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Mushrooms, Labneh + Cardboard Telescopes

October 23, 2014 | Building, Gardening, Milkwood Farm, Mushroom Cultivation, Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 20 comments | Author:

It’s been a month of growing, building, adventuring and making in these parts. And I’m slightly bemused to say that life is no less crazy living in a town than it is on a farm. But much of the craziness is … Read More


In which We Get Planting…

August 18, 2014 | Kitchen Garden, Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 9 comments | Author:

The kitchen garden is an essential part of any life lived in a house with a yard, in my opinion. I love the small cycles it brings us closer to with the ebb and flow of growth, flower and fruit. The … Read More


Would you like to win a Patch from Scratch?

August 13, 2014 | Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 10 comments | Author:

So this is exciting – we’re teaming up with Organic Gardener Magazine to offer a Permaculture Garden Makeover for one lucky duck – who wants in? The competition is Australia wide and entries close 30th September, so get writing on … Read More


Our favourite (Instagram) Farmers

June 4, 2014 | Vegetable Gardening | 16 comments | Author:

For every green smoothie, garland-wearing dog and perfect sunset on Instagram that creates a bizarre parallel universe of sunshiny perfection, there’s also a small farmer or two posting downright useful images. As it turns out, instagram is also a good place to … Read More


Winter Greens: what to plant right now

April 26, 2014 | Vegetable Gardening | 17 comments | Author:

Suddenly, here, the nights are colder and the air crisper. As we ease on into another winter we’re getting ready to plant greens. It’s good fortune really that the abundance of greens that we can grow in the colder months … Read More


All of Summer is now stored…

April 23, 2014 | Preserving, Vegetable Gardening | 18 comments | Author:

There comes a point in every Autumn when the tomatoes are finally, finally done. We’ve passata-ed and dried and preserved and cooked to the point where all of summer is stored, and on the shelf. Last weekend was our final session of … Read More


Windowsill Farming with Microgreens

April 14, 2014 | Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 7 comments | Author:

Packing a nutritional punch and super easy to grow in spaces as small as windowsills, there’s a lot to love about microgreens. Simply put, these baby plants are vegetable, greens and herb seedlings, harvested at just a week or two … Read More


Magic Beans

April 10, 2014 | Vegetable Gardening | 8 comments | Author:

Purple Kings are one of our favourite bean crops – they’re hardy, prolific and darn tasty. But the best bit is that they turn green when cooked. Magic beans! 


How to: test your garden soil’s pH, and balance it for a better veggie harvest

March 17, 2014 | Resources, School Gardens, Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 16 comments | Author:

So you’re resolved to grow the best darn vegetables ever. You’re on a mission to feed your family nutrient-dense, organic, home-grown food, to stick it to the supermarket, and to hopefully have enough to share with friends and neighbours too. … Read More


3 great Urban Permaculture Books (and a giveaway)

November 30, 2013 | Appropriate Technology, Publications, Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 5 comments | Author:

Here’s three great books we’ve read recently on creating resilience and abundance on the small, down the side and round the back. They’re three very different books, and we rekon they’re all excellent resources to have on you Urban Permaculture … Read More