Category Archives: Resources

Five of our favourite Plant Databases


Choosing the right plant for the right spot, working with its behaviours and getting it to cooperate with others can be a little difficult at times.

Before you go getting yourself a little too lost in the world of plants (actually that sounds pretty darn good) take a look at these five plant databases… Continue reading

How to plant a tree, Milkwood style

1403 pdc treeplant01 Planting a tree is a simple act. But, as we’ve learned on a site that’s sometimes less-than-welcoming to tree establishment, there’s ways, and there’s ways that work.

Last week, with our Permaculture Design Course students, we planted oak trees. And for this site, there needs to be a little more involved than poking holes in the ground and inserting acorns into them…  Continue reading

How to: test your garden soil’s pH, and balance it for a better veggie harvest

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So you’re resolved to grow the best darn vegetables ever. You’re on a mission to feed your family nutrient-dense, organic, home-grown food, to stick it to the supermarket, and to hopefully have enough to share with friends and neighbours too.

Getting your soil’s pH balanced can help a lot. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading

Permaculture Playing Cards

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Hey look what just arrived at Milkwood Farm – permaculture playing cards! These are great.

52 cards jam-packed with interesting knowledge and a sprinkling of permaculture people profiles – I can’t wait to kick back in the shade next week with these.  Continue reading

Intro to Urban Rainwater Harvesting


Here’s a funky little guide for getting started with DIY urban rainwater harvesting projects…  Continue reading

Footpath gardening: new resources for Sydney

City of Sydney has released their footpath gardening policy!

And it’s pretty darn encouraging. There’s guidelines and how-tos and even cash grants for folks who want planter boxes… Continue reading

DIY mushroom cultivation posters

‘Packed with minerals and protein, and easy to grow at home’… too right. Home mushroom cultivation is a good idea, for everyone. You don’t even need a window in your house (though we do hope that you have one), let alone a window sill or outdoor area to grow nutrient dense, protein rich, organic mushroomy goodness…

Check out these gorgeous mushroom cultivation posters by Victor Paiam…  Continue reading

The Bee People: free e-book

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The Bee People was written by Margaret Warner Morley in 1905 as a book for children about honeybees; their biology, their social habits, their work as pollinators, and their honey. I picked it up as a curiosity but you know what? It’s a pretty solid bee book for kids.  Continue reading

Afristar Permaculture Posters

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“Afristar Foundation utilises Permaculture design systems as the primary methodology of our community development strategy. Permaculture is an optimistic, action-oriented approach to the environmental, energy, food, water and climate crisis the world is currently facing. Its adaptibility and emphasis on meeting human needs means that it can be utilised in every climatic and cultural zone.

Our underlying ethos is that there is a wealth of untapped natural heritage and social capital that can be mobilised to facilitate sustainable livelihoods. This notion can be embraced to educate and empower local people with traditional and appropriate knowledge, so as to utilise their natural resource base for sustainable economic upliftment.” Continue reading

Milkwood is on Instagram


Hey everyone, just a quick note that Milkwood is now on Instagram, and we’re snappin’ away. There’s a lot that goes on at Milkwood these days and often moments that I don’t have the time to squeeze into a blog get captured in a single picture only.

We’re at Join us for daily thrills, spills, harvests, breakfasts and the general amazingness of everyday life.

If you are on Instagram too we’d love to see  you (in? out?) there…


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