Kia ora, I'm Alex Ferens.
Over the last decade I've pursued a burning passion to understand the natural world around me. This has taken me from a career in the design and technology industry to landscaping and permaculture based garden design and maintenance.
An honest and professional ear to provide advice on anything relating to native or landscaped garden environments. Where possible this is best initiated with a site visit and in person discussion.
After establishing your desired outcomes I can render a range of either freehand or digital visual overviews to match your unique requirements. Directly speaking to site specific climate, contour, existing features plus any new landscaped elements both soft and hard.
I specialise in designing and creating gardens which embody permaculture principles, gardens which empower people to grow a wide array of healthy food and create thriving, functional ecosystems with minimal need for external inputs. My work has a strong focus on how New Zealand natives can be used in such systems, with the edible, medicinal, and soil-enriching properties that they offer.
After the design process, I can facilitate the landscaping and construction of any necessary elements to create new gardens or update and expand existing ones.
— Soil conditioning
— Organic waste removal
— Pest/disease control
— Compost construction.
A collection of all the key principles outlined, and broadly utilising natures inherit ecosystems.
When we approach a garden environment with a holistic view combined with our knowledge of an ecological community we can create a garden for today, tomorrow and long into the future.
Left unchecked, natural environments always find harmony.
Taking cue from this we strive to create environments that maintain themselves, with as little human intervention as possible.
No garden is complete without a robust compost and mulching system.
Food scraps, deciduous tree/leaf material and some card/paper provide a free opportunity to add energy, minerals and nutrients as well as acting to lock moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.
Too often garden spaces follow a global trend of homogenisation, drawing from an extremely limited pool of plant species.
By using a diverse range of plants we can create systems of companion planting which naturally repel pests and facilitate improved growing conditions for other species around them.
Artificial fertilisers and chemical pesticides create more problems than they solve regarding soil and broad ecosystem health.
We can create fertile soil and minimise pests without relying on these inputs. And the best part is, nature already provides us with all the tools and resources.
Symbiosis at its finest, beneficial fungi that work in partnership with most plants roots to share resources.
Mycorrhiza can be added to soil at the time of planting or fosted to grow naturally by leaving soil unbroken after planting. When properly established, Mycorrhiza can distribute nutrients throughout a garden.
Ata mārie, please fill out the form below if you would like to engage with any of my services or if there is anything you would like to discuss.