Over the years my wife and I worked at our jobs and we were leading a generic, yet pleasant New Zealander life, until recently when she was laid off and decided to try her luck in homesteading and gardening, since we've got a nice piece of land. The land itself stood unused for years and she felt that it was time to put the dirt to good use. From time to time I'd hear about permaculture and self sufficient farms, never really grasping the idea that one day I myself might work on one or to be more precise live on one.
Get the relationships right between elements in your garden to maximise efficiency and abundance, writes Bena Denton, my colleague and fellow permie...
I love gardening. Even more, I enjoy the satisfaction of surveying a lush, productive landscape… maybe even more than eating the produce! … Until my fresh basil goes onto our pizza, or I look down at my plate and see that this evening everything is from our garden - that’s the ultimate!
Can we meet our families' nutritional needs from an average sized urban garden?