Pic of the Week #10

Stop being dumb!


We are back at the project site after a much needed break but unfortunately trips back into so called civilisation always seem to bring attention to issues which are long forgotten once removed from their constant influence. Due to having been reminded of one such occurrence this week we are making a plea to all of the city folk out there.

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Pic of the Week #9

Tikologo takes a break.


With the start of the cooler season and a brief slowing down of on site activity we have been able to take a break and enjoy a little holiday. This week’s shot of a very friendly looking giraffe was taken in the Kruger National Park on an early morning game drive. As we are currently still enjoying a break I will take the liberty of keeping this week’s, rather late pic, short and sweet.

Pic of the Week #8

Herbal Harvests.


This past week saw our biggest herb harvest to date but small in comparison to what we hope to achieve in the near future. The Tikologo Permaculture Project is gearing towards herbal medicine production as one of our main income generators and we are starting to take important steps towards setting up our production systems. We have been collecting various medicinal herbs and plants like mad since day one and all of these are currently on trial in various positions throughout the property. As plants identify themselves as viable according to certain criteria they are earmarked for different positions and systems in the overall plan and slowly we are moving toward bigger and better production opportunities.

In this week’s pic you get a sneak peak at but a few herbs we are currently growing however watch this space as exciting things are coming in the next few seasons!

Herbs in the picture include:

  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus
  • Basil Ocimum basilicum
  • Rue Ruta graveolens
  • Sage Salvia officinalis
  • Rose Geranium Pelargonium graveolens
  • Catnip Nepeta cataria
  • Lemon Verbena Lippia citriodora

Pic of the Week #6

Mutual Benefit.


Permaculture is all about working with rather than against nature. This past week we found this big guy enjoying all the insect activity on the Buckwheat flowers. Any permaculture designer would be thrilled by sightings like these as they are wonderful indications that a natural balance is starting to evolve and the systems are heading in the right direction.

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Pic of the Week #4

A little lightheartedness.


The world can sometimes seem a very dark and doomed place but fortunately there are many people around the globe who refuse to give in to the negativity and rather chose to be custodians of hope. Bill Mollison and David Holmngren, the fathers of the permaculture movement, are two such people. They formulated the concept and philosophy of permaculture in direct response to the negativity that they perceived in the world around them and today have enabled hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people to move away from negativity and into a positive mode of action.

It is in the spirit of hope and positive action that we are offering a very playful event over the upcoming Easter long weekend. The Play and Permaculture Easter Camp will be a fun filled family weekend of learning about permaculture and reconnecting with our inner desire to play. The course will be hosted by the wonderfully playful Anthea Moys and resident permie Coen Meintjes who will lead you on a joyful learning adventure.

GET READY to GET MUDDY!

Head on over to the Playful Permaculture event page for more info and to book your spot. This weekend is going to be great for the whole family!

Pic of the Week #2

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Tikologo home garden before and in progress.


The above photos of our home garden were taken from the roof of our house. This is a zone 1 garden right at our backdoor. These spaces generally house the most diversity and also require the most energy inputs. Although this little garden is still very much a work in progress it’s wonderful to already be able to see a positive change in the landscape. The before photo was taken 27 September 2015 and the after on 9 February 2017 less than 18 months later. I can’t help but dream about what it and the rest of the site might look like a few more years down the line.

We live in a world accustomed to quick fixes and instant gratification, two concepts that nature does not adhere to. Fortunately for new permaculture enthusiasts like us there are pioneers out there who have put in the hard work and practiced the necessary patience and can today inspire us with some beautiful examples of what working in harmony with nature might look like. Check out this link on the Permaculture Research Institute website to see for yourself – Hope for a New Era: Before/After Examples of Permaculture Earth Restoration

photo credit: coen meintjes