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Sharing my regeneration journey, enjoying living in harmony with nature

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Gardening in Harmony with Nature Classes

Regenerative Lifestyle WORKSHOPS

New series coming SOON

October 23 on Saturday mornings.

Register your interest.

  • Are you interested in taking care of your property in harmony with nature?
  • Do you want to know how to regenerate your lifestyle property?
  • Do you love living healthy and close to nature?
  • Do you ask yourself what would nature do? 

Learn more than you expect with garden guide and regenerative lifestyle practitioner, Florence Micoud, in a relaxed afternoon with the gardener atmosphere in the beautiful inspiring garden she is a grateful guardian of.

Contact me 02102792481 for more info or booking. Be in quick, limited space!  

  • 6 sessions 9am-12 pm
  • 3 to 7 Participants
  • Price: $240pp – $210pp with Community Service Card or Duet
  • Location: Namaste Park and Garden, 2 hectares of climate positive lifestyle block run in harmony with nature in Wanaka.
  • Level: Beginner, intermediate
  • Bring: Gloves, notebook+pen, jar+box for takeaways

Details of the sessions

Each session includes : 

+ Informative tour
+ Activity
+ Q&A
+ Stretch
+ Takeaways (garden goody & recipe)

Contact me 02102792481 for more info or booking, limited space

I’m looking forward to share garden and nature beauty and knowledge with you in spring,
it’s going to be awesome!


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A few inspiring links to grow food right here. Come and discuss about it at Green Drinks,  Thursday 9th August, 6pm/7pm at The Creek, 2 Dunmore St, Wanaka.

Volunteers Transform Yard Into an Edible Garden :

Why protect urban green spaces:

Street Orchards for Community Security:

Gardening in the planting strip in Seattle:

The Telegraph Plant the streets UK :

And that’s a place where they DO it seriously!  And their website

In New Zealand: Transition Town website links to community  orchard

Do you know of other good links about community food growing? Please leave a comment so that I can add them to this list.

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Urban Gardening

Why gardening ?

Because it is one of the solutions to:

  • the population problem (people feeding themselves),
  • the carbon footprint problem (no food kilometres),
  • the affordability of food (seeds and seedlings are cheaper than food, then can be harvested for the next year, or swapped…)

Because it contributes to:

  • community strenghtening (gardening together, intergenerations, between neighbours)
  • better health (fresh -full of vitamins, no pesticides residues, physical activity)
  • connecting to the Earth and its natural cycles
  • relax people, provides pleasure and satisfaction therefore taking care of the gardener too!

Because it tastes good, it looks nice, it is enjoyable, rewarding and nearly free!


When owning a land, even small, it is easy to transform parts of it in vege patches, starting small, enriching the soil over the years with homemade compost.

Even when renting, most owners will allow the tenants to create raise-beds and are often happy for patches to be dug, as long as the land is restored when leaving, which is easy to do (just flatten it and saw lawn seeds). It is however more expensive as usually shorter term than above, compost usually have to be added initially and the improvement of the soil is left behind.

People living in a flat can grow on their balconies and windows… and roofs. They can advocate the creation of gardens on the shared property, in place of concreted yards or useless lawns. They can also look for some land they could use, perhaps in exchange of some work on the rest of the property. Many cities have available land that is used for gardening, family gardens or collective gardens or community gardens… Here is a list of New Zealand community gardens. If there aren’t any in your town, get some interested persons together and ask the local council for it.

If all fails, you can always start guerilla gardening, which consists in sowing and planting in public places without authorisation, even practising seed bombing. Very Naughty!


– Start small, get some books from the library (Dewey 632) or buy from or

– Do not use any chemical fertiliser nor pesticides, although you will be told it is good for your plants, even compulsory! Or you will be deceived by “natural” labels. In fact, unless it shows the Biogro label, it is not organic. So how do you take care for your plants? Compost, green manure, companion planting, crop rotation, compost, mulch, choice of local varieties, soil preparation, comfrey, nasturtium, biodiversity, observation, patience, experience and compost are some of your key-words. Did I mention compost?!

– Talk “gardening” around you. You might be surprised how many people love gardening, and have seedlings and advice to give away.

Here in Upper-Clutha…

There is no community garden… yet. It is true that we are lucky in our town, as most people do have a little patch of land around the house where to grow some veges, and many people do. It is still time to start now, if you have not yet.

There is an Upper Clutha Herb Society whose focus is on Herbs rather than veges.

Free Compost workshops are happening soon (22nd Oct 2011 and 12th Nov, 9.30-12-30, at Wanaka Wastebusters) and there is a Bio-dynamic workshops series starting 30th October.

From Green Drinks, a small group is meeting quite regularly to visit each others garden and share seedlings and knowledge.

More is probably coming, with tomorrow a forum about the Future of Food and a growing interest and need for it.

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Clarisse’s food

Duck soupI luckily have a book about having poultry in the backyard so I found out that it likes:

  •  flour-all kinds,
  • grains -soaked,
  • a few seeds and 
  • nettles chopped finely
  • even a bit of coffee marc to boost their health

She eats only near water. The first time she even had to sit in the water to start eating. She would just nibble on the sides of the bowl, not eat inside otherwise. Funny!

She loved it! We were happy witnesses of her meal. She would take some soup in her beak, dip it in the water then swallow it, hastily.

The children also gave out lots of soaked home-bread bits, which the ducks steadily enjoyed of course. They even ate out of the hand.