Marianne CannonPermaculture balcony gardening

I talk with Penny Pyett about growing vegetables in plumbing polypipe on your balcony. It’s low maintenance, you can have the pipes on wheels so you can move them around to catch the sun and as the system is self-contained, there’s no problems with water leaking down to neighbours below, mosquitos or wasting water.

Quail_eggs Photo Magnus Manske

Quail eggs Photo Magnus Manske

Penny also talks about keeping quails, a worm farm and azolla on your balcony to create a closed-loop, self-sustaining system. As quails are classified as aviary birds, they’re usually allowed under most strata plan rules.

Penny is a director of the Permaculture Sydney Institute and she has loads of tips about creating a permaculture balcony garden.

You can find more information about polypipe gardening at Sydney Permaculture North

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Marianne Cannon

About Marianne Cannon

Marianne Cannon has been broadcasting as Real World Gardener on radio 2RRR 88.5fm in Sydney, since September 2009, and the program is now syndicated to radio stations around Australia. It's about growing your own, the abc of plants, and how to create sustainable gardens to fit into today's environment. Not just a show about plants; it has a strong green and ecological bent, with co-presenters addressing issues such as native animals and plants, water conservation, composting, reducing waste, protecting native species and more.

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