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Victorian permaculturists

One of the lovely people who read this blog has asked me if I know anyone working with a mandala system in a cooler temperate climate (ie Western Victoria).  Or really, anyone with a working permaculture system in that climate.

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  • Karen Fitzpatrick March 10, 2017, 9:34 am

    Hi Linda, We have a very active permaculture group in Ballarat and surrounds. I even know somebody with a mandala system. I’d be happy to talk to anyone who needs info on permaculture in this climate.

  • Angus March 10, 2017, 2:52 pm

    I was imagining a gardener in a hoop dress with a bonnet and umbrella! 🙂

  • Linda March 10, 2017, 3:06 pm

    I think Dean might look quite spiffing in a hoop dress! 🙂

  • Anna Mordechai March 10, 2017, 8:03 pm

    I have a mandala system based on your book in Athens, Greece. (pictures would have been soooooo helpful, by the way…)

    Athens is pretty much the definition of a temperate climate. I use the garden as the basis for permaculture-oriented school visits.


    Anna Mordechai

  • Linda March 11, 2017, 8:13 am

    That is so nice to hear Anna! Yes, back when the book was first published, twenty years ago now, photos in books were rare. If I ever get to discuss a new version with the publishers, I shall suggest photos.

  • Tracey March 26, 2017, 1:47 pm

    We do!! We’re near warrnambool in south west vic and our mandala system is coming up 9 months old. It’s been very productive this summer . We only move our chooks every 4-6 weeks, and will give them a couple of months off in winter when things slow right down here (and put them in their warmer and more sheltered permanent pen). Happy to answer questions. We’re on Facebook as ‘Cleo’s Cottage’ if people want to see what’s going on here.

  • sara stevens April 9, 2017, 6:34 pm

    Hi Linda, We are based outside of Ballarat, and have been operating a very successful mandala system, based on your book, for the last 10 years or so.This is incorporated into our larger property system design. We have modified planting times and chicken moving times significantly to suit our climate. Always happy to have visitors. please contact me if this would be helpful.

  • Robertg April 19, 2017, 9:39 pm

    Hi guys, I have been running linda’s mandalas system in melbourne for probably 20years. We use raspberry’s instead of

  • Robert Gearon April 19, 2017, 9:46 pm

    Hi I have been running a mandala system in melbourne for about twenty years now. We use raspberry’s instead of sugarcane on the perimeter and the dome is a geodesic dome made from recycled aluminium. Works a treat but I have never managed to come up with a plant to replace the pigeon pea. I still love the garden after all these years.

  • Alison Thomsen May 14, 2017, 7:38 am

    We ran your mandala system for many successful years in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. We have very definite seasons with many below zero mornings In winter, very hot dry summers. We are farmers so we’re fortunate to be able to use space as we liked. I built two sized domes and for a short while we tried running two systems. It is very possible to run this system in a cooler climate, changing the vegetables to suit of course. The biggest problem for us was having large southerlys with high winds and the dome being well pegged down but just not quite enough shelter for the poor chickens. We had to consider a permanent structure for the dozen chooks during winter in the end to save sanity. We moved away from the mandala system after a weather bomb and herd of cattle destroyed the garden,two domes and various trees.I’d rebuilt the domes twice already over a number of years and my enthusiasm warned in light of damage. I find myself returning to many parts of the system and highly recommend the well thought out logical system in various climates. Thanks Linda.

  • Matthew June 1, 2017, 10:47 am

    I live in Melbourne, and it’s great to hear from people using the Linda’s mandala system in similar climates.

  • Rachael Scott July 20, 2017, 9:49 am

    Hi Linda, I’ve been planning our permaculture kitchen garden in our bare & ready east facing Adelaide Hills yard since we moved in a year & a half ago. I want to trial a limited mandala system & use your chook dome (never had chooks). I want to build a smaller versuin but am unsure about modifying the dome dimensions in your book. Do you have any mini chook dome dimensions to share?

  • Linda July 20, 2017, 9:58 am

    Hi Rachael, I know people have built chook domes using 4 metre lengths of white electrical conduit rather than 6 metre lengths of PVC pipe. The main issue is that there is not head room for a person inside, so it needs two people to move it.

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