The Good Earthwith permaculture experts, Lucinda Coates and Margaret Mossakowska
|Photo by M. Mossakowska|
Do you have a boggy patch in the garden?
What about watering you garden without turning on the hose?
Sounds impossible, but there are ways you can save water from disappearing down the stormwater drain but altering the landscape of your garden.
And no, it doesn’t have to look ugly at all.
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Note: a swale is not a drain but stores water in the soil. By stopping the run-off, it prevents soil erosion as well. How it works is this: Rain falls on your property, and instead of running straight down the slope, it runs to the swale and gathers. There it soaks in slowly, forming a lens of water underneath the swale. This provides a area of shallow sub-surface water downslope from it for an amazingly long time, so your grass will stay greener, and you won't need to water very often.
If you have a question about any building swales or anything about permaculture that hasn’t been covered in the show so far, why not drop us a line. to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675, or post them on Real World Gardeners facebook page, we’d love to hear from you.
What are microgreens?
Microgreens are very young edible greens from vegetables, herbs or other plants.
It has to be said, growing microgreens is the speediest way to growing leafy greens.
- Microgreens even though they’re really small have intense flavours but not as strong it would’ve been if the plant was left to grow to full size.
- Usually I start talking about the history of the vegetable or fruit at this point.
- There’s not much history at all about micro greens.
- Maybe they started off as a fad in the 1990’s who knows?
- They seem to be catching on more and more, because you can get seeds marketed as micro greens from major chain stores that have a gardening section.
Design Elementswith landscape designer Louise McDaid
Inspiration SeriesInspiration from the Pine Cottage garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show
Do you know someone who thinks a cottage garden is a row of Agapanthus, lawn and maybe a fountain?
Yes, I know someone who thinks just that.
What is a cottage garden then?
It started in England in the 1870’s and is an informal design but lots of plants.
Even mixing ornamental or decorative plants with edible plants, and a rose covered gateway.This year at Chelsea, there was a modern twist to the cottage garden.
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These gardens had an emphasis on vegetables and herbs, along with some fruit trees, perhaps a beehive, and even livestock!
If you have a cottage garden, send in a photo, and I’ll send you a copy of Jane Davenport’s the Garden Guardian.
Send it to our email address, or just post it.