The 3 Permaculture Ethics to Live By

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The word permaculture was created by one of the founding fathers, Bill Mollison. It is derived from the word permanent and the word agriculture. By combining permanence with agriculture we can create systems that are diverse, sustainable and resilient. Permaculture mustn’t only be viewed as a method of food production, but also be defined in … Read more

How to Start an Edible Food Forest Garden

What if you could grow a garden that not only provided nourishment, but also required minimal upkeep? What if that garden attracted pollinators, created wildlife habitat, and was beautiful to look at? You would do it in an instant, wouldn’t you? With an edible forest garden, that dream is a reality. What is an edible … Read more

17 Ways to Save Money on the Permaculture Garden

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Uncertain times! These days have the entire world off balance and uncertain of the future. There is no better time than now to start saving money. Permaculture by definition is the very essence of saving money. Everything about permaculture speaks to sustainability and proper use of resources. It might take longer but it is possible … Read more

Permaculture, Government, and Urban Renewal

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The word permaculture, derived from permanent agriculture by Bill Mollison, has not yet seemed to have found its way into the halls of local, regional or federal governments. Currently, the term used for any type of green urban renewal is referred to as agricultural regeneration, or urban agriculture. The terms are similar in the fact, … Read more

Urban Permaculture – The Ultimate Guide

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Have the dream to become more sustainable? Here’s what you need to know to get you started even if you live in an urban area, and don’t have much land, by starting an urban permaculture garden. Permaculture, a method of gardening, originally began in Australia and was initiated by Bill Mollison and Dave Holmgren in … Read more

Sheet Mulching Done Right

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Sheet mulching gets a lot of attention as an easy way to build soil and fight weeds at the same time. If you would like a beautiful garden but worry about the ongoing labor to keep it in shape, sheet mulching is a good choice. By adding a sheet mulch layer to your garden, you … Read more

Swales: Your Comprehensive Guide to Siting and Building Them

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When you’re researching permaculture techniques, swales often rise to the top of the pile. Simply put, swales are rainwater harvesting devices that work by shaping the earth. The word ‘swale’ has often been used to talk about a diversion channel for water. In permaculture, the term ‘swale’ is used to refer to both on-contour swales … Read more

How to Build Hugelkultur Beds and Why You Need Them

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The concept of a permaculture garden is to provide long-term solutions that maximize outputs and minimize inputs, while cycling energy and resources through the system. This creates closed-loop efficiency within your system and prevents excess waste. In fact, one of permaculture’s most favored sayings is ‘there’s no such thing as waste, just things in the … Read more

Rainwater Harvesting Plant Nursery

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When we design solutions in permaculture, we’re looking to solve more than one issue at once, so that all our elements in the wider system of our permaculture garden become multifunctional tools. This increases efficiency as two problems are solved at the same time leading to higher yields with lower outputs of energy. This article … Read more