Inge Leonora-den Ouden

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Accompanying the gardens (front and back yard) of my rented ground-floor appartment in the transformation to a miniature-food-forest, following permaculture principles (nature's laws) in different aspects of life
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During my three week bicycle trip in the eastern part of the Netherlands I ended up in this region along the river Maas, between the provinces Limburg and Noord-Brabant. Here it's called 'Maasheggen' (hedges of the Maas). It's a protected cultural landscape with hedges between fields. These hedges, or living fences, are made out of interwoven thorny shrubs, in a traditional way, and all kind of climbing plants grow in there too. Some of the shrubs have edible berries (more for birds than for humans). I have two photos, one giving an impression of the landscape, the other a close-up of some species growing in the hedge (including the rare Bryonia dioica, with its non-edible berry-like fruits).

1 week ago
E-mail linked me to this interesting topic. I'll start sharing my most recent photo of edible flower (and fruit) from my garden. Nasturtium & cherry tomato tasted good together!
1 week ago
Hi Valya. You ask for our opinions, so I think you can take some 'negative feedback' too.
In my opinion this goes too far in a direction that can't be called 'permaculture'. Knitting, making useful things such as clothes (including sweaters for dogs in a cold region), using materials which don't harm nature, that's part of a permaculture lifestyle. But making 'birthday hats' for dogs ... Sorry, but I don't think so ...
2 weeks ago

Tony Nash wrote:Will start building my own soon!

Please show us this project, Tony (or maybe in a new thread)
2 weeks ago
Maybe I changed my settings myself, but then I did something wrong. First I got those messages about threads I might have missed, and every time there were interesting new threads I never saw before. But now the message only mentioned the threads I actively follow, nothing new ...
I once knitted a sweater for Toetie, my doggie. But she doesn't like to wear it. I think she also won't like a hat. Maybe a hat with holes for her ears; hearing (and smelling) is very important for her, because she has very bad eyesight. (Sorry, can't find the photo of Toetie with sweater).

I knitted a cover for mt favourite chair. This is a special knitting chair, without arm-rests!
3 weeks ago
I received this recently. And started reading immediately. Here's my review on the book.

The Good Guide to Growing Tropical Plants Beyond the Tropics
by David The Good

The first part of this book is useful in any climate. The author gives reasons why you should experient with plants that normally grow in warmer climates. He explains why a greenhouse is not always necessary, gives advices on other methods for making hot spots in the garden.
I missed advice for when it is not freezing cold, but it's cloudy and rainy during many consecutive days.
The second part gives a list of tropical plants. Most of these species can be grown in less hot climates, like in North Florida. But in temperate and cold zones there is no way to grow these plants, only sometimes maybe in a heated greenhouse with growlights.

So this book is most useful for gardeners in North Florida. Less so in the Netherlands.

In my next post I will show my warmth-loving plants in their new -almost South facing- corner.
3 weeks ago
Hi Jeremy. I am following your thread. Could be you're the one who'll get the hand-knitted woollen hat (cap, beany, or whatever head-wear) mentioned in the reverse kickstarted thread ...
4 weeks ago
I think the part of observing, getting to know things like soil, sun, wind, water, etc. should be done before starting the homestead. Before deciding to buy or rent a certain piece of land. But I am not experienced in this. I already rented the place for some years, and had plenty of time to observe it, before I decided to apply permaculture principles in my life, a.o. producing edibles in the garden and starting a compost heap.
4 weeks ago

Joseph Yarbrough wrote:Did I miss a post? Wasn't the ant people village filled?

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Aug 09, 2016 13:03:23
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Spot #4 is now available.  Curtis tells me that he won't be returning to ant village this year.

Joseph, I think you missed a lot. Not all information is in this one thread. If you listen Paul's podcasts and read his 'pseudo-blog' you'll have a lot more details on the Ant Village and its people.
1 month ago