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The 2014 Challenge Quest

random numbersMeg and Claire and Ruth are commenters number 47, 50 and 9 (there were two Ruths too, but this is the first one). I shall email you to find out where to send your copies of Even More Chook Wisdom.

Thank you to everyone who commented. I was overwhelmed and humbled by the number and thoughtfulness of your comments. I am mulling on how to do justice to them all, and I shall probably need a couple of good sessions of mowing meditation to get there (but feel free to prompt).

I have one idea for a series about how to start out with permaculture.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I’d like to be able to point out the tarpits I have fallen into over the last 35 years, so that others can avoid them.  I guess the first one in there is that you don’t have to wish for the where-with-all to do a tree change as the first step.  But place is important, and then there’s design and building and planting.  There’s water and fire and power and climate and toilets and transport and community…

I have another idea for a series to do with the challenge of setting up a food garden from scratch.  I am looking to create a new bed and thinking about the challenge:  Can I get from a patch of weedy, shaley, sloping hard ground to dinner parties each weekend several weeks in a row within twelve weeks?  Spending only a minimum of money?  And a minimum of work? And using resources that are freely available?

Succession planting so as to avoid gluts and lean spots is another theme that has emerged, and several people have suggested the idea of broadening out the “What are you planting” and “What are you harvesting” posts so they include other parts of Australia besides my (very lucky) northern NSW sub-tropical climate, and I am thinking about whether I can connect up with some guest posters for that.

I’m also really pleased that people are interested in recipes as well as garden.  Meg suggested that she’d like “stirring sticks” to stir people around her, and I think that was where I wanted to go with recipes, right from the beginning. It is so easy and unthreatening and rewarding to cook something new, so easy to share a recipe that you like, and yet cooking real food from scratch is such an effective and profound insurrection.

So thank you all.  Thank you.

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  • Jo February 7, 2014, 6:48 am

    I love reading your blog about what you grow and how you cook. I live in sub tropical Auckland, but it is nothing like the area that you live in with your ranging temperatures and sometimes lack of water. I would love to follow the permaculture principle but am danged if I know where to start. However my humble little patch of green is gardened as near to organically as I can get it, without sprays or poisons, I use seaweed and comfrey teas, use horse manure only if it has been well rotted and generally get along quite well. I make awful mistakes about planting despite following a planting guide and sometimes things go awry but I love the learning process and when I get it right like garlic this year I rejoice. I just thought I would say Hi.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

  • Helen February 7, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Hi Linda
    How lovely to be overwhelmed with comments and feedback – and thanks to you for responding to what seemed to be _all_ the comments! Love these ideas – especially starting a garden from scratch. I’ve just done that (again) here in Tassie over the last 3months, and I have two more large patches I want to create over the coming year, so I really look forward to reading your ideas.

  • Gillian February 7, 2014, 3:44 pm

    I love all your recipes and advice, and the idea of a series on starting a garden from scratch sounds great. From weeds to plate. Your recipes are always awesome as well. It is hard to determine sometimes what climate people are blogging from. I am in the far northern tropics (north of Cairns) so we have a wet season and a dry season.

  • Claire February 7, 2014, 10:18 pm

    I’m so excited about winning one of the chook books! Thank you so much Linda.
    I think the ideas you listed above are great. I look forward to all of them.

  • Bev February 8, 2014, 3:53 am

    You are a wealth of great information. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Ruth February 13, 2014, 11:44 pm

    More Chook Wisdom arrived in my letterbox today – Thanks Linda!

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