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We thought we would share our process for preparing a garden bed ahead of planting, which includes; •⁠ Reducing compaction •⁠ Adding gypsum (due to our heavy clay soil) and compost to improve soil structure •⁠ And feeding the soil with a complete organic fertiliser so the plant has all the nutrients and minerals it requires for a season of growth •⁠ Have you heard about @adelaideediblegardentrail yet? It's a project to share tips and stories of people already growing here in Adelaide, and to inspire others to do the same. They've got lots of cool video tours and people will be sharing their pictures and stories too •⁠ This video is part of the Food Fun(damentals) series with the @thefoodembassy . Supported by @cityofonkaparinga •⁠ #Organic #Seed #Seedling #Growing #Veggies #Homegrown #VegetableGarden #VeggieGarden #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades #AdelaideEdibleGardenTrail

Quandongs are growing!⁠ ​•⁠ Really stoked with the germination of our Quandong (Kurti in Kaurna language) this year.⁠ ​•⁠ We followed the Neville Bonney method; soaking overnight before a blazing hot summer day and then laying on an oven tray to crack in the sun. After that they were rested on a light potting mix and finally once the seed begins to open up they are placed into tubes.⁠ ​•⁠ Quandongs are famously parasitic, but they don't require a host until they are a few months old, so these will be planted near other natives this winter.⁠ ​•⁠ #Kurti #Quandong #AustralianNativeFood #Bushfood #BushTucker #Seed #Propagation #FruitTree #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #PlasticFree #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades⁠

Growing veggies from seed⁠ ​•⁠ There are few things as satisfying as growing your own food from seed. We've been food gardening for over 10 years, but it's only been in the last couple of years that we have really started nailing growing our own seedlings.⁠ ​•⁠ Dani is running a workshop this Saturday 11am at Woodcroft Community Centre (link in our bio) and sharing the tips and tricks we've gained over the years. Tickets are just $5 and there are a few spots left - we'd love to see you there!⁠ ​•⁠ #Seed #Seedling #Growing #Veggies #Homegrown #VegetableGarden #GoSouthGoLocal #AdelaideEdibleGardenTrail #VeggieGarden #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades⁠ ⁠

Restoring an old spokeshave • A neighbour kindly gifted us some old spokeshaves that belonged to her father, which consist of a chisel-like blade held in a two-handled unit. They are great for making fine smoothing cuts, and in our case, working the handles of spoons and the outside of bowls. • This spokeshave hadn't been used in some time when given to us, and then sat in our shed for quite some time too. Finally we got inspired by the @gardeningaustralia segment by Luke Mitchell @woodstoneragandbone where he lovingly restored an old pruning saw, and so Sam took the spokeshave apart, soaked the whole thing in vinegar for a couple of days, and scrubbed it with steel wool. The blade also received the full sharpening treatment on our water grinder, and now looks as good as it works. • What tools have you got laying around that could use some love and attention? • #Spokeshave #Restoration #DIY #Repair #Woodworking #HandTools #Timber #Wood #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #PlasticFree #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades

Our main vegetable garden in Permaculture Zone 1, taken about a month ago (it's now fully in transition to winter crops)⁠ •⠀⁠⁠ From closest to furthest, there's a row of cherry tomatoes growing on mesh, cucumbers and leeks, big indeterminate tomatoes growing on strings and a bamboo frame, capsicums and eggplant, leeks and beetroot, pumpkins and corn, and finally a row of cucumber & melon & pumpkin & corn.⁠ •⠀⁠ The big learnings from this year were; that we will always use mesh to grow tomatoes from now on - it was much easier to manage than the string and frame method. We are really happy with the double-row 45cm offset spacing for capsicums and eggplant after having crowded them in previous years. And we had our best cucumber crop ever by doing an early planting followed by a late planting.⁠ •⠀⁠ What were your learnings this season?⁠ •⠀⁠ #Summer #Growing #Veggies #Homegrown #VegetableGarden #Organic #OrganicGardening #VeggieGarden #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #PlasticFree #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades

Our talented friend (11 years old) drew this for us. We love it and are very thankful for the piece, our friends, and our family ❤️ • #FamilyPortrait #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #PlasticFree #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades

Grubby hands and white walls⁠ •⁠ As gardeners we often have dirt on our hands, and the bathroom wall around the light switch ends up copping some of that dirt.⁠ •⁠ Rather than just washing the walls, which is a temporary solution at best, we decided to cover the area with timber. When timber gets dirty it develops a 'patina', which is actually quite beautiful in our opinion. ⁠ •⁠ It was also a good opportunity for Sam to practice his mitre joints, where two pieces of 90 degree timber are joined with two 45 degree cuts. Using scrap wood that was neither square or consistently thick made for an extra challenge. If you don't look too closely, it worked out pretty well. In any case, it will protect the wall for years to come.⁠ •⁠ #MitreJoint #Design #DIY #Repair #Woodworking #HandTools #Timber #Wood #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #PlasticFree #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades⁠

Planting out winter seedlings⁠ ​•⁠ Dani sowed lots of seeds back in February so we can replant our beds with healthy sized seedlings as soon as summer crops come out. This is a great way to be more efficient with a smaller growing space.⁠ ​•⁠ Our seedlings have already been 'hardened off', which means we have exposed them to wind and full sun, and even left them out on a table overnight. This avoids the plants getting overly shocked, which can sometimes happen if you plant straight from your windowsill or greenhouse.⁠ ​•⁠ However, we still want to give seedlings the best possible start when they are in the ground, and to protect them from drying winds and nibbling mouths. As a result, we put glass jars or flagons with the bottoms cut off over the seedlings for the first week after planting, or until they get too big. We find this massively reduces our losses and the plants that are protected always grow faster than the ones without covers, which are also called cloches.⁠ ​•⁠ We used to think that overheating might be an issue, but it doesn't seem to be. The cloche traps moisture and creates a more humid environment, which reduces evaporation from the leaves.⁠ ​•⁠ #Cloche #Growing #Veggies #Homegrown #VegetableGarden #Organic #OrganicGardening #VeggieGarden⁠ #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #PlasticFree #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades⁠

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DIY Green Roof construction • Since posting a couple of pictures back in November of our shipping container green roof, an article with full costings and step-by-step pictures has been published in the latest edition of @theownerbuilder magazine • We hope it will inspire people to keep experimenting with this construction technique, particularly in urban areas where biodiversity is decreasing and the urban heat island effect is increasing • If it's too tricky to read the article here as images, we've also uploaded a pdf to a shared google drive folder (link in our bio) while we wait for our website to launch - coming this winter! • #GreenRoof #LivingRoof #RooftopGarden #Growing #Nature #Biodiversity #Habitat #Revegetation #GreenArchitecture #Design #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades

Free food gardening workshops!⁠ •⁠ Folk of all Trades and @thefoodembassy are excited to bring you this series of three workshops on an introduction to growing and sharing food.⁠ •⁠ There will be three in-person hands-on workshops, plus three short videos to watch in your own time.⁠ •⁠ Series topics:⁠ •⁠ Preparation: growing from seeds, seedlings, selecting a site/growing location, and more.⁠ Fri 9 April, 10-11.30am, Aldinga (Folk of all Trades garden)⁠ •⁠ Planting: planting, plant care, fertilising and watering, plus more.⁠ Fri 7 May, 10-11.30am, Aldinga (Folk of all Trades garden)⁠ •⁠ Accessing and sharing: sharing abundance, community gardens, online and social media groups, plus more.⁠ Fri 4 Jun, 10-11.30am, Aldinga (exact location TBC with The Food Embassy)⁠ •⁠ These workshops are open to all @cityofonkaparinga residents, particularly those under 35 and/or those underemployed or with work impacted by Covid-19.⁠ •⁠ Feel free to book a place for yourself, or share with your networks 😊 The link is in our profile.⁠ •⁠ #Growing #Veggies #Homegrown #VegetableGarden #Organic #OrganicGardening #VeggieGarden #Soil #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #PlasticFree #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades⁠

Honey harvest 2021 • This is our first time harvesting honey, which we've taken from our very active Langstroth (classic box) hive. The bees are from a swarm we caught back in September, and they've been working hard all through spring and summer. • Our main motivation for keeping bees isn't honey, it's for their pollination services and the pleasure of watching them work. We made the decision to harvest this weekend because they had completely filled their second box with honey and had therefore ran out of room. • We subscribe to a philosophy of natural beekeeping, which is an approach that prioritises the health of the bees. It's something we are still learning about, but one approach we've taken on is to cut out the wax and honey together, and let the bees build brand new wax. This means we get less honey, but means the bees are always building fresh comb, which can reduce the prevalence of pests and diseases. It also means we get more beeswax for candles, balms, and beeswax wraps. • The bulk of the honey harvest went into jars, which look like liquid sunshine and taste incredible. All the rinsings and scraps went into a pot to separate the wax and honey water. The latter will be fermented into mead and a sparkling honey soft drink we will carbonate using homebrewing equipment. Yum! • #Honey #Beekeeping #Harvest #NaturalBeekeeping #Mead #Beeswax #VeggieGarden #O #BackToBasics #SimpleLiving #Natural #DIY #MakeYourOwn #Sustainability #GreenLiving #SustainableLiving #SimpleLife #Eco #VoluntarySimplicity #Homestead #PlasticFree #WarOnWaste #ZeroWaste #Retrosuburbia #Permaculture #PermacultureAustralia #PermacultureSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #FolkOfAllTrades