Perfectly green, monoculture (one species of grass) lawns are estimated to be the 4th largest crop in the US (similar in Australia). As far as a 'crop' goes, they give back a very poor yield: They require huge time, water, chemical, and energy inputs...and you can't even eat them. The bugs can't even eat them. THIS IS A PROBLEM in our current polluted and life-endangered situation ....But it's an easy problem to solve! WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES? -Flowers
WORKING WITH NATURE BEGINS BY SLOWING DOWN How do we place design elements where they are happiest, and need the least work from us? Through working with nature by observing. Take a moment. Sit in your garden, somewhere you don't usually. Just sit. Pay attention. Listen, look, smell. What do you find?
Is the ground here a bit wet? Is it really really sunny? A bit windy? what grows here? By following these simple observations you can more easily place what will naturally work
They're finally done! Hallelujah! This has been a very long term project that has had to fit itself around my very small children. I've been building these things for almost 6 months, sometimes with help, mostly not. The slope you see in the before photos was created after we had our new driveway installed. It's on a significant slope so a fair bit of excavating was done.
This is the downslope of the hill and the bottom of the driveway. OBSERVATIONS
-sits under a huge pine
Generally feeling depressed about getting a career going in permaculture. What do I know? Why should people listen to me? What do I have to offer? I'm chewing on these thoughts over months. It's easy to get trapped in them. Especially where I live. In the Blue Mountains, friggin everyone is a permie. Amazing ones too! There are so many people who know sooo much more than me and have been doing it for soooo much longer. What could I possibly contribute? I'm brooding away on th
Here's a quick, free way to get perennial herbs and flowers started in your garden. This works well with most woody stemmed plants. I've had the greatest success with lavender, sage, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Step 1 - take your cutting Find a friend, community garden, neighbour, or even council owned land with plants you like. Snip off a few hard-stemmed bits 10cm long or longer. I've started to travel with secateurs in the car for when something catches my eye! Ask permis
A green wall indicates a vertical growing space. Green walls are a great way to maximise your available space. Especially in urban environments. If in doubt, go vertical. At the moment I am trying to maximise our 'Zone 1'. In permaculture, Zone 1 is the area nearest your house, that receives the most human interaction and visits. By leveraging this human attention we are able to maximise the growing potential here. It also makes it the most convenient area for food production
My dream has come true. I have a chook tractor! Aaaaahhh *that was the angels singing from on high. Ever since learning about these ingenious mobile coops, I have longed for them. Since I'm hopeless at DIY ( I try, but I really shouldn't be allowed near a hammer), I mentioned it to my mum on a recent visit. Being a give-it-a-go type of person, she whipped one up for me in no time. Ta-da! Dream come true. Usually chooks in the veg patch is a disaster, being the voracious eater
Every home needs chickens. They are the best pets! They are fascinating to children, entertaining to watch, they process your kitchen scraps into amazing fertilizer for your garden, are easy to look after, AND they give you eggs! What more could you want? Here I’ll be talking about: -design considerations of a permaculture chicken system -how the chickens work with other elements in our garden -future improvements -mistakes I made, because that’s how we learn right? DESIGN CO
Permaculture is thoughtful design. Permaculture is doing things better. Permaculture is recognising the inherent rights of all life forms, including animals and plants. It is behaving towards the planet like the ethical and intelligent beings we claim to be.
Permaculture is catching water from your roof, using it in your laundry, then cycling it back through to your garden. No waste, just intelligence.
Permaculture is putting chickens to work for you in the garden, happily