Move beyond gardens to truly engage with your ecosystem

In permaculture, we believe that people are a keystone species – an ecological term for a species that has a massive impact on its ecosystem either positive or negative. Ecosystems are about the relationships between different lifeforms, and at their core, they are often about who eats who or what. They are about food chains. […]

Tropical climate food seeds for the family

It is satisfying to successfully grow herbs, leafy greens, or fruiting vegetables successfully. Children seem to love the tangibility of the process, and it is a great lesson in patience and setting up the right environment for something to succeed. But we often find that the most popular seeds are not ones that grow here. […]

Vermi-composting at home with a worm tower

There are many different ways to compost, from a large pile to a worm farm or tower, from bokayashi scrap burying to chickens. What almost everyone who works in biology agrees on is that the quality of your soil makes a huge different. The food pyramid starts with the microbiology of your soil. When we […]

Mosquito management with a pot pond

Mosquitoes are managed in Singapore through fogging, which is an important component in keeping the mosquito population and associated diseases (such as dengue and malaria) down. Fogging, like any solution, has its strengths and weaknesses. It can wipe out a mosquito population in one fell swoop, however, there is very little to stop mosquitoes breeding […]

Designing for complexity with the 3 ethics and 12 principles of permaculture

What is Permaculture? “Permaculture” is condensed form of “Permanent Agriculture”. It a system, codified for the modern world, that captures indigenous knowledge about how to live as a keystone species from the land. A keystone species is one that helps to hold the ecological system together. In essence, humankind has the power to regenerate the […]

Creating habitat for dragonflies in your garden

Why should we create dragonfly habitat? Dragonflies are natural predators for mosquitoes, along with other creatures like fish and frogs. If we can create spaces for them in our garden they can keep the mosquito population down so we can enjoy our outdoor spaces. They are also very beautiful and peaceful companions. Understanding dragonfly behaviour […]

Cooking Welsh cakes on an open fire

What are Welsh cakes? Welsh cakes are a traditional grilled scone from Wales in the UK. The dough is like soft cake dough, it is then gently cut with cookie cutter, and grilled on a skillet with oil for 3-4 mins on each side. I have also made it work well for outdoor cooking by […]

Breeding ducklings in your backyard

Why breed ducklings? Duck eggs are frankly delicious and very hard to get in Singapore. This is because most of Singapore’s eggs are factory farmed, and ducks become too depressed to lay eggs in a factory farm environment (chickens also get depressed, but can still lay). Ducks lay more eggs than chickens, and the eggs […]