Straw bales and other things…

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This straw bale was delivered today to our allotment, luckily we managed to convince the seller to deliver it to us because neither myself or my husband drive. We are planning on using it as ground cover, in lasagna style garden beds amongst a growing list of things. 

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Most of my seedlings are coming alot quite happily, growing in a combination of natural and artificial lighting. I move them from under the flourescent lights into the sun and rotate them as often as possible. The above photo is a tomato seedling called Brandywine. 

 

in less happy news I have sprained my left ankle quite badly and So have no been able to do many practical chores on the allotment because of it. Hoping that it heals quickly and that i can get gardening again soon. 

Permaculture : Intro course

This weekend I had a very interesting and intensive learning experience at a permaculture introduction course, it was also a great way to celebrate my birthday on Sunday. Having originally come from Australia I have a fairly decent understand of permaculture in relation to gardening practices but it is alot more broad than just gardening, its more a way of living that is based on Perma (Permanent) Culture (Agriculture).

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“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” – Bill Mollison

 

I learnt quite a lot and it was quite intense as swedish isn’t my first language, but I had such a fantastic time.

The core tenets of permaculture are:

  • Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.

  • Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.

  • Return of surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.

The introduction course discussed the principles or permaculture, composting, different plants, fungi, water collection, design practices, harvesting energy and so much more. A great slideshow i found is: http://www.slideshare.net/katska/intro-to-permaculture-course

I hope to later do a PDC – Permaculture Design Certificate so that I have a better grounding and learn design practices.

Vilken underbar helg! (och inte bara eftersom det var min födelsedag) Jag gjörde en introductionkurs kurs hos Medborgareskolan inom Permakultur. Min lärare heter Maria Svennbeck holisticgardening.se och lärde jag så väldigt mycket, trots att permakultur kommer ifrån Australien (mitt hemland). Om man vill lära sig mer om permakultur finns föreningen http://permakultur.se/ som har samlat information och kurser i Sverige.