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A DIY vertical garden

March 26, 2013 | Urban Permaculture | 12 comments | Author:

No room to grow? Your options for vertical gardens are expanding by the day. Some are big, and some are small, some blend in, and some stand out. Like this one. Here’s a funky little home growing project by the … Continued


EcoPOP – cooling Sydney’s streets…

September 15, 2012 | Gardening, Off-Farm goings on, Vegetable Gardening, Vermiculture (worms), Water Harvesting + Reuse | 10 comments | Author:

An ecoPOP is a small and self-contained city oasis, boasting a simple, self-contained system of self-watering fruit trees, herbs, water collection and a worm farm. Intended to be installed in places like a median strip in a suburban street, they’re … Continued


Costa’s Verge Garden

June 30, 2012 | Gardening, Off-Farm goings on, Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 5 comments | Author:

Following on from a whole street of verge gardens is another verge garden in Sydney that is using verge plantings as a great way of cultivating community. Costa and his verge needs little introduction, since his garden gets featured weekly … Continued


A whole street of Verge Gardens!

May 31, 2012 | Off-Farm goings on, Urban Permaculture | 20 comments | Author:

Wilga Avenue in Sydney has moved their community out of their backyards and into their front yards. Squished between a busy road and a train line, it wouldn’t look very illustrious on a map, but once I got there I … Continued


Building an earthbag wicking bed garden…

May 20, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Building, Community Projects, Gardening, Natural Building, Off-Farm goings on, Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 17 comments | Author:

Earthbags are a great idea for building raised garden bed surrounds because of their simplicity and their strength. Recently Nick led a community workshop to transform a townhouse patio into an edible landscape, with earthbag surrounds for a set of … Continued


Latest student urban permaculture designs

May 16, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Urban Permaculture | 8 comments | Author:

The latest batch of Milkwood permaculture design students are currently hard at it in Sydney, taking their Permaculture Design Certificate part-time with the fabulous Alexia Martinez. I thought I’d share some of their latest permaculture designs… These designs are all … Continued


Visiting Happy Earth, a kick-ass suburban food forest garden…

March 3, 2012 | Off-Farm goings on, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Urban Permaculture | 10 comments | Author:

Recently Nick + I went to visit Ally and Rich (aka Happy Earth) who have created a truly amazing food forest garden in their suburban lot near Wollongong, NSW. It is a beautiful place of lushness, food, and fun. The … Continued


2 weeks in the life of a Permaculture Design student (video)

January 30, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Off-Farm goings on, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Video | 7 comments | Author:

So here we have it – two weeks of our recent urban Permaculture Design Certificate, in 160 seconds! And what an amazing two weeks of learning and thinking and designing and digging and tasting and doing it was… Over the … Continued


Urban PDC: strawberries, soil and systems thinking

January 20, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Off-Farm goings on | 4 comments | Author:

More beautiful shots by Cathy X from our current Urban Permaculture Design Certificate that Nick is teaching in Sydney. Featuring Michele Margolis’ amazing urban permaculture garden, Adam Grubb teaching soil, and permaculture design! And mini bulldozers, of course…


Two weeks of Urban Permaculture, in pictures…

January 13, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 2 comments | Author:

Right now Nick’s in the the middle of teaching Milkwood Permaculture’s annual summer Urban Permaculture Design Certificate in Sydney, which is always a fabulous two weeks. This year, we have the wonderful Cathy X as one of the students, and … Continued


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