The internet is full of people who know incredible amounts about their chosen subject matter. They can dissect every problem and have answers for any questions that come their way. Well here I am writing on a Permaculture blog and feel the need to let you know that I most probably know less than anyone reading this!
It can be a daunting prospect for anyone who dares to take on a new skill or hobby. It has been that way with my journey thus far. Over the next few months (and hopefully years) you will be able to see my progress as I delve into the world of Permaculture.
I decided to begin this journey when a few fundamental events changed my life and my perspective on the world. The first event was when I moved from a unit to a house. Finally, I could really get stuck into growing fruit and vegetables for myself and my family, without dragging the hose up the communal stairs or filling endless jugs of water to support my plants on the small balcony of my unit.
The second push came when my daughter, Violet, started to explore the garden and showed the inquisitiveness that becomes infectious to all those around her. In return, I wanted to show her the amazing processes involved in growing your own food and developing your own environment.
The third event came with the passing of a close family member. This sad event was the final catalyst and made me re-evaluate my place on the earth and how I can best use the time I have.
With these three events came the impetus to learn Permaculture, but the greatest question was where to start. I had a few basic tools in the shed, some books on small space organics and some general knowledge gained from kicking about the garden with my parents when I was growing up - but my knowledge was limited. So I decided to enrol in a Permaculture course through Tafe and to throw myself into the deep end and start volunteering with Seed Harvest Spoon.
Just six months into my journey I can say, hand-on-heart, that it has been one of the best decisions I have made. It has been a steep but rewarding learning curve, and one that gives back in spades when effort is applied.
One of the first things I tackled was WASTE! Crickey, a modern consumer produces a lot of waste! The buying and disposing of plastics and other materials seems to be unstoppable, but I found that with a small effort and some consideration of my purchasing decisions, I have been able to greatly reduce the waste that my household produces. From simple decisions such as being organised enough to take the canvas bags to the supermarket Tim Minchin Song to refusing to buy packaged fruit and veggies, the household waste bin has been getting easier to drag to the curb every week as its contents diminish. My goal is to be more like the Zero Waste Girl but every little bit helps. There is never a bad time to get started on reducing your waste.
To read more about the link between Permaculture and waste and how to get children involved in reducing waste check out our earlier article here.