First Sunday in May is traditionally World Permaculture day
It is also Honey month
A day when and where people come together to share ideas, ideals, ways of doing and the how’s of doing. A day of places to visit to learn about this big word Permaculture. Work shops and open gardens. Community events.
How to look after the gardens they have. Ways to improve their soil. How to make mulch or compost. What to use the compost for. How to encourage worms into their gardens whether of flowers, vegetable or a mixture because these wriggly friends move nutrients through your soil and break it down silently. They are your invisible friends working in the background or in the worm farm.
Why, how and are you allowed to keep the humble hens for their eggs in your suburban back yard or rural property…but watch out for Mr Fox or other predators!…how to build their little hen houses or castles.
How to make use of your small suburban block in a productive way. Suburban homesteading. There don’t have to be grand ideas or spending lots of money. Starting small or micro small. Just the act of getting to and starting and not being afraid to give it a go.
As I wrote in a post on “Sharing” …it’s not in the big words of Sustainable Living or as now Permaculture, it’s in the doing it simply without worrying about the big words. Read what I said about sharing. Remember how our parents or family did things in their little patch of earth called home. They did it to support the family budget. They worked hard, had to work hard to survive, and just got on with doing because there was no other way.
They worked together, had working bees, helped each other, supported each other and shared with each other. I know I had chores which gave me the love and understanding of gardening to this day….but there’s always things to learn which in itself is good even as one approaches retiring age. Ones brain doesn’t become stale. New horizons are there beckoning.
Try growing a few herbs in pots or on a window sill. Share what you have with a friend or neighbour. Do a bit of research. Do grow a few marigolds or such amongst your veggies to attract the bees for a productive garden.
Bees our friends that I blogged about on “World Health Day”. Little workers that the world can’t do without.
Share with the children and teach them about the simple things of a garden. The joys of a garden. The responsibility that goes with gardening too. The awesomeness of growth. Share the beauty, it’s free.
So many things that we can simply do or already are doing unknowingly, without the need for big words.
Wonderful post Alexa – starting with whatever we can do is the best approach rather than thinking it has to be a total overhaul. – deb xx
Thanks for visiting Deb. Yes it’s doing the little steps that work the best as they don’t overwhelm. You see results albeit small but it’s better than none…like my garden at the moment. Planted couple of orange trees, time to plant the others later. I’m In the process of repairing a rock garden wall that has been an on off on off process for ages and getting me down…today I felt like being outside and got stuck into it. Now my arm muscles ache:)
It’s all about dirt under the fingernails
Am loving your blog Alexa I totally relate to this, little bit by little bit we will create something great and everlasting.
Hi Alexa…thank you for dropping by, sorry it’s taken me a while to come and visit…life.
I’m with Deb there above, it’s all about dirt under the fingernails lol.
To be truthful, I’m still not sure that I have a full grasp of what permaculture is, since it wasn’t really spoken about until recently here, it’s starting to filter into the everyday garden talk a bit more each year.
But if it’s sustaining, and building up the soil, the land, loving the earth, and respecting it, and abstaining from pesticides then I am totally in, both hands full of dirty fingernails.
We are in our 3rd spring here in our new to us house…the back yard was like a football field when we moved in. Apparently there was nothing but bare dirt there before…now. Well now, it’s starting to look like a wildlife haven, birds all year round, they bring their babies back to visit, butterflies, and pollinators swing by to see what’s for lunch…We have the occasional deer in the winter, and there has been rumors of a black bear cub.
I’m happy to make it hospitable for them, now if only the cats would stop using my raised beds as litterboxes…lol.
Thanks for visiting Jen…what an awesome place you have described your home and property to be. May you continue to enjoy its beauty day by day. Alexa