I’m a reluctant gardener.
I’ve always disliked gardening, from childhood all the way through adulthood. It was considered a form of punishment if I had to do it. Building projects however are different. I’d gladly spend days erecting a retaining wall or building a garden shed or gazebo but when it came to toiling in the soil my interest was non existent.
I went to the Burning Man event in 2011 and met a guy from Brisbane who I became great friends with. When we got back home he invited me to a party at his permaculture farm out past Uki near Mt. Warning. It was there that I started to see the possibilities of what a low maintenance ecological system could be like. The clincher was seeing his house back in the city where he had replicated the farm structure albeit on a much smaller scale.
Seeing pineapples growing on the footpath and edible plant life everywhere I thought I’d give it a go on my relatively large inner city block. Most of this site will be about the progress of my permaculture adventure.
Even today I struggle with growing plants. I almost believe that I sweat out herbicide from my pores! It’s extremely frustrating when I see people growing amazing vegetable gardens with apparent ease out of boxes, shoes and pretty much anything. What I’m saying is if I can get this permaculture experiment working and producing then any muppet can!
I have a background in Mechanical Engineering and IT so I like to design different systems. My electives always involved optimisation of efficiencies of systems so I tend to take simple ideas and see if I can improve on them.
I rarely check my own website (I’m more interested in reading up on what others are doing, like your website!) hence comments are usually disabled on this site, http://www.simmeringsaucepan.com/ and my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/carazynet as I will never get around to reading comments let alone answering everyone.
I hope you gain something from these pages whether it be entertaining or informational. I believe everyone should add to the brain dump that is the wonderful interwebs.
Have an awesome day!