Permaculture for the rest of us


Permaculture for the rest of us

Permaculture group for everyone keen to explore and learn

Location: New Zealand
Members: 116
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 Yvonne Nikolaison on June 17, 2010 at 9:54am
Hi All, I am living in Dunedin and trying to find some farm fresh milk to make cheese. Does anyone know of a farmer down this way? I am new to the area which doesn't help. Many thanks
Comment by Kaye N. on June 13, 2010 at 10:00pm
Is anyone here interested in having a beautiful pasture pet? I've got a lovely gentle white Highland steer (raised organically/biodynamically) that needs more grazing before he heads to the works and we're out of grass. Anyone willing to graze him (in Rodney District) can be part owner and have a share of the meat. His mother is also for sale.
Comment by Niki M on May 21, 2010 at 6:03pm
Is anyone in this group currently or planning to study for a Permaculture Design Certificate?
Comment by Niki M on May 14, 2010 at 2:35pm
Kia ora, Peter. Welcome! Would love to hear about your experiences and what you've learned.
Comment by Peter watson on May 13, 2010 at 5:26pm
Kia Ora Koutou,
New to this group, so greetings everyone.
I am Peter Watson, and I live at the Quaker Settlement in Whanganui, and am enjoying learning more about permaculture, after a great introduction two years ago from Ro Morrow who visited from Australia and stayed at our community for a month.
Comment by Sarah Walsh on March 29, 2010 at 6:37pm
mm, I like will mushrooms from the vege shop do? and if they don't look quite 'ready', can I leave them at room temp and will the finish opening up?
Comment by Kelly Ronayne on March 29, 2010 at 2:16pm
Hey Romain and Lucy - yes, that's the theory. The mushroom spores live in their gills, so you want shrooms that are ripe enough to have their gills exposed, without being so mature that all their spores have flown already. So long as they have sufficient damp, dank organic matter to feed on (think forest floor/rotting logs) they should be happy.

Other ideas for damp, sun-less areas: throw seeds at them and see what has the will to live - probably best to start earlier in the season though. Go for the hardiest plants you can think of - mint, maybe rosemary, miners lettuce, chickweed (makes awesomely creamy pesto because of the saponins), watercress if it's damp enough, etc etc. The Otautahi urban foragers network has some good blog posts on some of those wild edibles that can handle marginal areas:
Comment by Niki M on March 29, 2010 at 1:52pm
Sarah, was going to suggest a green manure crop but Kelly's mushroom idea is INSPIRED!
Comment by Niki M on March 29, 2010 at 1:51pm
Karen, that's really close to the house to put a tree. I can see why you don't want anything that spreads too much.

I can only suggest you look for something on a very dwarf rootstock. And if you want a deciduous tree, the best time to plant is in winter.
Comment by Romain and Lucy on March 29, 2010 at 11:22am
Hi Kelly,
Since you mention mushrooms :) I have been growing mushroom from one of these sawdust bags kits you get at garden centers...
If I understand your comment right, I could grab a few "ripe" mushrooms from there and shred them and put them in a new sawdust bag or in some shady spot in the garden to keep them going?

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