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Resilience

Whether it be earthquakes, storms, rising sea levels or a global oil shortage, there is always a risk that outside factors could adversely impact the way we live. The best we can do is be prepared. Resilience refers to the ability of individuals and communities to hold together and maintain their ability to function in the face of shocks from the outside.

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Permaculture

A system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystem.

 

This is why we are using it at BURPP.

 

Permaculture Profiles

A small library of important players in urban permaculture, extolling the benefits of various plants and the roles they play. Includes recipes and instructions for making herbal preparations. Also includes profiles for major influencers in permaculture and references for further reading.

Dive in here to see who’s who!

 

Winter Progress

The plants are starting to wake from their winter slumber and the first signs of spring are becoming evident in the garden. While it has been a quiet time for plant growth, we’ve made some significant progress in growing the garden over the winter months. Here is a brief summary of our winter progress. The Design Progress on the design stalled in the middle of last year. We documented our initial steps and made loads of observations but somehow didn’t…

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Lessons from Urban Chickens – Part 1

It has been just over six months since we introduced our three ladies to the garden so I thought this would be an opportune time to provide an update on how the chooks are getting on and what we have learned so far. I have to say I am still completely enamoured with our chickens and they are now such an integral part of our back garden. I tip my cap to them every morning as I leave for work and…

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Urban Scavenge

I’ve been on a mighty urban scavenge to acquire goodies for the garden this weekend. Although it would be wonderful to be able to source all my gardening goodness from on site, we started with a mostly grassed section, so it is impossible to generate enough biomass to supply the organic matter requirements of the garden. In an urban environment it is often necessary to venture into zones 6, 7 and 8 to procure nutrients and materials not readily available to…

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I messed up – Wattle I do about it?

Fessing up to mistakes has got to be one of the toughest challenges in life. Worse still is the realisation that others might perceive you as imperfect. Yet when I started this blog I underwrote my purpose to be about talking about my successes AND my mistakes, so that others might learn. Today’s pill was hard to swallow, and writing about it is even harder, but here goes. There have been some kowhai trees that have self-seeded outside my living…

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Bulk Crop Bed Planning

Out front along the southern border of the section is a raised concrete garden beneath the neighbours hedge. When we did our first consultation and initial planning for the garden, it was suggested that this area could be used as a bulk crop bed for vegetables like potatoes and squash. This post talks about some thoughts in planning the bulk crop bed Considerations in Design Sunlight The south side of the garden at the front has a gentle slope down…

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Elderberry Harvest

I wrote this in Scotland a few years back. Since the elderberries are ripening I thought I’d share it now. The tree lined horizon of rust, amber and gold reflects the unseasonal warmth of October against a canvass of azure dappled white. The air is light, fragrant with leafy musk and as we climb the hill a formation of migrant geese draws our eyes toward the sky. My daughter stops amidst the fall of a large sycamore to collect leaves, her…

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Water Wise

Here are a few strategies to help you be water wise in the garden. Water Wisely Check soil for moisture Check the soil before you water. Lift up the mulch and feel for moisture. Do you even need to water? Over-watering encourages shallow root growth and weaker plants. If water is not available near the surface, the roots will grow deeper in search of it. Water at night Or even better, early in the morning before the sun is up.…

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Water Behaviours & Restrictions

I’m watching with interest people’s reactions to recent water restrictions in Wellington. We’ve had a surprisingly warm, dry spring and a ferociously hot summer (so far!) and the annual hose pipe ban was instigated very early in the season. What interests me is where people seem to be laying most of the blame. Not on the abnormally high temperatures, lack of spring rain and other extreme weather events if the last year. Nor at their own water behaviours. But rather…

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Bill Mollison: Permaculture Profile

“Though the problems of the world seem increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”            – Bill Mollison Bill Mollison (1928 – 2016) is one of the creators of the permaculture movement, which he co-founded with his student, David Holmgren, in the 1970s in Australia. Together they jointly developed a framework for a sustainable agricultural system based on a multi-crop of perennial trees, shrubs, herbs, fungi, and root systems, which they coined permaculture (permanent – culture).   Bill…

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Comfrey: Permaculture Profile

Symphytum spp. Boraginacaea family Comfrey is the queen of permaculture plants, and is a powerhouse in the permaculture garden – attracting pollinators and beneficial insects, providing medicinal value, and enriching soil with nutrients.   Varieties and Cultivars There are several different varieties including Symphytim officinale (medicinal comfrey), S. ibericum (dwarf comfrey) and S. uplandicum (Russian comfrey). Sizes of these vary. ‘Bocking 14’ is a sterile variety of Russian Comfrey and so is worth considering if you want to plant comfrey in discrete areas in a small garden and not…

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