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Image select plants

By Wendy Seabrook

How to select plants for your planting project

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to select plants perfect for the job that needs doing?

To choose the right species whatever project you’ve got planned – living mulch, green manure, a windbreak… We’d save so much time and money retrofitting expensive mistakes.

Most websites, books, and friends supply lists of potential species. That’s useful.

But it’s not the best advice.

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Using fertilizers for sweet potates

By Wendy Seabrook

What nobody gets about using fertilisers

I was astounded by the news that we don’t need to be using fertilizers.

That we can stop drip-feeding our plants with expensive minerals, commercial fertilizers and labour intensive alternatives, such as compost and biofertilizers.

It’s SUPER IMPORTANT though to realise that our soils won’t miraculously dish out nutrients to our plants.

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Need fertilizers Gabe Brown

By Wendy Seabrook

Do you need to use fertilizers?

What would you say to someone who told you – “you don’t need to use fertilizers”?

“Don’t be ridiculous”?

“Are you out of your mind”? “I’d like to see you do it!”

I would have said the same thing a few years back!

That’s why I wanted to share this short video with you.   Read more

image showing ecological perspective

By Wendy Seabrook

When times are tough it’s good to look at our gardens and farms from an ecological perspective

When times get tough it’s good to look at our farms and gardens from an ecological perspective. To stand back from working and look at how we’re doing. Even better when we use the realistic vantage point an ecosystem provides.

As Einstein famously said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”

Looking at our farms and gardens from an ecosystem perspective makes sense.

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Attract beneficial insects

By Wendy Seabrook

Flowers attract Beneficial Insects and Customers

There’s a general consensus that to be ecological, and attract beneficial insects gardens and farms need to be messy.

It’s not true.

Potager gardens cleverly disguise their ecological functions within tidy geometric garden beds.

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Close up of Perennial vegetable

By Wendy Seabrook

Growing Perennial vegetables make sense

Do you grow Kale? Many of us do. It’s so adaptable, growing as annual, biennial, and perennial vegetables. Varieties survive frost, snow, and all but the hottest months in the tropics. But have you seen wild kale, and the extraordinary conditions it grows in?

Growing Perennial vegetables makes sense. They’re hardy! Just look at the extraordinary challenging environments their ancestors grow in.

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People looking at growing food in winter

By Wendy Seabrook

Key to growing food in challenging climates

Where ever we live, there are times of the year when growing food is a challenge. Too dry, cold or wet. Frost, snow or baking hot sun…

Wouldn’t be great if it was easier to grow at these times.

We can’t change our climate, but we can lessen its impacts by improving our microclimate.

Have a look at how these two women are defeating winter and growing heaps of healthy greens.

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Picture showing the advantage of no-dig growing

By Wendy Seabrook

Is no-dig the way to grow?

Is no-dig growing better for our soils?

It is certainly less work and cheaper if you’re growing large scale, but are our soils actually better off with no-dig growing?

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Grow-more using legumes

By Wendy Seabrook

Grow more with less by networking

Healthy natural ecosystems are exceptionally efficient at using the energy and resources they have available. Wouldn’t be great if we could achieve these resource-use efficiencies, and grow more with less?  More food, without the need for extra fertilisers and other expensive inputs!   Read more

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Perennial vegetables at Green Harvest
Growing Vegetables gets easier with Perennials – interview with Frances Michael from Green Harvest
Image select plants
How to select plants for your planting project
Using fertilizers for sweet potates
What nobody gets about using fertilisers
Need fertilizers Gabe Brown
Do you need to use fertilizers?
image showing ecological perspective
When times are tough it’s good to look at our gardens and farms from an ecological perspective
Attract beneficial insects
Flowers attract Beneficial Insects and Customers
Close up of Perennial vegetable
Growing Perennial vegetables make sense
People looking at growing food in winter
Key to growing food in challenging climates
Picture showing the advantage of no-dig growing
Is no-dig the way to grow?
Grow-more using legumes
Grow more with less by networking