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We’re back!

OBG has been quiet in our blogs, with more posts on Twitter and Facebook. Though we’re back. Having moved our warehouse to bigger premises and expanding our range every day. We’re an ‘organic’ group with lots more organic ideas to come.

To reboost our energy after a month of logistical thinking, lets be creative again.

A perfect affirmation to say and feel. Aw, do seals ever feel unhappy?

 

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Hugelkultur mound from 1 month growing over 20 years.

A colourful example of how a hugelkultur mound grows over 20 years:

http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/

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Hugelkultur – you can do this in your garden, no matter how small!.

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.

 

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Food forest – so easy, any garden can have one!

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/

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What does a swale look like?

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.

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Permaculture 101 Basics – quick lesson on the top 3

Permaculture basics – for any garden design, big or small.

In this order from most important to consider:
1. Water
2. Access
3. Structure.

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?

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Inspiration is all around you !

Inspiration is all around you !

(As you can tell, OBG has a tropical feel this week, to help us through the cooler months and to keep our summery momentum and energy supercharged throughout the year.)

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Too much of a good think can be truly wonderful!

Too much of a good thing can be truly wonderful !

…maybe too much tranquility and relaxation can be truly wonderful here :)

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Listen and relax in easy meditation.

Listen and relax…. how is your meditation going today? Meditation can just be listening to your favourite music whilst being active.

10-15 minutes each – these meditation mantras are easy to sit and listen to, even if you are working. Enjoy the tranquility of the words and music. Some excellent background explanations of each mantra make this program even more interesting.

Click and play each day’s mantra here:
http://www.mentorschannel.com/DevaPremal/21-DayMantraMeditationJourneyII/Program/

We’ve just started this 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey making OBG HQ a calm, productive, energised place today – thank you to the beautiful music of Deva Premal & Mitten.

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Anything solar is a winner for the future!

Anything solar is a winner for the future!

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http://elitedaily.com/news/technology/need-convincing-solar-roadways-worth-funding-video-will-help/604220/?utm_source=FBTraffic&utm_medium=fijifrost&utm_campaign=CMfacebook

 

 

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