What a bee taught me

Covid19 is still around. Kids are back at school. The house is quiet again. What a surreal feeling. It seems we’ve been in lockdown forever, yet it’s only been a few weeks. Time found a new way to compress and stretch, guided only by the sun rising and setting, meal times, (and school zoom meetings!)….

Therapy against boredom

Bored? No way!  Autumn is a busy time for gardeners when we work at restoring the fertility of our soils that have suffered the demands and stresses of Summer. Whether you tend ‘edibles’ or ‘ornamentals’, here is a list of restorative actions you can do now. –          Aerate your lawn with a garden fork, top dress…

Lexxie’s Sensational Gluten Free Flaky

Ingredients Rice flour ¾ CUPMillet ¼ CUPCorn ¼ CUPTapioca 2 TBSPChia seeds 2.5 TBSPSugar 1 TBSPSalt ½ TBSPButter 120gIced water 8 TBSP Method Mix ingredients together. Knead lightly, enough to form a ball (Note: it will come apart but you should still be able to form a ball – not too dry, not too wet…

52 Climate Solutions

Drought, fires, floods… we are many to blame climate change. There remain some who deny its existence. The Earth is flat. I personally lean on scientific evidence. After all, these nerdy guys and gals have studied hard and long to develop their areas of lifelong research. They rely on a framework of data collection, statistics…

Dishwashing tablets

I have a thing against nasty chemicals, synthetic fragrances and unnaturally bright colours (and I am not even mentioning palm oil or plastic here – these two are top of my hate list!). So when it comes to washing dishes, I have been using fragrance-free “eco friendly” tablets in our dishwasher, those that are neatly…

Stinging Nettle – 4 Ways!

With the cool temperature, stinging nettle has been shooting up again. Yippee! Here is what you can do with it. 1. The best ever Winter soup! Harvest large, dark green, leaves to make the best tasting soup you’ve ever eaten: 4 potatoes 1l chicken/veggie stock 2 cups stinging nettle leaves salt/pepper cream parsley (to garnish)…

Half of it is fossil fuel

A sprig of mint is found wilting in a single-use plastic punnet. The supermarket discards it, and with it, hundreds of other punnets. Straight to landfill. The mint was grown in Victoria – fertilised – irrigated – harvested – washed – dried – prepared in 50g bundles – packed in a plastic punnet and labelled….

Citrus glut

I know most of you have a lemon tree by the front door, maybe a Tahitian lime too, and mandarins, oranges, grapefruits, and keffir limes?! Now is the time to get ready to process all these goodies, because, clearly, we cannot give them all away to work colleagues, or worse, let them rot on the…

An edible solution for shaded gardens

Since I commenced my exploration of the never-boring world of edible gardening, I have struggled to find a green vegetable that replaces spinach (which refuses to grow well here. It beats me!). Silverbeet is an acceptable alternative but I can’t bring myself to like the taste at all. So I kept looking for that spinach-like…

Farm Tour coming soon!

Hey folks, We’re opening our farm gates this year again for the Harvest Festival. Check the calendar (on the right) for tour dates and time. And follow the link to review the full programme

Massive Attaque!

Fall landed on our piece of Earth. And the rain came. Lots of it. Then we blinked and the grass turned yellow? But wait a sec… it rained. It should have gone Kaboom!!! green explosion? Nope. It’s yellow and we can even see the soil underneath. Now I’m on all four on the lawn. I…

Freedom

What is freedom? To many, this is the state of not being enslaved or imprisoned. To others, it is to not suffer restriction of movement, action, thought or speech. To me, freedom is the extravagant amount of food I pluck out from the ground and that I later serve for dinner to my family. Freedom…

Crack down on the crackers

I’ve turned into a slightly obsessive-compulsive waste-warrior recently! I got very annoyed when I heard that the recyclables I duly place in my yellow bin is often stockpiled, or worse, sent to landfill across the state or dumped on private property. China stopped importing our waste and now Australia is seeing mountains of plastic, glass and electronics…

Farewell

Dear folks, I’d like to acknowledge you my followers, past students and farm visitors, for giving me your support all these years. But today I have chosen to fold Terra Permaculture and move on. I will focus my energy onto my family, our health, our future. All events have been cancelled and website will be…