Entrance to Possum Creek Edible Permaculture Garden
Lex and Cyrano's edible permaculture landscape in Possum Creek started in September 2013. The design incorporated some of the following elements:Grey water system made from cast iron bowels, massive wicking bed catching water run off from roof, two key hole beds made from recycled pier timber, berries, fruit trees, water catchment management, succulent rockery bed, irrigation system, passion fruit over the rainwater tanks (to keep the sun off them and mould away) lots of medicinal herbs and companion planting, flower, orchids, a fish bowel with edible water plants, ornate fencing and sculptural features using bamboo and locally harvested materials. Lex referred to the project as "Prettyculture"
Nurturing the beauty of nature
Lex and Cyrano, passionate about permaculture and martial arts, mucking about on the grand gate they installed in Possum Creek
Appropriate Plants for the Area
Water loving plants for the very wet rainbow region.
David Reading the Landscape
In June 2015,Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren came to stay with us at Free Farm and led a series of revolutionary talks and workshops. This picture was taken during the open consultancy which took place at Free Farm. David's understanding of landscape and
Open Consultancy at Free Farm
David sharing with Bindarri community and Byron Shire locals his observations on reading the landscape, planning and designing infrastructure and looking to nature for the solutions to our "problems".
Walking the Land
Key to designing for your landscape is walking it, watching it, and looking beyond your assumptions of it...
Retrofitting the Suburbs
Planning for an energy descent future was explored in a realistic way using 3 future scenarios. It really got us thinking about how much we have to do in Mullum to be more self sustainable...
Under our feet may lie Gardeners Gold
Though 10 feet deep who knows what you hold
Shall I rip you open and bare your Soily Soul
Or feed you from the compost pile till I grow old?
Children's Sandpit/Pea Fort
A great design for keeping children shaded from the sun. Playing happily with water that nourishes the thirsty peas with snacks all round for hungry tummy's.
Free Farmed Veg
This is our healthy garden full of asian greens and brassicas. This bed is besides a large stand of Camphor Laurel, and the roots are right beneath the bed (and even in the soil). The more shallow rooted veggies don't seem to mind growing with the camphor roots so long as we give them fresh compost at planting, and some top dressing and compost tea through the growing season. Interesting experiment in embracing what is, and working with. The bed is even made using camphor logs!
The Pumpkin provided a great shade and food source on our verandah through the warm end of summer days.
Sandpit Pumpkin Surprise
These pumpkins volunteered themselves everywhere last Autumn. At Free Farm we encourage the plants that thrive naturally on our landscape. Allowing nature to share with us what is easy to grow and working with it...
Growing like weeds, kids and pumpkin free range...
When landscaping it is sometimes hard to picture what the little plants will grow into. Stay tuned for pictures of 6 months on. Surprising how quickly things grow in the subtropics.
Suburban Landscape Mullum
Cyrano worked on this project with local landscape designer Daniel Kemp in the heart of Mullumbimby.