Garden2Plate kindly invited me up to their Italian workshop, with the possibility of me doing some graphic design work for them.
It’s a really great idea. First you have a cooking workshop, where you’re shown new techniques (in this case, cooking pasta). Then you are taken into the permaculture garden and shown composting and other gardening ideas and techniques. Then you get to go back and eat the food you’ve just learnt how to make!
I got to spend some time discovering the amazing garden (unfortunately my camera didn’t despite the new batteries I purchased just for this). The garden has some amazing banana trees (I can’t imagine my tree ever getting that big – but I hope so!! There were also leftover sunflowers – each head the size of a plate. Unfortunately the birds had gotten to the seeds, otherwise I would have attempted to grow those amazing plants! And speaking of huge – the pumpkins that were on the outside of the garden had gone insane. Seriously, insane.
My favourite comment from the other participents was when Adam (one of the gardeners) pulled up a bunch of multicoloured heirloom carrots and someone asked him if he should put them back in until they turned orange.
Overall I loved the garden, and it’s a really great idea for a business. If you’re curious to check them out, it’s in Killcare on the Central Coast.
Whoops – ok, it’s been a little while since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d talk about the three permaculture gardens I’ve visited in the past few months.
The first one was Karonga, a school for students with special needs. I was there with my local Permie group learning how to make passata.
There were two gardens. One large one on a slight slope, with heaps of different plants growing, and lucerne taking over in between. There was lots of amazing discoveries to be found in the garden, and I could imagine kids wandering around discovering patches of vegetables. (Which is fun, I don’t care how old you are).
Then there is another garden with keyhole beds and chickens (which made me miss mine).
There is a great video of it which made by another PSN permie, Jeremy:
It’s open for national permaculture day if you’d like to check it out. Click here for more details.
I’ve had my first positive insect experience this summer.
Anyone in Sydney can tell you, it’s been a very wet summer, which has had it’s downfall for the veggies – most of our zucchini got mildew.
I attempted to fix this by making a milk spray, but it obviously wasn’t strong enough as it didn’t work.
However instead it attracted a whole heap of mildew eating ladybeetles!
We also had a lot of other insects. The snails went nuts with our cabbages, and in an even more strange twist they were also all over the tansy! I thought tansy was supposed to ward off insects!!!
The veggie beds have been going strong, lots of zucchinis and tomatoes.
Thinking. I thought about it a while ago, and kept it in the back of my head. But I stumbled upon a blog today, called backwards beekeeping, which reintroduced the idea.
So now I’m searching some sites to find out what exactly is involved, what is needed, and the price.
I know it sounds a little odd, but it is interesting…