Hydrophobic soil

There’s a spot in the garden that doesn’t hold moisture, no matter how much I water it in. In fact water seems to literally run off its surface or pool on top. This would normally not worry me sleepless if that wasn't for loosing crops to desiccation, starvation or disease, or for wasting energy to [...]

Prepping up our food forest for summer

With all the rain we received over the past few months, it would be a shame to loose all that precious moisture to the spring and summer heat. So now that our food forest is planted, it’s time for us to help it grow. Catch and store energy We mulched on the contour lines that [...]

Planting for resiliency

After two years of careful observation, note taking and lengthy consideration, of weighting pros versus cons, input versus output and budget versus dreams, here we are with 28 trees to plant in our fruit forest. The photo doesn't do it justice - there are indeed 28 trees there. We bought them small for they stand [...]

So quintessentially permaculture – Jerusalem artichokes

I am in love with Jerusalem artichokes and they’re in full season here at Valley’s end. We’re having them almost every day in soup, stews and mash, or sautéed and roasted… My first ever encounter with that odd looking vegetable was at Bistro Moncur in Sydney where Husband invited me for a wedding anniversary. I [...]