Planting Permaculture Guilds – Your Comprehensive Guide

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It’s always a pleasure to find ways to increase your garden yield while reducing your labor, time, and cost outputs. Luckily, guilds are another great way to do this – providing you with high quality, diverse yields – with less work. By planting in patterns to benefit from companion planting and forest gardening, guilds use … Read more Planting Permaculture Guilds – Your Comprehensive Guide

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 Swales: Your Comprehensive Guide to Siting and Building Them

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 How to Build Hugelkultur Beds and Why You Need Them

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 Rainwater Harvesting Plant Nursery

8 Early Spring Preparations for Your Permaculture Garden

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For the permaculture gardener, spring is a time of preparation and planting for the year ahead. Thanks to a the techniques used in permaculture management, permaculturists can get slightly ahead of the curve compared to other horticulture types. Employing a few season extension techniques and soil conditioning, we find that we can get our garden … Read more 8 Early Spring Preparations for Your Permaculture Garden

Composting Vs. Sheet Mulching in Permaculture

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You probably heard of the permaculture technique known as ‘sheet mulching’. An on-the-spot composting solution, sheet mulching seems like a convenient way to compost without as much hard labor as building compost piles. However, there are some key differences between sheet mulching and composting that make them equally as good as each other and suitable … Read more Composting Vs. Sheet Mulching in Permaculture

How to Make Your Permaculture Garden Work in Off-Seasons

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As we come out of the summer months, we start to see the productivity of our gardens die back. We also see the fervent nature of our own lifestyles retreat inward as the weather becomes colder and we slow down for winter. As the seasons turn, so does our activity and the way we live … Read more How to Make Your Permaculture Garden Work in Off-Seasons

Energy Efficient Permaculture Planning – Zones, Sectors and Slope

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One of the key concepts in permaculture is the idea of energy efficient planning. In order to create the maximum effects with the minimum amount of work, energy efficient planning is key. This enables you to work more effectively as a person, utilizing all the energies that pass through and occur within your site to … Read more Energy Efficient Permaculture Planning – Zones, Sectors and Slope

7 Ways to Harvest Rainwater for Your (Permaculture) Garden

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In permaculture, it is often thought that ‘planting your water’ is the first step to success. While you may have great soil and a super smart design, if you are neglecting the water flow through your site, you are not only wasting this precious hydration resource, but putting your garden in danger of losing the … Read more 7 Ways to Harvest Rainwater for Your (Permaculture) Garden

9 Steps to Create a Permaculture Garden

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Permaculture is a toolbox of techniques aimed at regenerating the Earth and the society in which we live. However, many people see permaculture as an agriculture-based activity, driven by its originally meaning of ‘permanent agriculture’. While permaculture now encompasses ways in which we manage energy, rebuild shelters, and rework our sociological communities, the very backbone … Read more 9 Steps to Create a Permaculture Garden

Permaculture 101 for Homesteaders

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Permaculture, the shortened version of ‘permanent agriculture’ or ‘permanent culture’, is a school of thought that seeks to mimic the natural patterns of nature to find regenerative solutions to the basic needs of humans and the environment in which we live. What is Permaculture? With a view of providing holistic regenerative systems, permaculture provides a … Read more Permaculture 101 for Homesteaders