The Soil Hugger's Journey - PLANTING IN SPRING…. SURVIVING THROUGH SUMMER – WICKING BED SUMMER FOLLOW UP (DID WE SURVIVE?)
Previously we've discussed the most precious gardening resources are water, soil and sunlight. We also stepped through how we can have a ripper productive garden through summer and not squander Perth’s rare two of the three most precious resources – water or soil nutrients. Well, let's revisit the Wicking Beds featured in that discussion and see just how they fared towards the end of Summer 2014/2015 - Soil Hugger's next BLOG - Did we survive?
If you would like to go back and look at in-ground and raised wicking beds in detail within the previous blog - head to: Planting in Spring…. Surviving through Summer – Wicking Beds are one Option!
Have you ever glanced out of the corner of your eye and seen a mozzie which looks like it just stepped out of your worst night mare? A massive beast with super long kinky legs plus orange and black stripes down its body. Surely the bite of this foul creature would be agony in the form of both pain and itchiness!
But hang on something seems to be missing….
Meet our next guest - the Tiger Crane Fly (Nephrotoma Australasiae).
Find out just how much we should be fearing this garden visitor!
Back to the light and fluffy blog day, this time I come bearing fruit!
This handsome chap and his siblings will hold the limelight (from the salad bowl) for many dinner parties to come…. at least until we get around to making cocktails from the African Cucumber - a blog to look forward to!
Introducing: The Slipper Gourd (Cyclanthera pedata)
Read about the plant's origin, preferred growing condition, reported edible/medicinal properties and our experience. He's a real ripper for Perth.
Not quite another light and fluffy blog today… this one grew arms, legs and an attitude. I surprised myself as to how passionate I felt about this discussion, but hopefully I’ve delivered a moderately balanced view. Endings can’t always happy – BUT perhaps this is not the end….
Introducing Exhibit C: St Mary’s Thistle (Silybum marianum)
This stunning looking - check out the patterning and edges on this baby! - and stunningly controversial St Mary’s Thistle qualifies for the Crazy Plant Section of this blog on the basis of (A) its beauty, (B) its ease of growth in our climate (a double edged sword - enter the controversy!) and (C) its many uses and (debated) properties.
Love it or hate it - understanding how plus why or why not to introduce/grow/use any plant responsibly is essential for any gardener.
Welcome to 2015! In the SOIL RESUSCITATION blog, we break down the complexity of soil (hopefully!!!!!) into the overall aim of nutrient import and retention with a whole lot of life thrown in. Discover how amending the soil Texture; building your Organic content; and adding some Rock dust and Kelp, meets the needs of the most important and largest living organism in any pot/garden/field/landscape.
Carrying on our adventure…..This step gives us the first look at the other major natural force in the garden – the GARDENER. The aim of this step is to trigger the thoughts of the client on items they might not have considered in their wants / needs and to highlight future discussion topics in order to get the most out of the future site visit. You’ll remember in Step 1 that we sent an email confirming we had the right house and that with this we sent a client interview sheet for them to fill out. In this step we’ll start to walk through the questions and provide a little background as to the reasoning behind each query.
I wanted to send this one out with a huge thanks to you all for your acceptance of me into this world of blogging, and for joining me along the road of what is an eventful journey. I wish you and your loved ones a smile-filled festive season and (now I have to confess another imperfection in the Soil Hugger!) an interruption-free Boxing Day Test! I have a special Happy New Year gift in store for you….. I’ll say it with flowers….. yes, I confess I’m a sucker for flowers, but they have to have to be fascinating or awe inspiring, pretty just ain’t gonna cut it!
Until then, Enjoy.
Permaculture 102 - Permaculture Design Part 2: Assessing an Urban Garden's Potential Based on Sun Angles, and other Sources of Natural Energy.
This step will give you an idea of the seasonal changes occurring within the block and hence the heat/solar energy, air flow, fire risk, water delivery opportunity/problems, or chill locations that need to be worked with. Whilst we will cover this at a very high level here, we'll get into much more detail on all of these forces within future blogs as we step onsite and find examples to explore!. This information will help you assess (a) what plants will survive and thrive in different areas of the garden all year round and for many years to come (perennials); (b) which spaces should be dedicated to annuals (with alternate season options too!); and (c) where we can look at creating new protection systems to extend the time an area is suitable for growth (E.g. the addition of a deciduous tree or a wind guiding bank of plants). ENJOY!
Terrra Perma are a Permaculture - education and design team from Perth Western Australia.