Category Archives: Garden design

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.

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/

New workshop announced: Essential Aquaponics for the Backyard Grower

Essential Aquaponics for the Backyard Grower

When: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March, 9 am-3 pm

Where: Springwood, Blue Mountains

Cost:$75 (Early bird) $100 after Friday 1st March

We’ll show you how to raise beautifully fresh organic fish and vegetables in your own backyard using an easy and water efficient growing system!

Learn how to install and run a complete home aquaponics set-up for freshwater fish and veggies all year round.

Some great reasons to book yourself a place:

Know how: learn the key ideas and theory behind successful aquaponics systems

Confidence: get hands on practical experience using materials to build a system and learn to trouble shoot.

Affordable: We’ll show you how to build a system on a budget using affordable materials for a fraction of the price of some commercially available systems. The system we are working on (3 grow beds) should be large enough keep a small family in vegetables and fish and costs around $1000 in materials. I also will show you how to build a smaller system that only costs $100-$200 to make.

Ongoing support: we’ll help you with any questions you might have, both on the day and once you start your own system.

About the course

Dan aquaponicsThis workshop is a beginners course in aquaponics.

We will start with some introductory plant growing information as this is vital before attempting aquaponics. We will discuss garden placement, aspect, and the nutrient requirements of plants as well as some very basic permaculture design ideas.

The gardening introduction will start at approximately 9:30 and run until 11:am. If you feel you already have this knowledge, you are more than welcome to start a little bit later at 11am and join us for morning tea and to meet everyone before we start the aquaponics theory.

Practical demonstrations will involve learning the basic plumbing of an aquaponics setup so you can leave with the knowledge to build your own system, as well as how to trouble shoot and solve common aquaponics issues.389335_263492213749587_214943991937743_473355_910717026_n

Also, we will be building a couple of mini systems to demonstrate the workings of an aquaponics system. These will be large enough to grow a variety of greens and herbs but small enough to fit on even the smallest of balconies. These mini kits will be available for purchase at the end of the course and will cost $120 (to cover the cost of the materials). We will also learn how to grow seedlings specifically for use in an aquaponics system.

This workshop is suitable for all skill and fitness levels. No heavy physical work is involved.

Places are limited to ensure plenty of hands-on experience so bookings are essential.

What to bring

Please bring:

  • note pad, pen and something stable to write on (clipboard etc)
  • work gloves
  • a hat
  • sturdy boots
  • secateurs (if you own them)
  • sunscreen
  • water-bottle
  • a plate of healthy food to share at lunch

About the teacher

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 others have said about our workshops

We loved the workshop very much and found it practical and useful.Great fun and a good way to learn

good, very resourceful, learned a lot, true permie style – just thrown together and used what you have, got everyone involved

awesome stuff!! so inspired and knowledge hungry for more!! THANKYOU

it was informative and fun – you explained it all in a language to newbies could understand easily. Look forward to more workshops!

Absolutely loved it!

Practical, thought provoking. Made creating a garden seem like a realistic goal, even for a beginner. Lots of info, but didn’t get bogged down in the detail. I really enjoyed it!

I really enjoyed it. Thanks for having us at your home. I hope you benefit greatly as much as we have attending. I am inspired! :) good job!

We loved the workshop and learnt a lot

Length was perfect. Split between theory and practical was great. The lunch was brilliant.

Excellent – more, more!

Cost

The 2 day practical workshop costs $75 per person (Early bird) and $100 after Friday 1st March 2013. The price includes morning and afternoon tea.

Please complete the registration form below and we will send you an email with additional information.


The number of places is limited to 15 to facilitate an intensive learning experience. Please complete the booking form to register your interest.

Payment is 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. This course requires 6 people to go ahead.
Contact:

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

SUMMER SALE! RAISED BEDS ONLY $250 EACH!

SUMMER SALE!

FULLY CAPPED

RECYCLED HARDWOOD BEDS

$295 now $250

OR

NEW HARDWOOD- ROUGH SAWN TIMBER

$350 now $300

2.4 x 1.1m

PLUS DISCOUNT FOR 3 OR MORE BEDS

Get your kitchen garden started instantly with quality raised beds

Fully assembled- no mess, no fuss

Handcrafted using 100% green energy, and quality materials including reclaimed timber or timber from sustainably managed forests, and fully recyclable tin


FREE DELIVERY MID-LOWER BLUE MOUNTAINS

DELIVERY TO UPPER MOUNTAINS (WENTWORTH FALLS TO MOUNT VICTORIA) $20

DELIVERY TO SYDNEY METRO AREA $50

Capped raised beds at Mash Cafe

Installation and set up service also available. Contact me for a quote here.

All work is fully insured and guaranteed.

As seen at Mash Cafe, Glenbrook! We’re proud to have built the raised beds for Mash Cafe‘s kitchen garden so they can start growing and serving their own produce. Why not drop by for a coffee and check them out?

We love helping local groups and community gardens grow!

This September, we were proud to sponsor the Hazelbrook Public School annual Garden Festival. We ran two workshops to raise money for the school P&C, and built some great new raised beds for the Kindy kids to grow a fabulous veggie garden! Here are a few snaps from the day…

We recently delivered two newly-made recycled raised beds to Waverley Park Communal Garden and helped turn them into no-dig gardens. If you live near Bondi, go check out the awesome space these guys are creating! http://waverleyparkcommunalgarden.org/

I found Daniel an absolute pleasure to work with. He was communicative and went above and beyond the call of duty to help us install the beds on our Big Dig Day. I highly recommend him and his wonderful recycled garden beds to anyone wishing to start their own kitchen garden – happy growing!
Penny Jones, Organiser at Waverley Park Communal Garden (www.waverleyparkcommunalgarden.org)

Turn a food desert into a ready-to-plant kitchen garden!

Want your own raised beds? Like to find out more? You can reach me on 0431 383 516 or use the form below for an obligation-free chat about your needs.


Kitchen Garden Update

The Kitchen Garden is expanding week by week. This weekend we are running our “Organic Gardening” Workshop and have built an extension to the kitchen garden as part of an exercise. This area (top right of the picture with the sticks) is home to perennial vegetables (things that grow for several years) such as asparagus, artichoke and herbs like Oregano etc. This garden is also now full of flowers to bring in all the beneficial bugs. We extended the garden right up on to the nature strip where a wind break, using acacia, was planted.

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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

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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

Come to our workshop on Saturday 3rd September- Build Raised Beds Like the Professionals!

To welcome in Spring, we are very excited to announce our next workshop “Build Raised Beds Like the Professionals!” on Saturday 3rd September from 10am- 4pm here at Healthy Harvest HQ, Faulconbridge.

Work side by side with me, kitchen gardener and SPIN farmer Daniel Hatfield, and guest green expert Gordon Williams, Permaculture Design Consultant, educator and former carpenter! Now based in Sydney, Mountains local Gordon has 6 years of carpentry experience and recently spent the first half of 2011 studying and working at Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Research Institute as an educator and student facilitator on the internship program.

Gordon showing his skills at our compost bay workshop

Learn how to

  • build raised beds that look great and last the distance

  • select the best site for your vegetable bed

  • build on slopes

  • set strong posts

  • measure up efficiently and properly

  • get experience with basic carpentry and power tools

 

Ask your food-garden questions and have fun while you learn!

Cost is only $5 per person and a light lunch will be provided.

This will be a small group so bookings are essential. Please use the form below to register.

We’ll then send you an email to confirm your place and give you more info about the day.

 

Beneficial insects – what they are and how to get them!

Bee working hard on a coneflower

Spring is fast approaching and the bugs are starting to come back into my garden as well as my clients’ gardens now they are spray-free zones.

Beneficial bugs do wonders for our plants. Sadly, many people falsely believe that all bugs are bad and need to be destroyed!  So, here’s a little bit of information about the good guys in the garden. I’m focussing particularly on predatory bugs here- the ones that eat the bad guys!

What are beneficial insects?

You can separate bugs into two groups. Bad bugs eat your plants and cause disease. Good bugs, or beneficial insects, eat the bad bugs and pollinate your plants, which gives you more fruit.

Beneficial insects are great to have around as they take care of most of your disease and insect problems.

Here are few common bugs you want to have around. I’ve added links to good photos of these insects if you’re not sure what they look like.

  • Hoverflies are important pollinators in the garden and excellent predators of aphids. Often mistaken for bees or wasps.
  • Lace Wing larvae are predators for a wide range of pests including aphids, moth eggs and small larvae, scale and whiteflies.

Ladybugs are already emerging up here in the mountains. It’s important to be able to tell the good from the bad.

  • The common ladybug (or orange ladybug) adults and larvae feed on wide range of aphids but also feed on mites, moths eggs and small larvae.
  • The funguseating ladybird is also found on plants with fungal problems like powdery mildew on cucurbits (cucumber, pumpkin etc.)

Note: There is another ladybug commonly known as the 28 spotted ladybug but that is a bad bug and feeds on plants. You don’t want this one!

Creating the right environment

Flowers for beauty and the bugs

Flowering basil

Now you know who they are,  you’ll need somewhere for the beneficial insects to live. Start planting lots of ground covers and flowers around your food crops. I like to plant marigolds, zinnias, parsley, lavender, allysum and coneflowers among other annuals and perennials.

Tall growing flowers like coneflowers and zinnias look great, cut well, and are popular with bees (and wives). However, because they are tall, they can shade out low-growing vegetables so be careful where you plant them. Better choices for near vegie patches are low-growing white clover or allysum.  Letting your vegetables and herbs go to flower will also attract many beneficial bugs.

I’ll be making a beneficial bug seed mix to sell at my market stall in Spring. Contact me if you’d like to order ahead.

Rocks and twigs are also good places for bugs to take refuge on cold nights. I’ll be making some bug hotels in the next couple of weeks and will post pics and instructions on the blog.

Remember: if you spray plants with anything (organic or not) then you are going risk harming the beneficial insects as well as killing off their food supply. If you wait, the good bugs will come….trust me. I tried it myself.

My bug experiment

Last year, our early rose growth was covered in thrip. This is very normal in Spring, since thrip love to suck the moisture from new growth. Unfortunately, their sucking affects buds on the roses and can kill early flower buds. It’s not fatal to the plant but interferes with good flowering and is pretty annoying.

I’d previously found an organic ‘wonder-spray’ called Neem that was reported to kill everything, including caterpillars (which most insecticides don’t kill).

However, I really wanted to move away from using any sprays of any type, organic or not. Instead, I wanted to create a balanced ecological system where the garden would pretty much take care of itself.

I knew all the theory about beneficial bugs and so I was confident that the bugs would come as the weather warmed. Hard as it was, I trusted the theory and I waited.

Sure enough, I soon noticed hoverflies in and around the brassicas that we had planted under the roses. Soon, larvae started appearing on the brassicas AND roses! Then the ladybugs came, and their larvae appeared too, and then THE THRIP ALL DISAPPEARED within about 24-48 hours. Completely gone!

If we’d sprayed, we would have killed the thrip, but they would have kept coming back again and again, and we’d have to keep spraying them. The beneficial bugs would have no reason to visit the plants, and the cycle would continue.

By trusting in the natural food cycle of the garden, we eradicated our thrip problem and gained a whole lot of bug friends. I encourage you to try an experiment like that.

So, next time you see some bad bugs, don’t panic! Instead, think of them as food for the good bugs. After all, you won’t get beneficial insects if they don’t have anything to eat!

Here is a link to a very useful site for more information about beneficial insects.

If you have any good beneficial bug stories, I’d love to hear them!

Tips and tricks from this month’s market: home-made fruit fly traps and vertical gardens

Thank you to everyone who braved the rainy weather and came down to the stall this morning. Today I was asked several gardening questions and I thought I should put up a few links to articles about some of what we discussed.

I spoke to one person about a home made fruit fly remedy and here is a link to a forum which describes a recipe. There are many home made recipes if you Google “Homemade fruit fly trap”.

Another person was looking to use their small city balcony to plant a few vegies and I mentioned that you can use a wooden pallet stood upright to make a vertical garden. Here is a great step-by-step guide on how to make one.

See you all next month.

Daniel

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