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Using a drawknife to transform wood

Principle 9: Use Small and Slow Solutions In this guest post, Oliver Holmgren shares the joy and method of using a drawknife. Almost forgotten, this simple and versatile tool has been used for millennia to shape wood. Oliver recently built a fence using traditional methods at Melliodora. Old branches had the sap wood removed to […]

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Making oil tin drawers

Principle 6: Produce No Waste Do it Yourselfer #17 I tend to hang onto stuff for a while in the hope that I can find a use for it. Most of it is stuff that the majority of people would throw out without a second thought. When the stuff builds up to a point when […]

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Neil Harris and his Morris 1100EV

An electric car retrofit

Principle 12: Creatively use and respond to change Do it Yourselfer #15 Many people would be surprised to hear that electric cars have been around for a very long time. The first production electric car was designed in London by Thomas Parker and built in 1884. A fleet of electric powered taxis was in operation […]

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Cooking & heating cleanly with wood

Principle 5: Use & value renewable resources & services Do it Yourselfer #14 Typically the biggest consumer of energy in our homes in winter is for heating our living spaces and our hot water supply. We can do this without using high value energy like electricity. Consider this, a heater might use 2000W/h of energy […]

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Sen and Kai enjoy a home grown ‘slinky’

The chemistry of living

Principle 10: Use and value diversity Do it Yourselfer #13 I was never much good at chemistry at school, it was the only subject that I ever failed. I found the periodic table and the combinations of elements overwhelming. Looking back, what I took away from that experience is that when different elements mix together […]

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Su Dennett prepares boxed veggies for pick-up along with a range of regionally sourced bulk foods

Vote with your money

Principle 4: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback Do it Yourselfer #12 With democracy as the backbone of our society, we are led to believe that voting for a political party is one of the most powerful things that we can do. It’s simple. Find a party that supports your values, and if you are eligible, […]

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Communicating with a Kombi

Principle 4: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback Do it Yourselfer #11 The fourth principle of permaculture, apply self-regulation and accept feedback, is about applying the brakes when things are not going as anticipated. It’s a wake up call, and a call to action. When beginning any project most of us start off with good intentions. […]

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Kai changing his bike tyre after a run in with <i>bindies</i>.

Get back on your bike

Principle 9: Use small and slow solutions Do it Yourselfer #9 The ninth principle of permaculture, use small and slow solutions, reminds us that “slow and steady wins the race”. Living in a country town with a population of about 6,000 gives us access to just about everything that we need within a short distance. […]

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DIY #8 Sen with helicopter

Learning at home

Principle 7: Design from patterns to details Do it Yourselfer #8 Our four and a half year old son Sen learnt to walk, to draw, paint, speak, the alphabet, basic writing, counting to 50 and understand Japanese before going to kinder. He’s learnt that from his family, without the aid of organised classes. It’s easy […]

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Planting by the moon

Principle 1: Observe and interact Do it Yourselfer #6 The cycles of the moon have influenced gardeners from diverse cultures over many centuries. While science may not fully understand why planting by the moon works, anecdotal evidence suggests that it does. Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s writes “good design depends on a free and harmonious relationship […]

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Pumpkin Guard using corrugated iron

Making plant guards from scrap

Principle 11: Use edges & value the marginal Do it Yourselfer #4 If Al Qaeda’s threat of disrupting oil imports comes to pass then we will see just how dependent our society has become on refined energy. Australia now imports 90% of it’s oil from overseas, and nearly half of the national refineries have closed […]

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