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Easter Special: 20% off all garden consultation and design services

We’re celebrating the Easter holiday with a special saving for our internet followers!

Take a huge 20% off any garden consultation or design package!

Home visit +1 hr of personalised professional advice

was $60 now $48

Home visit +  1 hr consultation +  written report

was $300 now  $240

Want your own kitchen garden? Get the right advice and solutions for your new food garden or bring an old one back to life.

Sloping, rocky, small or problem block? Yes, you CAN have a fantastic food garden!

Your personal kitchen garden consultation by a qualified Permaculture designer

A plan that’s unique, and maximises your aspect and features in the best way for a gorgeous and productive garden.

First, you’ll have a home consultation to discuss your situation, wants, and ideas.

Then, you can choose to add a personalised program of care and advice specifically for your location and needs, and even a 2D design for your future garden.

Whatever you choose, you’ll get reliable, professional advice that’s right for your situation.

Sample design: intensive fruit garden

Which option is right for you?

Option A: $60 now $48

Perfect for when you have a basic concept for what you would like from your kitchen garden and want some help getting started.

Home consultation

I’ll visit you to discuss your space and ideas, as well as potential challenges. I’ll also give you effective, environmentally sound ideas and tips for how to best turn your ideas into reality.

Option B: $300 now $240

Turn your dream into reality with a home visit, great practical ideas, plus a report filled with creation and management advice and details to make it happen!

Home consultation

PLUS

Written report including links to relevant websites and suppliers

Want more? You can also order a 2D design of your future garden for as little as $180 (average design $200-$250)

All the expertise and help you need to start growing and enjoying fresh fruit and veggies from your own kitchen garden!

1 hr home visit consultations are available within greater Sydney area only. We also offer phone/Skype consultations for clients who live outside the greater Sydney area. You just need to provide us with photos and an overhead map (such as in a contract of sale) of the site.

We offer  home visits to Central Coast, Bathurst and Wollongong (approx. 2 hours of Springwood, Blue Mountains) clients who book a consult plus written report or design services.

Call me on ph:0431 383 516 or fill in the form below to book your time and I’ll get back to you.

*Bookings must be made by Tuesday 2/4/13 to claim this discount.

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New series of short workshops

We would like to announce that we are now running a whole heap of short workshops focussing on the essential skills of food gardening. Topics include making compost, caring for chooks and a whole heap of other fun things!

Dates and details are in the link below. We hope to see more of you here soon!
https://healthyharvestnsw.wordpress.com/permaculturecourses/food-garden-favourites/

Shock Therapy

 

Just a quick post of some pictures that I wanted to share. After moving house in July, I transplanted a number of smaller fruit trees. Most did fine but my small Tahitian lime didn’t look too great with the leaves yellowing and drying up. I recently read about a technique in a Sepp Holzer book called “the shock method” of transplanting. I though I would give it a go as the plant was about to die. The idea is that you strip all the leaves, fruit and flowers off the plant and it will put all its energy into root production. It could be coincidental but it worked for me. The plant has loads of new shoots.

Open now: weekend intensive “Practical Permaculture” course Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

Practical Permaculture: Creative ways of designing and living for a more sustainable future

A two-day experiential course

Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July 2012

Facilitated by Daniel Hatfield and Gordon Williams

Venue: Private home and gardens in Railway Avenue, Faulconbridge, NSW 2776
(convenient for train, bus and free on-street parking)

Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Fee: $150 early bird (until 25th June) or $180 after 25th June

The number of participants is limited to 15 people to facilitate an intensive learning experience.

Join Permaculture teachers, designers & gardeners Daniel Hatfield and Gordon Williams for a weekend of intensive permaculture design, theory and practical workshops for the home gardener or backyard farmer.

Learn how to

  • Harness Permaculture principles and practical strategies to beat rising food and energy costs

  • Understand and apply Permaculture design techniques for a healthy, comfortable home and garden

  • Create your own Permaculture garden design and learn how to bring it to life!

Topics include:

  • efficient energy planning and systems
  • fundamentals of site design
  • climate and microclimate
  • landforms, soil and water
  • waste resources and systems
  • garden layout and design for urban, suburban and cold areas
  • orchards and food forests
  • animal forage systems and aquaculture
  • community strategies for engagement and action including urban food-growing, recycling and economics.

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Learning objectives

By the end of the course you will have:

A working understanding of permaculture designs and principles.

Ideas and confidence to create your own permaculture design project.

The pre-requisite skills and knowledge to complete a Permaculture Design Course.

Learning methods

A significant portion of the course comprises experiential learning. Practical demonstrations and small group workshops on key permaculture techniques are designed to bring to life and reinforce core theory and concepts.

The course provides a solid grounding in Permaculture theory, combining this with practical skill development through interactive learning experiences and course handouts. A range of learning methods are used including: presentations, video, experiential exercises, and small group activities.

About the teachers

Gordon Williams is a Permaculture consultant and educator currently working in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

Raised in the Blue Mountains, Gordon was able to spend time in the surrounding national parks and bushland where he gained an appreciation for the natural systems within them. His six years of experience as a carpenter has led to a deep understanding of the difference between good and bad building design and construction. As a result of these experiences his passion is to see the built environment blend smoothly into the living surroundings.

Gordon’s journey along the Permaculture path began when he inherited the family kitchen garden. While on the hunt for information on growing food, Rosemary Morrow’s book ” Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture” proved to be a revelation.

Gordon has trained with some of Australia’s most respected Permaculture educators such as Rosemary Morrow, Darren Doherty and Geoff Lawton. He has also worked at the Permaculture Research Institute in both educational and on farm roles.

Daniel Hatfield is a passionate food gardener, educator and permaculturist. He has been working professionally with plants and gardens since 2006, focusing specifically on organic food gardening since 2008. Daniel believes in producing and promoting growing healthy, seasonal and local fruit and vegetables. He describes his practices as ‘beyond organic’. Daniel approaches food gardening from a wholistic perspective, addressing issues at their core, rather than use quick-fix sprays or fertilisers, either organic or inorganic. He enjoys sharing his passion for permaculture and helping people develop confidence and new skills in organic gardening.

Daniel takes his inspiration from the principles of Permaculture, as well as organic farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Joel Salatin. Daniel completed his Permaculture Design Certificate under Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, and holds tertiary degrees in art and photography.

What people are saying

The presenters, Daniel and Gordon, were knowledgeable and friendly. The course was a good mix of practical workshops and theory. The group size worked well and made for a cosy and enjoyable learning experience.

I had read a lot of books but discussing the theories, asking questions and hearing practical examples just helped cement it all. It seems to have stuck better..

Good interactions with the participants, lots of helpful diagrams, reference books and clear and lively delivery from both presenters.

The workshops were tailored really well. The right length, plenty of opportunity to get our hands dirty and a consistent but not overwhelming stream of information to accompany the practical skills.

Lots of fun and really informative. Great to get outside and practice some of the theory. AAA+++

Very good would recommend it to any one interested in growing food

Overall the course was fantastic. Daniel and Gordon were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and willing to share both knowledge and resources. I learnt so much more than I thought possible.

A BIG THANK YOU for the wonderful course, the beautiful venue(s) and the nourishing company. I would highly recommend the course.

Booking

The number of places is limited to 15 to facilitate an intensive learning experience. Please complete the booking form below and forward the course fee to D Hatfield, 10 Parkes Crescent, Faulconbridge NSW 2776 by 25th June 2012 for early-bird discount ($150) or by 29th June 2012 for regular payment ($180).

Payment available via bank transfer or credit card (details available on booking) or cheque or postal order payable to Daniel Hatfield.

Cancellation

Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until 2 weeks before the course. After that time you are welcome to transfer your booking to another person but the fee will be non-refundable. Please note that this course requires a minimum number of 10 participants to go ahead.
Contact:

E: daniel@healthyharvest.com.au, P: 0431 383 516

Weekend Intensive Course: Practical Permaculture for Home and Garden

Practical Permaculture: Creative ways of designing and living for a more sustainable future

A two-day experiential course

1st and 2nd of September 2012

ALSO

3rd and 4th of November 2012

Facilitated by Daniel Hatfield and Gordon Williams

Venue: Private home and gardens in the lower Blue Mountains
(convenient for train, bus and free on-street parking)

Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Fee: September course $150 early bird by 18th of August or $180 thereafter.

November course $150 early bird by 19th of October or $180 thereafter.


The number of participants is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience.

Join Permaculture teachers, designers & gardeners Daniel Hatfield and Gordon Williams for a weekend of intensive permaculture design, theory and practical workshops for the home gardener or backyard farmer.

Learn how to

  • Harness Permaculture principles and practical strategies to beat rising food and energy costs

  • Understand and apply Permaculture design techniques for a healthy, comfortable home and garden

  • Create your own Permaculture garden design and learn how to bring it to life!

Topics include:

  • efficient energy planning and systems
  • fundamentals of site design
  • climate and microclimate
  • landforms, soil and water
  • waste resources and systems
  • garden layout and design for urban, suburban and cold areas
  • orchards and food forests
  • animal forage systems and aquaculture
  • community strategies for engagement and action including urban food-growing, recycling and economics.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course you will have:

A working understanding of permaculture designs and principles.

Ideas and confidence to create your own permaculture design project.

The pre-requisite skills and knowledge to complete a Permaculture Design Course.

Learning methods

A significant portion of the course comprises experiential learning. Practical demonstrations and small group workshops on key permaculture techniques are designed to bring to life and reinforce core theory and concepts.

The course provides a solid grounding in Permaculture theory, combining this with practical skill development through interactive learning experiences and course handouts. A range of learning methods are used including: presentations, video, experiential exercises, and small group activities.

About the teachers

Gordon Williams is a Permaculture consultant and educator currently working in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

Raised in the Blue Mountains, Gordon was able to spend time in the surrounding national parks and bushland where he gained an appreciation for the natural systems within them. His six years of experience as a carpenter has led to a deep understanding of the difference between good and bad building design and construction. As a result of these experiences his passion is to see the built environment blend smoothly into the living surroundings.

Gordon’s journey along the Permaculture path began when he inherited the family kitchen garden. While on the hunt for information on growing food, Rosemary Morrow’s book ” Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture” proved to be a revelation.

Gordon has trained with some of Australia’s most respected Permaculture educators such as Rosemary Morrow, Darren Doherty and Geoff Lawton. He has also worked at the Permaculture Research Institute in both educational and on farm roles.

Daniel Hatfield is a passionate food gardener, educator and permaculturist. He has been working professionally with plants and gardens since 2006, focusing specifically on organic food gardening since 2008. Daniel believes in producing and promoting growing healthy, seasonal and local fruit and vegetables. He describes his practices as ‘beyond organic’. Daniel approaches food gardening from a wholistic perspective, addressing issues at their core, rather than use quick-fix sprays or fertilisers, either organic or inorganic. He enjoys sharing his passion for permaculture and helping people develop confidence and new skills in organic gardening.

Daniel takes his inspiration from the principles of Permaculture, as well as organic farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Joel Salatin. Daniel completed his Permaculture Design Certificate under Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, and holds tertiary degrees in art and photography.

Booking

The number of places is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience. Please complete the booking form below and forward the course fee by May 3rd to D Hatfield, 10 Parkes Crescent, Faulconbridge NSW 2776.

Payment available via bank transfer (details available on booking) or cheque or postal order payable to Daniel Hatfield.

Cancellation

Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until April 20th. After April 20th you are welcome to transfer your booking to another person but the fee will be non-refundable. Please note that this course requires a minimum number of 10 participants to go ahead.
Contact:

E: daniel@healthyharvest.com.au, P: 0431 383 516

Grow your own dwarf fruit trees with this easy tip!

Did you know that by burying a paving slab under a fruit tree, you stop the tap root from growing too deep and effectively create a dwarf fruit tree? The Victorians (the era, not the state!) used this technique in their kitchen gardens.

Instead of buying grafted fruit trees why not grow a few fruit trees from seed and try this technique.

If the fruit turns out to be no good then pollard it and graft something that you know has good fruit.

If you live in the Blue Mountains then you can probably miss out the paving slab bit and find somewhere that only has 30-40cm of top soil (like my front garden)!

Fruit and Nut Tree Network eBulletin #25

This is the latest newsletter from the Blue Mountains Fruit and Nut Tree Network. If you want to know more information please see the contact details at the bottom of the page. You will see the comment about figs not ripening at Mt Tomah. Many people have asked about problems with their figs this year. I suspect that we had to much rain. I have a couple of reliable fig trees which also failed to ripen. I also am friendly with a farmer in Orange who grows a lot of figs. Although his did ripen he told me they were not of a eating quality and sold them on to be used for preserves.

Figs at Cheriras

The figs failed to mature at Cheriras Community Orchard at Mount Tomah before the cold weather set in, so if you are one of the many people who asked to be informed when they were ready for picking, please don’t think we forgot you. They just never happened.

Local bare-rooted raspberry canes and strawberry plants

Cheriras has heritage raspberry canes, bare-rooted, $10 each or 6 for $50 (bulk discounts by arrangement). This is a non-brambling variety, which produces a single cane around 2 metres high and has a good autumn crop. There’s a second crop in late spring too, before the cane dies back and re-shoots. Cheriras would like to clear out as many of these as possible to improve access for harvesting other fruits.

Strawberry plants also available for $2 each, or 6 for $10.

To order contact Rob & Lucy 4782 5265 or robandlucyji@centaurcentre.com.au

Register of local grafters, pruners and people with other special growing skills

We get requests for people to help, especially with pruning. Can we add you to a list of people with special growing skills, who are willing to share/exchange/receive payment for pruning, grafting and so on? Also, if you recommend someone else, please get them to make contact: Anitra Nelson  — anitran@aapt.net.au and 4782 9003.

Fowlers Vacola jars

Dudley of Winmalee has numerous Fowlers Vacola jars for sale. They are pre-loved, in good condition at a reasonable price. To find out if he has the sizes you want, ring him on 4754 3235.

Leura Garage Cafe local fruit and nut market

Contact Stella at the Leura Garage Cafe at 84 Railway Parade in Leura (4784 3391) if you would like to use their venue as an outlet for your locally grown fruits and nuts.

Fruit and Nut Tree Network contact, and to unsubscribe, or change, e-details:
Anitra Nelson — anitran@aapt.net.au and 4782 9003

Take a look at our blog — http://bmfruitandnuttreenetwork.blogspot.com

An initiative of Slow Food Blue Mountains — http://www.slowfoodbluemountains.com.au/

Woodbridge Fruit Trees

Woodbridge Fruit Tree Nursery are located in Tasmania and are renowned for their quality apple trees (among other fruit and nut trees). I first heard of them through a friend and have since worked in several gardens where the trees were bought from this nursery. All the trees are great quality and generally bear fruit in their second year. I just received an email advising me that they are accepting orders for 2011. The trees come bare rooted around late winter/early spring. This gives you plenty of time to get your soil prepared and trellises built. On their website you can view the apple trees in order of ripening which is a great help if you are planning on having apples through out the apple growing season. Certain apple varieties start to ripen around Christmas with some going through to Winter. Please contact me if you would like a trellis constructed for your 2011/2012 apple harvest.

Oranges and lemons…starting a citrus hedge

I just received a whopping great box outside my front door from Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery. Daleys are in Kyogle on the north coast of NSW. I bought 4 new citrus trees which include an orange, mandarin, lemon and tangelo. The purchase was brought on by the death of our beloved lemon tree which we believe was 30 plus years old. It had not been looking well since a wallaby ring-barked it a couple of years ago (before we fenced the garden). Daleys’ stuff is great quality and the trees are often only available at certain times of the year as they grow everything themselves. You know you are getting freshly grown plants that haven’t been sitting in pots stressing for too long. The plants are a good price too. Each citrus tree was around $20 compared to $30+ from big box stores. I will be replacing a row of camellias which are in a far too sunny spot and will make a citrus hedge. Anyone who wants to come and dig out 3 camellias to take home is more than welcome to them but they need to moved by 2/4/11.

Saddle Graft

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