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Urban Garden and Mini Food Forest Example/Project 2016/2017


In October we opened up our own project for the community to come and view/listen/learn/teach/ask questions about our example of an Urban Garden and Mini Food Forest.

We covered everything from soil, compost, food forests, animals, cooking etc. We had a guideline for topics to teach but found that discussions lead to other things too, as everything is connected!!!

It was a great way to learn to about sequester carbon and how to fight climate change from your own backyard.

Please remember this is what I had learnt over many years, courses attended recently, and learning is still happening. It is always changing, every garden is different, but my focus is on improving the soil for our health, and helping others garden/nourish in a more easy to follow way as the skills have been lost from previous generations.

On the 22nd September 2016 after completing a Permaculture Design Course with Koanga Institute I approached Marea Verry (Weston A. Price Foundation Hamilton Chapter Leader) to see if her family would like to transform their backyard into a working example of an Urban Garden and mini Food Forest to show/teach others that they can create/grow their own nutrient dense food.

Once the Design plan was completed, on the 2nd of October 2017 we started the transformation. Moving fruit trees, chickens, marking out gardens to double dig, unplanted the fruit trees for the food forest area, dismantling the compacted raised gardens etc.

I am giving loads of support, from planting plans, fertiliser plans, daily/weekly/monthly tasks and on-going working visits and advice. This is a learning experience for everyone.

Please see all our before and progress photos and keep an eye out for our next learning session.

BACKYARD BEFORE PROJECT BEGAN - TAKEN 2 OCTOBER 2016

UPDATED PROGRESS ON PROJECT - TAKEN 20 OCTOBER 2016

Gardens beds are just about all complete, with some already being planted. The mini food forest is starting to look wonderful with stepping stones to wonder through to pick and enjoy eventually.

UPDATED PROGRESS ON PROJECT - TAKEN 20 NOVEMBER 2016

Water Tanks are in place, wicking bed complete ready to plant, mulching paths to keep grass down.

UPDATED PROGRESS ON PROJECT - TAKEN 21 DECEMBER 2016

UPDATED PROGRESS ON PROJECT - TAKEN 6 JANUARY 2017

UPDATED PROGRESS ON PROJECT - TAKEN 1 FEBRUARY 2017

UPDATED WINTER PHOTOS ON PROJECT - TAKEN 217 JUNE 2017

The winter garden was a bit late going in so there has been slow growth with the cooler weather.

If you are interested in learning how to do this yourself, or would like to ask us some questions on how we could work together on a project like this then contact us today.


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