Greenhouse harvest

Cukes & a canteloup, peppers, aubergine and tomatoes from the greenhouse

Permaculture is my passion and as with all passions it dominates my lifestyle here on this small island just east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. With a a food crisis looming in the near future I believe it’s essential to produce as much of our own food as possible. On QuackaDoodle Farm we try to do this by making the best use out of fairly meagre resources by employing the principles of Permaculture. For those who may not be conversant with Permaculture, it is a multifaceted set of principles which were devised in Australia by Bill Molinson and David Holmgren. Although these principles can be applied to any system, large or small, they are especially suited to homesteading and land-based occupation.

As I post weekly events around the farm I hope to inspire interest in and a better understanding of the simplistic beauty and powerful potential of Permaculture.  I’ll be introducing some of the characters around the farm such as Princess Julie, the goat who thinks she owns me; Juno our designer Doodle, who is working at perfecting a new fragrance, Eau de Barnyard; Rudi our slightly battered but hero-status rooster who risked his life protecting his harem from a marauding racoon and a whole cast of heritage breed fowl.

There willl be lots of gardening tips geared for cooler, more challenging areas such as this. Temperatures here on the island are invariably cooler than on the mainland and oftener than not a brisk breeze will be blowing. Also, the existing topsoil  is sparse and highly acidic but despite these odds the gardens flourish, we eat well. I want to share what I’ve learnt and what I’m still learning with others who live with similar challenges but still nurture a throbbing green-thumb and bright dreams of a fully susatinable lifestyle. It can be done! And what’s more important, it’s fun.

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    • Hey guys! Remember me? I’m so sorry but somehow I missed your message… I tend to get lost in cyberspace – have to say I’m much more capable in the real world. Anyway, now that I know that you’re out there, would love to share notes. I recently stumbled into Bealtaine Cottage which is on the west coast of Ireland and I notice from the pictures that growth cycles there seem far advanced from where we are presently. Which coast are you on, I wonder because I’m sure that makes a huge difference, just as it does here. Hope to hear back from you (in much less time than it took me to reply 🙂 Jenni

  1. Hi Jenni
    Just picked up your book on Kindle and really looking forward to the read and following you here. Thanks for making this design ideal real – the good and the bad! We are starting our homestead down in southern Chile and I am always scouting for ideas to use on my place.

    • Hi Lori! So glad you like my book, Permaculture For the Rest of Us. I just finished writing another one, The Food Lover’s Garden which focusses on what to do with all the amazing food once it’s grown. I think it will be released in the fall of this year, Your new homestead sounds really exciting and I do hope you’ll keep in touch. We can swap notes. Do you have a name for it?

    • Hi Katrina, thanks for letting me know. I stopped delivering eggs because with your cooler out of commission it didn’t seem like there was anywhere to store them. I will drop in next time I’m in town! 🙂

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