A slightly edited version of this article was published in Permaculture magazine’s Winter 2014 edition. SONY DSC Trying to design a suburban permaculture garden around our family has led me to discover something – that far from it being a world of compromises, permaculture is the perfect approach to the family garden. It cannot be, thought we, that to make a garden “child-friendly” it must be relinquished entirely to an Olympic size trampoline or turned it in to
Not many of us would teach our children to drop litter, to chuck rubbish in the sea or to throw burning objects at buildings. Yet the humble sky lantern (or Chinese lantern) can achieve these outcomes and more every time it’s released to a few “aghs” and “oohs.” We’re not encouraged to think about what happens to a sky lantern after it’s launched. It’s the magical wonder of the floating flame that we’re meant to enjoy. But
Some things taste much better than they look. Limpets and winkles are strongly in that category. But if you like shell food and want to help make foraging for food more normal for the kids then your next family trip to the seaside could hold the key. Here is a great way we found to collect, cook and eat some shell food with the by-product of a fairy house thrown in for free. First, find the
Those plastic plant labels eh? You pay for them, they don’t look that great in your soil and they can get lost in your ground. And who wants plastic in the soil? Why bother, when there is a free option that looks much better and avoids the use of plastic altogether? Here’s how we (and our daughter) do it… About Patch of the Planet Patch of the Planet is a garden design business with a

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