NZ’s rare heritage vegetables under threat.

NADENE HALL Hold the seeds of Hokianga red corn in your hand and they gleam like burnished gems. They are considered to be treasure of the most precious kind by the Koanga Institute, a non-profit charitable trust that has been saving rare and unusual heritage vegetable and flower seeds, bulbs and fruit trees for almost … Continue reading NZ’s rare heritage vegetables under threat.

How a small British garden became a mature food forest

Sami Grover (@samigrover) Video screen capture Permaculture Magazine Many years ago I picked up a book called The Permaculture Garden, by Graham Bell. I was more than a little hooked by the practical tips and inspiring visions of urban and suburban gardens turned into food forests. Since then, I've visited/read about/watched videos on more than … Continue reading How a small British garden became a mature food forest

The comprehensive guide to growing tomatoes in Canberra despite all odds

Jackie French has everything you need to know about producing perfect tomatoes in Canberra. Your guide: Growing tomatoes. Summer smells of hot grass, ripe tomatoes and the pungency of tomato leaves as you brush against them to pick the fruit. There's still time to have your own tomato crop this year. Tomatoes will start to yield ripe fruit … Continue reading The comprehensive guide to growing tomatoes in Canberra despite all odds

Learning resilience from Peru’s ancient civilisations

As the UN’s COP 20 climate negotiations in Lima slowly progressed last month, I went on a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a valley close to Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. I wanted to see how climate change is already affecting the Peruvian Andes. … Continue reading Learning resilience from Peru’s ancient civilisations

Transforming a Suburban Property: Removing a Driveway

By Jan Spencer This is the third blog describing the 15-year transformation of our quarter-acre suburban property. The previous blogs describe the site in more detail, along with reasons for making these changes, both practical and political. Another blog describes turning the garage into a living space, grass to garden and creating a food hedge … Continue reading Transforming a Suburban Property: Removing a Driveway