A colourful example of how a hugelkultur mound grows over 20 years:
A colourful example of how a hugelkultur mound grows over 20 years:
Hugelkultur – so easy and you can do this in your garden, no matter how small. No digging required.
Hugelkultur swales and a food forest growing in harmony – a great example of permaculture synergy.
Hugelkultur which is German for ‘hill culture’ are simply no-dig raised beds with a difference.
Packed with organic material: trees, wood, trunks, roots, shrubs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure – they hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Cover the organic goodies waste mound with soil then plant your veggies. Finito!
Try a mini Hugelkultur raised bed with all your organic garden waste in your garden today. Any size will work
Instead of throwing the organic waste in the green bin, build your mound, cover it with soil, scatter and push some seeds in the soil.
The Hugelkultur mound will retain much more moisture, water and nourishment from the composting organic waste within.
Food forest – so easy, any garden can have one!
Another feature of any good garden of Permaculture is a food forest.
A food forest can be big or small, or just a few plants, growing in companionship with each other over several canopy levels. This mini forest could just be the crop of plants in the corner of your garden.
Nature grows in a highly optimised pattern, utilising multiple layers and making the most of both horizontal and vertical space.
A food forest may not have all seven layers, but it does have multiple layers, and even more importantly, it is a virtually self-sustaining living ecosystem.
A food forest offers:
– High Productivity
– Natural Mulch, Compost & Fertiliser
– Natural Pest Control
– Resilience Through Biodiversity – Strength in Numbers
– Easy Soil Repair – Chop n’ Drop.
Real forests do not need any work, they self-maintain — no pesticides, herbicides, weeding, crop rotation, mowing or digging. Food forests do not need any of this either – less work, more food, all natural.
A food forest typically is comprised of seven layers:
– High canopy: The canopy layer is comprised of tall trees — typically large fruit and nut trees.
– Low canopy: Between the tall canopy layer trees, there is a layer of low growing, typically dwarf fruit trees.
– Shrubs: Nestled between all the small trees are the shrubs – which are well represented by currants and berries.
– Low shrubs: Filling the remaining space are the herbaceous layer, these are the culinary and medicinal herbs, companion plants, bee-forage plants and poultry forage plants.
– Ground cover: Any remaining space is occupied by ground cover plants. These form a living mulch that protects the soil, reduces water loss to evaporation, and prevents weeds growing.
– Underground root level: We can still go a level deeper to the rhizosphere, or root zone, the underground level which is occupied by all our root crops, such as potatoes, carrots, ginger, yacon, etc.
– Vertical Vines: While that might seem like a lot of plants in one space, we still have one more to fill, the upright vertical space. This is filled by climbers and vines, which can be run up trellises, arbours, fences, trees or any other vertical support. This category includes grapes, climbing beans, many berries, passionfruit, kiwi fruit, climbing peas, chokos and many other species that love to climb.
Thank you – http://permaculturenews.org/2011/10/21/why-food-forests/
What does a swale look like?
Here it is – and it can be created in any small garden or even in a big pot on your balcony as just a slight slope and ditch will focus the water where it is needed most.
A great to conserve water.
Permaculture basics – for any garden design, big or small.
In this order from most important to consider:
Some time ago we posted some great Permaculture tips e.g. the herb spiral garden, planted swales (curved ditches) down a slope to capture and retain water for your vegetable garden.
To create a Permaculture garden or a permanent culture of sustainable ecology, even before the above tips, the 3 most important features to consider in any garden project are:
1. Water – where does the water enter and exit your property? In what direction does water naturally flow? This is the best path to capture your water, retain it to nourish your garden. Its all about retaining water with less run off as possible without waterlogging your garden whilst relieving the need for mains water.
2. Access – how can you access your property by foot or vehicle? How easy is it to access your water, main garden or structure? Is access blocked by a structure or potential pooling of water?
3. Structure – where are the buildings on your property? Are they in the way of water flow, or access, on a hill or close to the perimeter? If we had a choice, where shall we place our structure – house or shed?
Thank goodness for the internet hey 😉 !
Where can we find great recipes, tried, tested with helpful tips? What is your favourite source or website?
With so many good sources around, it is so easy to change your diet for the better with lots of tips and recipes to help you along your way.
We love our books too, though the internet is a vast universe of what would be a lifetime x infinity worth of delicious, fun dishes and cuisines to explore and share with loved ones.
Our favourite at the moment is:
We love this website! Raw and easy to make and fresh, nutritious and delicious. It is an Australian source too.
Another great site where you can find the delicious Sun-dried Tomato Tart with Zucchini Hummus below:
This final link has alot of good sources.
Enjoy browsing and we’d love you to share your recipe results with us. Any good tips, we’ll publish!
For all your ingredient needs, we welcome product suggestions too, pop into: http://obg.com.au
Natali’s Certified Organic Dessert pudding mixes – mix with your favourite non-dairy milk.
Uses real chocolate, fruit, grains with Agar Agar – a vegan seaweed thickener or gelling agent used for thousands of years to produce a quick and easy pudding mix. Just 3-6 ingredients.
Gelatine Free! plus
Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly
…. some Sugar Free!
Vanilla – real vanilla bean
At last – KONJAC Low Carb Gluten Free High Fibre ‘Naked’ Noodles by Jen.
Certified Organic too – like no other.
Enjoy Angel Hair or Fettucine:
– High Fibre
– Low Carb
– Fat Free
– Egg Free
– Dairy Free
– Soy Free
– Sugar Free
– Gluten and Wheat Free
– Low GI
– Low carlories = only 6 calories per serving
– Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly
– Certified Organic
– BPA Free Packaging
– Superfood Konjac – regulate hormones, aids weight loss, stabilises blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, anti ageing, constipation and more!
On the Revolutionary Metabolism Boosters episode of his show, Dr. Mehment Oz called Konjac fibre “the most potent natural fiber that I know of.”
Its TOO easy to make, yum! That’s what it is!
The Ultimate Black Bean Chocolate Cake Recipe
– thank you to one of our customers for this wonderful recipe!
(Adapted from the www.thedessertangel.com, thank you!)
– 425g/15 oz/1 can (or roughly 1 ½ cup) cooked black beans in can, drained and rinsed
– 5 large eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla powder or 1 vanilla bean or 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
– ½ tsp salt
– 3 tbsp coconut oil – liquefied, or olive oil
– 8 tbsp agave syrup
– 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce (apple sauce by stewing apples and adding cinnamon)
– 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
– 6 tbsp cacao powder
– 2 tsp baking soda/bicarb soda
– ½ cup of melted dark chocolate
1. Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F
2. Combine beans, 3 eggs, vanilla, agave, salt into a bowl and blend with a stick blender or in a blender – until smooth. Remove from blender and place in a bowl.
3. With a beater, beat coconut oil with the remaining two eggs until combined until fluffy.
4. Add the bean mixture to the egg mixture and blend with a beater or stick blender.
5. Add in apple sauce and apple cider vinegar to the bean mixture and continue beating/blending well.
6. In a separate bowl, beat together cocoa powder and baking soda
7. Finally, add the cocoa mixture to the bean mixture and beat until smooth
8. Pour into a lined, oiled/lightly buttered 8 or 9-inch spring form cake pan
9. Bake for 40 minutes at 160°C/325°F
10. Cake is done when top is rounded and firm to touch.
11. Let cake cool on a wire rack, then leave overnight on counter in a sealed container before frosting.
Sweet Chocolate Frosting –
Servings: 16 (Recipe frosts one 9-inch cake)
– 1 ½ cup pitted dates – slightly moist. (soaked overnight if they are dry – don’t soak in too much water, only a little, so sweetness is not expelled into water.)
– ¾ cup ground almonds/almond meal
– 1 ½ cup coconut milk
– 1/8 tsp salt
– 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
– 1 tbsp brown rice flour
– ¼ cup coconut oil – liquefied, or olive oil
– 4 tbsp agave syrup
– 1/3 cup cacao powder.
1. Puree dates and ground almonds for a few minutes with a stick blender in a jug.
2. Add in coconut milk and puree until creamy and smooth.
3. Add in the rest of the ingredients and continue to puree until creamy and smooth.
4. Refrigerate for a few hours before frosting – only needs 1-2 hours.
5. Keep any leftover frosting or your frosted cake in the fridge.
6. Spread frosting over or inbetween layers of your cake and enjoy!
Our category today is Beans & Legumes:
Dried beans and BPA Free Cans!
1. Great new handy sizes of Beans, Lentils:
500g Red Split, Channa Dhal, Black Beluga and Soup Mixes with Barley and also a Gluten Free version.
Also the much loved Green French Puy Lentil, Green and Yellow Split Peas.
2. Ready mixed packs of Dhal with a wonderful Ayurvedic spice blend by Satvik, NSW. So delicious!
Enjoy a nutritious, high protein, high fibre dip, salad, soup or curry.
3. OR enjoy the Ultimate Black Bean Chocolate Cake –
– Gluten Free
– Dairy Free
– Cane Sugar Free too!
The best way to add protein and goodness to your diet and ideal for the kids too. Who doesn’t love a chocolate cake?
Tried and baked many times over. Let us know what you think!
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