and get their hands dirty and help out at the 107 Rooftop Garden? Saturday May 2nd marks the beginning of our monthly garden dig-ins – a morning of garden chores, learning, new friends and … Continued


Happy Fish, Happy Harvest: Matt’s Aquaponics Adventures

April 20, 2015 | Animal Systems, Aquaponics, Urban Permaculture | 9 comments | Author:

What do you get when you cross a sustainable fisheries bloke with a Permaculture Design Course? An Aquaponics system enthusiast, advocate and entrepreneur, that’s what. Matt Spalding took our PDC last year and since then he’s been going gang-busters on … 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


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