Green Thumb - How to No-Dig a Veggie Patch

Earlier this year, I travelled down to Tasmania, to the beautiful city of Hobart, to spend 2 weeks immersed in all things Permaculture. If you've not heard of Permaculture (it's abit of a buzz word at the moment in sustainability circles), it's basically a style of living that focuses on looking after the environment and people in equal parts - the word is derived from 'permanent agriculture', and promotes looking at things like food production and housing from the point of view of mimicking the systems in nature, with the idea that nature can organise itself much more seamlessly and in balance than us humans can. Personally, everything I learnt just seemed like common sense - go with nature, work with the natural progression of things, and it will all be so much more productive and easy. I LOVED it.

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The Garden Share Collective October 2013

So, I discovered a few years ago that I really loved to grow stuff. Actually it all started with a capsicum and a rosemary cutting I purchased from a little stall at the Sunday markets when we lived in a rental property in north west Victoria. A tenant before us had had a crack at growing some veggies, and we inherited one sad looking capsicum plant and a few dry herbs...the herbies didn't make it, but I brought that capsicum plant back from the brink and it pumped out beautiful capsicums until the frost got it in winter. Neither of us ate capsicum, but it didn't matter, I couldn't let that plant die. And being able to grow a whole rosemary bush from one little cutting, well, that felt like a massive achievement. 

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