Making a Start

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Welcome to my Permaculture journey! I have taken a leap of setting up my own blog to capture my design project as part of the Permaculture Design Certificate I’m studying through the Regenerative Leadership Institute. I’m nearly halfway through the lectures and for the most part feel inspired and enlightened by this pathway to a better Earth.

For the design project, I’m improving my own backyard, which I share with beloved husband, Mr F, and adventurous daughter, Miss Z (just shy of 2 years old), and have been living in this patch of Earth for coming up to 5 years in August 2014. Miss Z is a strong motivator for the backyard works, as her exploring nature uncovers all sorts of hazards both known (rotting wood, spiders) and previously not considered (weed killer, small objects that fit in her mouth), and I really want to focus on enjoying the outdoors with her and making it a delightful place. Mr F wants an area to play basketball, and I want to fulfil some plant dreams and build our own oasis from the blazing summer heat.

As part of that, we have already made big changes to the green life and hardscaping. We had 3 trees removed to prevent potential property damage and injury,

2 paperbark trees were right up against the fence and dropped branches and spiky leaves

2 paperbark trees were right up against the fence and dropped branches and spiky leaves


This gum tree was very resilient and was an epicormic growth

This gum tree was very resilient and was an epicormic growth


A closer view of the gum tree that had produced extra branches

A closer view of the gum tree that had produced extra branches


planted some native shrubs in the garden beds,
A woolly bush, grevillea, and tick bush planted.  Newspaper and mulch was put down a little later.

A woolly bush, grevillea, and tick bush planted. Newspaper and mulch was put down a little later.

A banksia in the pot, a common mint in the middle, and a correa on the right.

A banksia in the pot, a common mint in the middle, and a correa on the right.

demolished the existing rotting verandah, and have had exposed aggregate concrete laid for a new patio area, side pathway and step, and shed area. We have 2 raised garden beds waiting to be set up as new veggie patches, and I have started growing sweet peas from seed in the kitchen window.
Galaxy mixed sweet peas are growing well 2 weeks after planting

Galaxy mixed sweet peas are growing well 2 weeks after planting

As you see, we have made a start on the backyard, and I’ll be showing you my ideas and progress with the Permaculture project to come! What do you think? Have you made any major backyard changes?

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8 thoughts on “Making a Start

  1. serd69@gmail.com

    Hi Leah,

    What a good start, I hope it is enjoyable for you as it has been for me!

    My backyard has gone from a baron clay mess to a very productive veggie patch and garden.

    My only advice is soil, soil, soil. Get this correct and everything will prosper and it will be very rewarding!!!

    Cheers
    Suzanne

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    • Oh wow, my first blog comment! Thanks Suzanne, it’s very satisfying to see your patch of earth flourishing, isn’t it? Did you do much reading or researching before you started? I hear you on the soil! Larry Korn is a key lecturer for the course and is passionate about his field of soil science. I never studied biology in Year 11 or 12 so his understanding of the soil is new to me and he’s fantastic at explaining the relationships between plants and micro-organisms and how water operates in different climates. He references the movie Field of Dreams with the quote “build it and they will come” and says it’s the same thing with providing organic matter for the soil. It will all build from there. He takes the anxiety out of the process.

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