August comes from the Latin word Augustus, meaning "consecrated" or "venerable," which in turn is related to the Latin augur, meaning "consecrated by augury" or "auspicious."
I cannot deny that even though there have been trials, it has always led to something greater - I am not usually a 'woo' kind of person, but when the universe speaks, again and again, you cannot help but sit up again and again and listen.
I find it true from personal to working with our clients, seeing how their systems are thriving, and how our annual PDC is about to begin. We ran around doing last minute things with excited participants to ensure that it is all ready, from handouts, materials, textbooks, template updated and venues organised. It is by far not just the most significant but most exciting journey of the year.
Also, with spring only a month away, it is time to prepare, sharpen the tools and prepare for the season's beauty.
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One thing that I have found interesting with the recent dive into design now that I am in a rental is how similar in thought processes there is between large acreage and small rentals.
The fact that mobile infrastructure comes into its own.
But the question needs to be asked, what kind of things can we grow in pots. The answer is, well, an awful lot.
It still comes down to the soil and the management required to maintain the system. As everything is in pots or other mobile infrastructure, we need to increase what we need to do or design systems into it that will allow us to grow still what we need in the space we have.
We can grow herbs and spices, leafy vegetables, beans and peas, root and fruiting vegetables and even trees.
While it is all possible, we need to consider things when we are looking at plants in pot care.
First is potting mixes - there is a wide variety of potting mixes available, and some even dig the soil out of the garden to use in pots, though this is not readily recommended. While if you own your place, you might have access to large quantities of compost that you make yourself, this is not always an option when you rent.
So finding a good quality potting mix that you can amend with compost and when the need arises is very important.
Next is choosing the right pot - When selecting a pot, we can look at the size and the colour. I always use terracotta as I have found that the plastic ones break down in our summer heat too quickly and can cause plant stress, not to mention the extra work when it needs to be repotted.
The pots can be painted in different colours to help match the house or make a focal point subject to what you are trying to achieve. This is also an excellent activity for kids.
Pots can be moved subject to the time of year - in the summer heat or moved into the light as the sun lowers in the sky in winter.
With larger plants, size matters. Understanding how large the plant will grow gives you things to consider, not just the soil type, the nutrients and the water holding capacity. Smaller pots need to be watered more often than larger ones. Allowing the roots of the tree to express themselves will ultimately create a more health resilient tree.
Lastly, we also need to consider the weight. If you are looking at moving it frequently or live in a unit with a balcony, you will need to consider the weight allowance. Otherwise, it can create a whole world of issues.
Great use of vertical spaces is to also grow plants in hanging baskets. While typically used for ornamentals, they are also great for growing strawberries, tomatoes and even mint.
Upcycles containers are also a great resource. Large tines or something similar is a cheap and easy option to quickly start.
Drainage (oops) - Whatever type of pot you chose, always remember to make sure that there is enough hole to allow any excess water to escape; otherwise, we will have a plant drown, or its roots start to rot. Having something underneath to capture that extra water, though, which can store it and wick back into the pot will increase the water time and not create waste.
From there, it is as simple as how to sow your seeds, whether sun-loving or shade varieties - using your own seed raising mix, plant your trees and think about the water requirements to the planning.
We tend to think that if we do not own it, there is nothing we can do, but if we think outside the box, there is very little we cannot do
New Location, new course content, inspiring guest teachers, exciting new design templates and all lead by professional permaculture designer, consultant and teacher, Michael Wardle and his team at Savour Soil Permaculture.
We need to create a vision. We need to change the climate of our minds. We need to rebuild our inner landscapes. We need a positive, solution-focused way of thinking. We need to be inspired, and we have to act. We need to heal ourselves, our landscapes, our relationship with nature and our culture & communities. We need to learn how to reconnect with nature so we can mimic it in the design of our present and our future.
Limited to 15 participants to maximise learning outcomes Cost: Early Bird: $800, Full Price: $1000
"This PDC wasn't the first course I have completed with Michael but definitely the most life-transforming. If there was ever the right time to finally tackle a PDC, it was 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic. Michael is a great teacher and has so much knowledge to share, but his real ability is in bringing people together to share their stories and their ideas, find solutions in problems, and to build capacity for making a difference in our own communities, even if it's as simple as showing our neighbours what a difference healthy soil can make. Michael was the qualified teacher leading the course, but it was the brilliant group of people I built connections with over 16 weeks who taught me just as much about permaculture in practice."
- Dave, 2020
"I commend Michael Wardle on the creation of this brilliant resource, which integrates some of the best thinking in permaculture design with his many years of experience as a professional permaculture designer and educator. I hope that many people benefit from this accessible, step-by-step sequence which provides a robust scaffold for high quality permaculture design"
Dan Palmer (VEG, Making permaculture stronger, Holistic decision making)
(About the template we use for the designs in our course)
Not only do we benefit from Michaels extensive experience as an educator but the wealth of knowledge and passion from the entire Savour Soil design team.
We are also privileged to welcome Permaculture Elder and inspirational educator Robin Clayfield for a day of social permaculture. Tim Barker is a consummate gentleman actually living and breathing what he teaches. He will enlighten us with his rocket stoves and so much more.
Each week we learn a new aspect of permaculture and having these wonderful individuals join our course, bringing their very special insight is an absolute joy.
For those doing our PDC we are offering:
Make your final design stand out with a professional look using INKSCAPE.
For just $50 we will teach you the basics, over 5 zoom sessions as an optional extra. Free for Members of the Ipswich Good Food Group.
For those thinking about taking their design even further we have our professional toolbox available for purchase too.
NEW LOCATION for 2021
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Great new central location, ample parking, awesome facilities.
21 Park Street,
Ipswich, Qld 4305