Diverse Organic Gardening

Food Forest
Here we are in the first week of November already and the days are warming up but the nights are still cool.  We have a diverse range of plants in our organic gardens, from stone fruit needing the winter chill factor to tropical plants that won't tolerate our winter frosts. We will try almost anything in our garden and if it needs protection from the sun or the cold we try our best to provide it. There are a lot of plants that have tags on them when you buy them saying "Likes full sun" but won't stand the full summer sun in our area, so need to be covered in summer or grown in the shade of another tree. I guess that is the permaculture way, find a natural solution…
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Energy Efficient Housing

Sustainable Buildings
Energy Efficient Housing I believe that there should be incentives from governments to encourage homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient. New houses should be built to an energy efficiency standard as it is much easier to do when it is under construction. Solar water heating and solar power systems should be included as well. If more homes generated electricity and feed excess energy back into the power grid fewer power stations would need to be built. We have decided to make our home more energy efficient to save money and as we feel it is the right thing for the planet. As we have very hot summers where we live, keeping the house cool without using air conditioning is a major problem for us. We do need some…
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Reed Beds and Grey Water for the Garden

Food Forest
Recycling Grey Water As we live in a dry climate with almost all our rainfall occurring in the winter, conserving and recycling water is one of our priorities. Using grey water, which is laundry and bathroom water, not the kitchen or toilet water, from the house for the garden would make sense as it is really wasted when it ends up in a septic system. I like the idea of using reed beds to clean the grey water before it is used in the garden. There are other greywater systems available to purchase commercially but are very expensive. Reed bed systems should be able to be done reasonably cheaply. Local government approvals for a system that is not commercially designed and tested may be difficult to attain. The use of water…
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