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

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

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

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