To print or not to print?

Ever since I started teaching in 2010, I have been agonizing over making or not promotional flyers for my courses. There are always many tricky hurdles to go through and many dilemmas… Continue reading “To print or not to print?”

Recruiting new intern

Bushfire season will be closing soon and with this we can resume our intake of interns/wwoofers.

Last year, Kelvin stayed with us for eight months, weaving his presence into our daily family patterns, becoming one of us, learning, teaching, providing us relief and support, sharing stories, humour, silences, recipes and wisdom…

We did so much that year…

We planted trees -many trees, to  a point when it felt we were the characters in The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

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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 keep that area moist.

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Managing your permaculture life

Permaculture teaches us to integrate rather than segregate… this articles describes how we, at Valley’s End, have integrated previously-acquired management skills and tools into our permaculture context.


Permaculture teaches us to integrate rather than segregate… this articles describes how we, at Valley’s End, have integrated  previously-acquired project management skills and tools into our permaculture context. Continue reading “Managing your permaculture life”

Free plant tonic that you can grow

Comfrey is the plant every garden should have.

Comfrey on garden edges
Comfrey on garden edges

I dug out a clump a few weeks ago, and the root snapped. Still, I had in my hands a 56cm long taproot!

Now all of you gardeners should go “whoa!” for you know that the deeper travel the roots, the more drought-resistant the plant is. Continue reading “Free plant tonic that you can grow”

Are you new to simple living?

This column is about our story and how to live a simple life.

The word simple should not be heard as basic, restrictive or boring. Simple living doesn’t mean you have to give up your smart phone, dress in rags and become macrobiotic.It doesn’t mean either ‘doing everything yourself’ from soap to bread. None of that. Continue reading “Are you new to simple living?”