Since we moved to Bombay we have had a plan to turn some of a small swamp into ponds. The swamp is too small to be self sustaining and in last summer's drought it went from a reed bed to a Yorkshire fog home in less than a season.
So in November we had the digger in and created 3 new dams and their associated ponds which we didn't expect to have filled until next winter - expecting another dry summer. Nice theory.
Right now, as the rain falls again, one of the ponds is about to…Continue
Posted on January 4, 2014 at 9:49am — 2 Comments
Laine has a link to a post by Toby Hemmenway about whether permaculture is capable of providing us with self sufficiency, self reliance etc and even whether that would be a good thing.
I think he misses the point.
Permaculture itself is a response to the question about how long we can go on using the land in an unsustainable way. To be clear about…Continue
Posted on February 13, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments
Still on the lookout for both Wormwood and now Kumera tupu. While most of the seedlings and cutting survived the shift, both of those failed and I'd really like to get some kumera in the ground before its too late.
Anyone near Bombay know where I can get some? Please? Pretty please? With honey.
Posted on December 4, 2012 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments
Anyone with an interest in pollination has been holding their breath for a decade now as CCD has ravaged hives in other parts of the world, especially the US. So it was not a surprise to wake this morning to this headline from the NZHerald
An Auckland beekeeper who has set up 300 hives around the region says his insects have started…
Posted on September 10, 2012 at 7:44am
Turns out we can't shift house, get 10 acres organised and keep last year's seedlings alive for this year. There have been several casualties of distraction but the Kumera are the most important.
Anyone know where I can get about 30 seedlings within reasonable distance of Pukekohe?
Posted on September 7, 2012 at 4:52pm