Natasha Rutherford

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Newbie to permaculture as of the last year or so. Recently did a PDC and that has opened up a Pandora's Box of ideas!
South East Queensland, Australia
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This is for Food Prep and Preservation, for the badge bit of 'dry food in a solar food dehydrator'.

I dried a luffah sponge - techically it's not food since I'm not going to eat it, but I thought I'd have a stab at this anyway.

If this fails, I will try again soon with some herbs :)

I had to do this in 2 batches as we only eat 1 cup of porridge at a time (I've convinced my husband that he does actually like porridge).

I've never cooked oats in a rice cooker before, so this was an interesting experiment. My favourite so far is to cook them on the fireplace, it seems to be a nice low and slow cook bringing out a much creamier flavour.

Thanks everyone, I'll see what I can McGyver together :)
Mate if this goes ahead that would be grouse.
8 months ago
I would like to check something please, and I think I already know the answer.

My house is completely off grid, run on solar panels. If I use my excalibur dehydrator plugged into the wall which is solar powered, would that fly as a 'solar dehydrator'?

I think the answer will be no, but I would like to check as there's really no need for me to make a proper solar dehydrator when I already have one that suits my purposes.

Thanks in advance :)
Haha! I had actually forgotten about the boots! I moved them to the base of the spiral, put some marigold seeds in there and forgot about them. The plants seem to have claimed them. I'm going to try my hand at pruning this week, so I'll keep an eye out for the boots while I'm at it ;)
10 months ago

We've had quite a bit of rain recently! It's been lovely, so the flowers in my pollinator garden have really shot up. I've started filling out the herb spiral, but there are still a few gaps. I've been trying to propagate some sage from elsewhere in my garden to fill at least one of the gaps, but my propagation has not been successful thus far.

I also saw a snake in the garden the other day! I think it lives in the herb spiral, apparently they like rocks. Hopefully it will keep slugs away.
10 months ago
I created my Natural Medicine Journal in OneNote. Mostly I will be using it on my PC, but if I need to I can access it from my phone or laptop.

I just got an apothecary book for my birthday too, so I'm really looking forward to adding to my journal :)
10 months ago
I completed this BB over a number of sessions, because when I cook porridge it's usually just for me and I'm using 1/2 cup of oats at a time. My husband was unwell yesterday so I managed to do a double batch. That on top of 2 other 1/2 cup batches makes 2 cups.

My stove is gas and my recipe is as follows:


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of salt

  • Method
    Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the bubbles sound like they're saying town names.

    I like to serve mine with honey :)
    10 months ago
    I just found this on Milkwood and thought some other Permies might find it interesting. It's a little set of challenges, not too difficult as far as I can tell, to get more submersed in permaculture. I think it could be really beneficial at least for myself.

    While it is Australian based, I think it can apply no matter where you are.
    10 months ago