• Galvanised iron and macrocarpa wicking bed

    A Long Hot Summer

    Melbourne is in for a long, hot Summer. As I write this post, we are set for a day over 40 degrees, with hot winds. Gardens suffer worst with the combination of high temperatures and drying winds, ripping… Read More

  • Wicking Bed

    Wonders of Wicking Beds

    The Urban Shepherd wicking bed proved itself last Summer. Built in an apple crate, it held a crop of beetroot, capsicum, basil and marigolds, all planted densely. Our macrocarpa (Golden Cypress), bed proved equally effective this Summer, growing the… Read More

  • Apples in an edible garden

    Urban Shepherd Edible Gardens

    Fresh Food from Edible Gardens Do you enjoy eating straight from your own edible garden? Would you like to know that your food is fresh and has never seen a supermarket? If so, you’re in the right place!… Read More

Permaculture Gardens

Permaculture gardens focus on the relationship between all the elements in the garden. The goal is to create a complex, productive system that requires the minimum input of labour and materials.

Permaculture gardens begin with planning how the different elements are going to be placed. This provides a framework which fits within the existing structures – house, sheds, fences and so on.

Depending on the kind of plants we want to incorporate, new structures are added. Attention is paid partlicularly to the soil, which should be built up so that it can support the plants we are incorporating.

The principles can be used in a large property, an urban backyard and even an apartment courtyard.

Eventually the permaculture garden will become a food forest, needing less work and material inputs over time.

David Holmgren demonstrating permaculture principles

David Holmgren demonstrating permaculture principles at Meliodora

Urban Shepherd can produce and implement permaculture designs for properties of all sizes.

David Holmgren and Bill Mollison originated the Permaculture concept in Tasmania in the 1970s.
Since then, it has spread to many parts of the world. David has developed his property, Meliodora in central Victoria as an outstanding example of the application of Permaculture principles. You can read more about Permaculture and David’s workshops and resources here: Holmgren Design

 

Galvanised iron and macrocarpa wicking bed

A Long Hot Summer

Melbourne is in for a long, hot Summer. As I write this post, we are set for a day over 40 degrees, with hot winds. Gardens suffer worst with the combination of high temperatures and drying winds, ripping… Read More

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Cabbage with frost

Spring is here!

Welcome to September and the end of Winter … maybe. Yes, it’s been the coldest Winter in Melbourne since 1989. It has also been largely dry, with few penetrating rains, so you might find the ground less moist… Read More

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Wicking Bed

Wonders of Wicking Beds

The Urban Shepherd wicking bed proved itself last Summer. Built in an apple crate, it held a crop of beetroot, capsicum, basil and marigolds, all planted densely. Our macrocarpa (Golden Cypress), bed proved equally effective this Summer, growing the… Read More

Learn More