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A radish can make you smile

November 5, 2012 | Gardening, Vegetable Gardening | 10 comments | Author:

See? New season radishes have got to be one of the cutest things in the garden cabinet. Especially when they’re organically grown, multicolored, freshly washed and about to become lunch… Radish tops are also great in salads, especially when the … Read More


Dinosaur stomps in the kitchen garden

November 4, 2012 | Milkwood Farm | 10 comments | Author:

Despite telling everyone in earshot (frequently) that he’s Ashar Tyranna (and therefore a meat eating dinosaur), negotiations have been made to revert to being a brontosaurus at mealtimes, for the sake of ensuring salad consumption. It works sometimes. Everyone else … Read More


Hitting 100% self sufficiency in salad greens

October 28, 2012 | Farming, Gardening, Grow It, Market Garden | 7 comments | Author:

Hooray for salad! We’ve hit 100% self-sufficiency in salad greens for crew and courses at Milkwood Farm. And we’re not just talking leaves-of-things-that-are-edible-and-could-be-used-for-salad-at-a-pinch, we’re talking retail quality, beautiful, sweet, diverse beyond organic greens. We’re pretty stoked. Michael has achieved this … Read More


Vertigation: passive injection worm juice irrigation for the kitchen garden

July 10, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Gardening, Kitchen Garden, Vermiculture (worms) | 20 comments | Author:

Anyone with compost worms knows how valuable the worm juice from their wormfarm can be as part of veggie growing. The trick is remembering to add it, and having a good method of applying it. Last year Nick devised a … Read More


The basecamp kitchen garden explosion

November 30, 2010 | Gardening, Vegetable Gardening | 10 comments | Author:

During the Spring Permaculture Design Certificate here at Milkwood, a funny thing happened to our basecamp garden. Somehow, it quadrupled in size. It was the most un-anticipated permablitz i have ever been a part of,  and this time (for the … Read More


How to make ferrocement garden beds

November 8, 2010 | Gardening, Resources, Vegetable Gardening | 10 comments | Author:

Ferrocement (sometimes called thin-shell cement) is a construction technique where cement is thinly applied to a sturdy steel or wire frame. It is very cheap and relatively quick to do, and produces extremely strong structures. While it does involve cement, … Read More


A Permaculture Kitchen Garden for LoveGrub

October 19, 2010 | Community Projects, Courses + Workshops, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 8 comments | Author:

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Around the corner from the community center where we run our Sydney courses is a funky and friendly little cafe called LoveGrub. Down the side of LoveGrub lies a little strip of dirt which the cafe have claimed as their garden. One day LoveGrub asked us “erm, don’t suppose you could turn our little garden into a happening thing, could you?”


How to make a Worm Tower

October 12, 2010 | Gardening, Grow It, Permaculture, Permaculture Techniques, Raise It | 76 comments | Author:

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A worm tower is a simple and effective way to take any garden bed from average yield to gloriously abundant. Simple to build, with materials you probably already have, a worm tower is the perfect addition to any garden bed, in any climate. It will bring increased fertility to your plants, improve your soil, make every living thing very happy and process organic waste to boot.