Garden Insights

Sunday 5 April 2020

2.00pm to 3.30pm

Garden Insights Afternoon

hosted by Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

via online Zoom video conference

Presented by

Debbie & Brodie Bassingthwaighte

Now online in response to COVID-19.

Online Event

To ensure we can all stay safe in our homes, this Garden Insights will now be via live Zoom Video Conferencing.  It’s free for any interested person to attend so please share details with family and friends too.

Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting:  Register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting which is easy using PC, Mac, Linus, iOS or Android (computer, laptop, iPad or mobile phone).

What We’ll Do

We’ll start at 2.00pm with a welcome and introduction.

This month in Part 1, we’ll show you our ever-evolving Permaculture Design for our garden-farm, and we’ll talk about things that have worked, not worked, and future plans.  You’ll hear about the steps in our design based on concepts discussed in the recent “Plan Your Plot” and “Prepare Your Patch” Connect and Learn sessions.

You’ll see our:

    • needs assessment
    • goal articulation
    • site characteristics
    • scale of permanence overlays (with sector analysis etc)
    • concept plan with zones and key elements.

This will be an introduction to our property and will give you some insights into steps you can take to start thinking/planning/designing your own gardens.  Late this year we’ll actually visit our garden for a tour.


    • Financial Members – Free
    • First time visitors to one of our events – Free
    • Non-members – Free (while we’re online)

All Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. financial members will have access to a video-recorded session if you’re unable to join us at the live session time.

The Story Behind our Garden-Farm

We live on a peaceful 5 acres at Postmans Ridge in the Lockyer Valley (about 10 minutes from Toowoomba), that experiences extremes in weather conditions including very dry, frosty winters, and very hot summers.  We’ve been here for 18 years; however, most of the external infrastructure and the productive food plantings have been re-established in the last few years.  The destructive January 2011 flood swept through our property, so almost everything has been repaired and replanted and the garden is immature and evolving.

What You’ll See

You’ll have the opportunity to see various vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, pots and wicking beds.  There’s an integrated poultry and small orchard system (with heritage chickens, Muscovy ducks, geese, guinea fowl and a peacock), native beehives, a small propagation area, worm farm, and abundant birds and native wildlife along the seasonal creek.

We’re slowly retrofitting our house and living spaces.  The house has grid-connected solar power and is independent of other external connections with a bio-septic system that recycles all waste, solar hot-water and 80,000 litres of rainwater storage (no town water).  There’s also a bespoke, home-made, rocket-powered oven in the outside entertainment area.

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