Milkwood

Permaculture skills for living like it matters, with an extra serve of pickles & cider 🌱 Final Mushroom Cultivation course for 2017 ! 🍄👇🏽

https://www.milkwood.net/course/gourmet-mushroom-cultivation-171202/

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End of the day situation, about to head home down the hill. A barrowfull of waste spelt husks (for mulching the roma tomatoes down in the bottom patch), seed packets from this afternoon’s plantings, broccoli and greens for dinner, strawberries for dessert, eggs for breakfast and a very long leek. #Melliodora #permacultureliving

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A quick shoutout - anyone want to learn how to grow medicinal, nutritious and downright tasty mushrooms from scratch? At home or as a micro-enterprise, using no-waste techniques, in jars, buckets, gardens and logs? Well then. We have one last Mushroom Cultivation course happening this year, and it is on the 2-3 December. There's a few spots left if you'd like to join us!
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And yes, we will feed you wild fermented mushrooms for lunch, because that's how we roll. Details in our profile today - go check it out... 🍄👌🏾 #MilkwoodMushrooms #PermacultureSkills

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Happiness is a toothy 8 year old and his mate, barefoot and climbing high into a fully-laden cherry tree to eat as many as they possibly can 🍒🍒#forgetdinner #Melliodora

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Poppy time... #Melliodora

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Harvesting (and eradicating) dandelion roots from a future tomato garden bed.
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While we do so love dandelions, we also love tomatoes... and dandelions are a host for the root knot nematode -which can seriously hinder our tomato yields. Not to worry, we can roast these roots and turn them into a delicious + nutritious dandelion coffee. And eat the green tops as well.
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So - dandelion coffee now, tomatoes later. Boom. #nowaste #Melliodora #eatyourweeds

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Our Intro to Permaculture students got a special treat today, as Willow decided to have her babies *just* as the class was touring #Melliodora ...
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Whew - well, thats this season’s kidding done. It’s all baby goat chaos funtimes from here on in. Well done everyone. 🐐❤️🐐#babygoatchaosfuntimes #permacultureliving

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Mobile cheese cave. Not actually having a cave, or a perfectly cool and humid space for our raw cheeses to ripen, we have this. It’s an old meat safe, and it lives out in the workshop area, on the chest freezer. Which is about as cool and stable as we get in this mudbrick off-grid situation.
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When we need to flip, fiddle or otherwise with the cheeses, we just pick up the whole thing and take it to the kitchen. And then put it back when we’re done, in the coolest place we have. Airflow is sorted, and the humidity within the meat safe seems to be just enough to make all the cheeses happy and wrinkly, as they should be.
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Ageing cheeses properly is a tricky process if you don’t have the right gear, but this has been a great zero-energy workaround. Yay homemade cheese! How we love it 🧀❤️#permacultureliving #wildfermentation #naturalcheesemaking

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Tying up the bamboo tomato trellises, with rope made from fresh flax leaves...
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New Zealand flax / harakeke is amazing stuff. Ropes and simple twine made from it lasts for YEARS out in the weather... and all from a leaf, with 5 mins preparation. We’re using it everywhere in the garden this spring... #nowaste #PermacultureSkills

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Wild fermented homegrown garlic scapes and random asparagus, in 3% brine with spices... simple, delicious and a powerhouse of goodness.
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Looking forward to serving these up to the students attending our final ‘Intro to Permaculture’ course for 2017 here in Hepburn this weekend. Diverse ferments in a happy belly - makes for better learning all round ☺️#PermacultureSkills #wildfermentation

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Whoohoo! Well done Australia, we knew you could do it xx 🌈❤️ #loveislove ... pic via legendary wholefoods coop @alfalfahousesyd

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At #Melliodora when you need something to do a garden job (or any job, really), you first look in the garden. Then in the many sheds, then at the dump shop, then ask around the local network of folks with things. Going straight to the hardware store for what you need (tomato trellis poles, in this case) is the last thing we do.
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It’s been really refreshing to transition fully into this attitude of ‘what do we have already or nearby, and how can we use that?’ ... in all aspects of daily life. It’s changed how we eat, how we approach growing food, and how we interact with our community. For the much better.
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Today is tomato trellising day. And the bamboo grove out by the top water tank had everything I need to do the job.
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Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can ❤️ #permacultureliving

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Sun drying homegrown enokitake, along with a few shiitake that popped their heads up.
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This hot weather has seen our mushroom house go NUTS - lots of things fruiting madly. It’s been a week to pickle, and dry, and trade and share.
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Sun drying is a super easy, shelf stable and zero-energy way to preserve these beauties. Later to be rehydrated for soups, salads, rice bowls and stir-fries... yummo. #milkwoodmushrooms #permacultureliving

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Sunday breakfast... yay homegrown enokitake! #milkwoodmushrooms

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Sometimes the working bee list gets all done, and sometimes you really just need to sit down, eat an apple, and brush up on your Star Wars character backgrounds...
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We didn’t get to removing the piano today. Next time... #daylesfordcommunitygarden #communityfood #thepianolives

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On weekends, we take a break by helping plant *other* gardens 🤣... local apples and a free workout, anyone? We’re here till 12 at @daylesfordcommunitygardens ...
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all welcome ☺️🌱#communityfood #fairshare

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Garlic scapes - the emerging flowerhead at the centre of the stem, which tastes like garlic crossed with asparagus (ie YUM)...
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Cutting them off encourages the garlic bulbs to grow larger (yes please). We’ve been eating them diced and flash-fried with homegrown mushrooms, and the rest are going into a big jar of 5% brine, along with spring onions and actual asparagus, to ferment for 10 days or so until they’re delicious sour-salty pickles. It’s the garlic harvest before the garlic harvest. So welcome in this garlic-obsessed house! 😋#Melliodora #permacultureliving

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Spotted pardalote’s nest - unfortunately discovered while digging in a pile of garden lime... pardalotes burrow into soft earth (or, accidentally, lime) to make a cave with a nest in it... sorry little egg, but being a fledgling in a pile of caustic lime would not have been a good life for you. So beautiful to see, though. Might look into making some nest boxes for these beautiful little birds and cross our fingers... #Melliodora #SpottedPardalote

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Oh Spring, you gorgeous thing. #Melliodora

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Evening chores with bouncy/crazy kids, one very pregnant mumma goat (looking slightly fed up) and lush spring grass for dinner. #Melliodora

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The forest in a jar. This is enokitake - Flammulina velutipes. The wild form is firey and velvety - quite unlike the long stringy white version you buy in supermarkets.
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We found this enokitake growing wild under our currant bushes last winter and got VERY excited. Since then we’ve cloned it, cultured it, nudged it along, and now here we are - jars of home grown enokitake to enjoy atop some homemade ramen. Pretty happy... thanks, forest!🍄#MilkwoodMushrooms #PermacultureSkills

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This weekend marked the first course in our collaboration with @pocketcityfarms in Sydney - a super awesome crew growing chemical-free, community food on rented land in the city (scroll to see a bit of the action).
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What better place for our first Sydney Biointensive growing course? Big thanks to teacher Jodi Roebuck of @roebuckfarm , all the fab students who came to learn, and the Pocket City Farm crew. Inspiring humans one and all, feeding communities near and far. Good growing to you all xx #Biointensive #PermacultureSkills

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Medlars forming their weirdly wonderful fruit. This medlar is grafted onto a wild hawthorn that’s down the creek, and it’s by far the healthiest medlar we have - much tougher and more abundant than the garden ones.
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Meanwhile, last year’s medlar crop, harvested in May, are still steeping whole in vodka with honey - getting ready for their Christmas medlar liqueur duties. Apparently the final taste is like date / Christmas pudding / pear liquer - quite unlike anything else.
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There’s a lot of waiting in the medlar game, but we have it on good authority that it’s all worth it. Lucky there’s plenty to do here in the meantime 😬#guerrillagrafting #veryslowfood #Melliodora

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Saturday night dinner - homegrown mushrooms, salad and potatoes with a side of local sausage. Toasted toes optional (but recommended)... #Melliodora #permacultureliving

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Home grown mushrooms fruiting on our porch today, grown from scratch! No waste, all organic inputs and 100% solar powered, too ☀️ excitingly, in the jars on the left is some wild enokitake that we cloned from mushrooms that popped up in our currant patch last winter, and they’re finally fruiting! Yesss.
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Nick’s teaching our last NSW Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation course for 2017 in Sydney next weekend - if you’d like to get the skills to grow no-waste mushrooms from scratch at your place 🍄 The link is in our profile today. Happy Friday, all. #milkwoodmushrooms #permacultureskills

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So if you accidentally leave a whole zucchini behind in a garden bed for 6 months and then dig it up, it looks like this. Incase you were wondering. #Melliodora #seedsaving

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Those ears 😍... early mornings here just got a whole lot more frisky... wrangling new babies, new mammas, breakfasts, milking time and cuteness overload.
**Goat name update! Rue (for the herb and also for kangaroo as she’s bouncy) has the curly coat, and Mint is the one looking at the camera. Thanks for all your fabulous suggestions. 🐐#Melliodora #permacultureliving

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Brand new 😍 - two girl babies for first-time mamma Chia. What should we call them? (Goats here are usually named after plants, but awesome alternatives are always considered) ❤️🐐#Melliodora

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Learning the fine art of intensive tomato planting for maximum yields in the smallest space possible #Biointensive #permacultureskills

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Brenna taking notes during our Biointensive course today... ☺️🌱❤️ @brenna_quinlan #Biointensive #Melliodora

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