Permaculture for the rest of us


Permaculture for the rest of us

Permaculture group for everyone keen to explore and learn

Location: New Zealand
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Latest Activity: Jul 30, 2016

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Organic status of composting newspaper & cardboard 3 Replies

One way of recycling newspaper and cardboard is to compost it. This is recommended in the UK by the Centre for Alternative Technology, who did a lot of experimentation on organic composting methods.…Continue

Tags: organic, ink, newspaper, cardboard, compost

Started by Peter Riches. Last reply by Peter Riches Apr 13, 2012.

Your favourite permaculture books 2 Replies

I enjoyed Linda Woodrow's Book and am interested in reading some other authors what have you enjoyed and found useful?Continue

Started by Lisa L. Last reply by Kirsten Nov 12, 2011.

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Comment by Cally Brown on December 9, 2010 at 8:09pm
Scented geranium seems to keep the codlin moth at bay.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on December 9, 2010 at 5:16pm
Tara, my husbands Grandmother used to keep geese in her orchard to keep it weeded and the bugs controlled. I don't know what kind, she called them weeder geese. However they were so tame that they would let her pick the down that was shed off of them and sold what she didn't use for pillows and comforters.
Comment by Tara McFarlane on December 9, 2010 at 2:00pm
Does anyone have any permaculture ideas for an apple orchard? I have planted some pumpkins, squash and other goodies in there, but are there any other ideas?
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on November 20, 2010 at 6:18am
Okay group! For me it is winter brain challenge time! My dear friend has been listening to me talk about gardens and such for years. Her (mildly competitive) husband has managed to surprise her (for Christmas) with 35 acres with a modular home on it. Only got water rights with the well for one acre. Yep... he forgot to get irrigation rights! Okay, but the deal was to good to pass up so I won't fuss at him. This is high desert prairie. Deer, antelope, jack rabbits, and coyote! Scrub range at best and flat flat flat. The wind blows horribly from the north and there isn't a bush on it. Do we think that they will be able to do something so she will have the small farm she is looking for? There seems to be no top soil at all. I think it had been a sod farm for years, so it was harvested with the turf.
I am going to help put in a vermicomposter by the house. All I am getting her for Christmas is worms... and lots of them.
Comment by Lesley Ramsey on October 12, 2010 at 4:15pm
P.S cordon/pole etc could also be potted. In NZ there are apple trees that are natural cordon/pole's that do not need training. Have you tried you local garden centre or the local internet???
Comment by Lesley Ramsey on October 12, 2010 at 4:12pm
Hi Margaret
Good to hear that the elm tree is o.k. Not cheap at all fruit trees are an investment both financial and time wise. We own, but I have been in the position of having to leave fruit trees behind, just as they were getting fruitful, because he wanted to move to the other side of the world. His family are here.
Try getting large pots with a trolley stand so they can be moved and do not forget to keep them watered. My down fall with blueberry bushes was that I could not give them enough water during summer. I have got a fig in a pot, to keep it watered I have the pot standing in a bowl that is filled with pumice (from the hydroponics section) I water and feed from the top of the pot and the excess is caught by the bowl. If the bowl gets too full it just overflows so the potted fig does not get water logged. It could be called passive hydroponics??
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 7, 2010 at 3:57am
I had the tree guy come and look at it to give me an estimate on taking it out. Turns out the old girl had been hit by lightning and healed badly. Something called occluded bark... rather a mess but looked like a fungus to me. Some of the tree will be tidied up. It is a Siberian Elm so the Dutch Elm Disease shouldn't bother it.
I am on a rental property and would like to move my trees with me if I have to go. LOL Cheap of me I know. I have a place where I could espalier them along a south wall that would work wonderfully.
Comment by Lesley Ramsey on October 6, 2010 at 5:08pm
Hi Margaret. it depends on the root stock and I don't know what ones you have in the USA. Here in NZ I would go for M27 super dwarf tree height 2m or 6 foot or M9 dwarf tree height 3m or 9foot approx. You could also think of having cordon, espalier and fan shape trees to keep your trees small. It is how our great great great's used to keep trees small. I have recently planted three cordon pear trees and four cordon apple trees in about 4 metres (about 12 foot) Your Elm tree do you think it has Dutch Elm Disease? This disease killed millions of elm trees in the UK a few years ago.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 6, 2010 at 7:08am
Oh... my Elm tree seems to have some form of rot and is going to have to be taken down. It dropped a branch that might be 20 foot long into the corner of the yard. I still have six trees on this tiny yard so I am going to not have a lack of shade. The strawberries are under the lights and the tomato and chili peppers are going to be cloned tonight. More for the practice in cloning than the fact that I am going to want all the plants. Some are going to be gifted to others who I know are interested in gardening indoors during the winter. Not permaculture, but a fun project.
I am working on making a rain garden, but can't really figure it out on this small yard. Still working on it. Does anyone have any experience in dwarf fruit trees? I would love to know if they can be container grown. I am going to be harvesting ameranth seeds from my neighbors yard who has graciously allowed the crazy new gardener to gather what I want! I think it is Hopi red dye or some cross, but just a beautiful thing.
Comment by Lesley Ramsey on October 4, 2010 at 4:38pm
Hi Lisa I built a chook dome but as my garden is windy at the equinoxes I got fed up with asking my neighbours if I could retrieve it from their garden which was full of gorse and woolly nightshade sigh. My current one which is square and made of wood is currently tied to a tree on one side and metal posts on the other. The metal posts are recycled washline

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