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Annette Jones

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Hope you're still up to posting updates :-) Would love to see them
3 days ago
Just found this post and watched the YouTube video, awesome descriptions and photography, you've shown how to turn lemons into lemonade turning the effects of Covid into a productive garden, Just great. Love the title too :-)
5 days ago
Thank you for posting pictures it helps to visualise your area.

I agree with Angela, using the old plum and apple trees, cut up and placed as a hugel base solves that problem of what to do with the trees. I would tale cuttings first and any that take could be used on the top of the hugel, a hugel would also raise the bed enough to get the sun it lacks now.

There are other plants that can be used further down, someone mentioned edible hostas and I use sweet potatoes on mine as the vines like moist feet (bottom of the hugel), and climb and give cover for other plants, plus you can eat the leaves and tubers. A lot of herbs like mints, coriander and parsley also like shade.

New habitat from some rocks and other bits and pieces in another location where you don't mind them being would help with the salamanders especially if you can relocate some of them when you make them, others then follow to mate, they like being near each other.

Magnets do work on removing nails, I often do it myself after burning old wood palings found dumped along the road in the firepit then I use the ash to mix into my compost.

Your frustration is probably because you are trying to do everything at once so breaking it down will work, I've been overwhelmed many times as I attempted different project over the years and it always helps to take small steps, also if you have like-minded friends or family to occasionally help? I don't know if that's possible but worth a try.

Please keep up updated this has been a really interesting thread and your pictures made it easier to respond to you. Thanks, and hope you find something helpful to take away from everyone.

In Australia the Aboriginal people identify 7 different seasons which I have found to be more accurate than the standard 4 accepted. Each told what foods and where water was available
Biderap, Dry Season (Jan-Feb)
Iuk, Eel Season (March)
Waring, Wombat Season (April-July)
Guling, Orchid Season (Aug)
Poorneet, Tadpole Season (Sept-Oct)
Buarth Gurru, Grass Flowering Season (Nov)
Garrawang, Kangaroo-Apple Season (Dec)

I notice that many others on here identify in the same way they do, that is by watching changes in flora and fauna which is how permies see seasons.

Those of you who are closer to the natural rhythms of the earth and more grounded than city people have already said how lingering last snow, kidding, lambing, egg laying, first shoots of plants etc, tell them exactly where they are regarding their particular seasons in their own areas of the world.

Here in OZ we are experiencing an extended summer intermingled with autumn weather and some very confused plants, animals, and especially birds are in places they haven't been seen before.

Lucky can all come here for advice, community and common sense from other permies to rely on to help us through some of the dilemmas the climate is throwing at us in so many places around the globe.

I think this thread is great for bringing it home to all of us that seasons aren't set in 4 but in what our surroundings dictate. Some of your answers are priceless when it comes to describing your realities, I smiled through your answers and can't wait to read more
5 days ago
I agree with Jim. 20 years coming up deserves something special. Happy 19th birthday permies!

I have learned so much from practical advice often including pictures, illustrations and patterns. My farming background was good preparation for doing my first permaculture course with Bill Mollison here in Australia, it so opened my mind to how demonstrating this way of life by reaching out to others and actually showing what can be achieved can literally start to change others' lives  for the better too, especially with recessions about to hit many.

I believe is providing a global service in bringing all the most knowledgeable, respected permaculturists from all over the world through this site at one time or another and sharing their talents to all of us members. Books and videos can only do so much. I have found by reaching out through the forums, step by step info in photos and instruction is freely given so that is way ahead of other groups because of the Forums, videos, podcasts, and ebooks, they're the biggest asset to everyone for what to do and how to go about it.

The people on here are amazingly kind in sharing what they know, just look at what comes out of the Wheaton laboratories thanks to the woofers and those doing PDC's and PEPs, surely 20 years deserves some serious consideration.
What a beautiful patterning of snow in the paving, and a lovely reason to fire up the RMH
2 weeks ago
Well done, a great project, will be interesting to see how it responds :-)
2 weeks ago
Welcome back, Happy cats and a lot of very healthy sweet potato slips. How on earth did kitty get a name like Donkey :-)
3 weeks ago