SEE-Change Tour: permaculture garden and low tech sustainable house
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Guided tour of a permaculture garden, and low tech sustainable house
You are invited to a guided tour of this developing permaculture garden, and low tech sustainable house!
The owners moved into this 1970s 3 bedroom brick veneer house 2.5 years ago. With a passion for sustainability and saving money, they have made it as low energy usage as possible through relatively low cost basic improvements, such as ceiling, wall, and floor insulation, curtains and DIY pelmets, and thorough draught proofing. Taking it from 2 energy stars to over 6 stars. The owners have also opted not to use the existing ducted gas heating, enabling them to disconnect the gas account. With the recent installation of a solar system, about 5 times more electricity is generated than is used.
The owners having completed a Permculture Design Certificate in 2012, used the block was a relatively blank canvas to plan and implement a permaculture based food producing garden, that also supports solar passive design elements. Though a relatively small block at 575m2, they have planted approximately 35 fruit and nut trees, as well as nitrogen producing support species, grape and kiwi vines, and berries, and have converted large areas of lawn to productive vegetable beds. Chickens are kept in ‘tractors’ for eggs, and periodically the owners raise chickens or ducks for meat.
Being such a dry climate, smart water management is a key part of the garden design, which utilises a water tank, rain barrels, on contour garden beds, a wicking bed, and kitchen sink water diversion through a worm farm bathtub. There is also a DIY outdoor composting toilet which helps us to reduce the water usage, and the product of which the owners will use to fertilise fruit trees.