How Trees Are Used in Garden Design

Following on from yesterday’s brief piece on how trees are useful to us, I thought I would take a little time to explore some of the ways that trees can actually be used in garden design. Trees can be used in almost any garden, no matter how large or small. Even in a tiny garden,Continue reading “How Trees Are Used in Garden Design”

Why Trees Are So Important

In my design work, and in my own life in general, trees play a very important role. Most people are of course well aware of the role trees play on our planet in regards to the carbon cycle. But have you really considered all the many ways in which trees improve our environment and makeContinue reading “Why Trees Are So Important”

Permaculture Zoning Outside and in the Home

Permaculture designs often focus on time, and how frequently the humans of the system will visit the various elements and areas of it. Zone one is used designated to the most frequently visited places. Somewhat less frequently visited areas are zone two. After which there may be further zones, radiating out the wild zones outwithContinue reading “Permaculture Zoning Outside and in the Home”

Applications for Permaculture: Sectors and Flow

In permaculture, when we talk about sectors what we are essentially considering is how energy will enter and move through the space. We should consider the sun, the wind, water, and also human energy, and the paths we take as we move around. How sun, wind and water etc. behave on the site will setContinue reading “Applications for Permaculture: Sectors and Flow”

Forest Garden Tips

If you are familiar with my work, you will no doubt have noticed that I am passionate about forest gardens. This form of food production can provide generous yields for remarkably little effort once established. And of course there are many other benefits to forest gardening too – for our households, communities and the widerContinue reading “Forest Garden Tips”

Perennial Vegetables For a Low Maintenance Garden

Many gardeners are not aware of all the perennial plants that can be grown for food in a garden. But I would highly recommend including plenty of perennial plants – especially if you want to create a low maintenance garden. Perennials are simply plants that won’t just grow over one season. They will grace yourContinue reading “Perennial Vegetables For a Low Maintenance Garden”

5 Ideas for a Child-Friendly Garden

If you have children, you may be seeking ways to entice them away from their screens and get them to spend more time outdoors. To help you raise future citizens who love, appreciate and take care of nature, here are 5 ideas for a child-friendly garden: Give Kids Their Own Growing Area – Let ThemContinue reading “5 Ideas for a Child-Friendly Garden”

Getting Started With ‘No Dig’ Gardening

No dig gardening starts with a single simple idea: we need to protect the soil in our gardens. Soil health is essential for good plant growth, and as with so many things in sustainability, what you don’t do is as important as what you do. In a no dig garden, the general rule is, asContinue reading “Getting Started With ‘No Dig’ Gardening”

Why Renovation/ Retrofitting Can Be More Sustainable Than Building New

When you think of sustainable living, it is likely that a number of different solutions spring to mind. You might think about a tiny home, that really cuts down your impact on the planet. You might think about a natural building, made of sustainable timber, straw bales, cob or adobe. Or you might think aboutContinue reading “Why Renovation/ Retrofitting Can Be More Sustainable Than Building New”

Sea Level Rise and Landscape Measures

Sea-levels are rising. Unfortunately, as more and more people move into the world’s cities, they are often becoming more vulnerable to those rising sea levels. Around two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050, and an estimated 800 million people in more than 570 coastal cities around the world areContinue reading “Sea Level Rise and Landscape Measures”