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4. Permaculture: Basic Definition

Extract from Wikipedia: “Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agriculturalsystems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies. Permaculture is sustainable land use design. This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that … Continue reading

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3. Growing a Forest Garden

A quick overview. Extracts from Tody Hemenway – Gaia’s Garden. Many yards already contain most of the elements of a forest garden: a few tall trees in front or at the back edge, some shrubs for a hedge or berries, … Continue reading

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2. Step by Step Process

Design Steps “Each garden, each valley and each region is different. These differences, in the hands of an Earth steward, can be honored and used toward creative and diverse ends. Each garden is a reflection of the potential of place … Continue reading

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1. Our Objectives

Defining our goals and principles Our primary objective is to restore a sustainable ecosystem that will include: An ecological vegetable garden based on permaculture principles that will provide all the food that we need to sustain our family, visitors and … Continue reading

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7. Comfrey – A Nutural Fertilizer

Comfrey is a particularly valuable source of fertility to the organic gardener. It is very deep rooted and acts as a dynamic accumulator, mining a host of nutrients from the soil. These are then made available through its fast growing … Continue reading

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6. Green manure

In agriculture, a green manure is a type of cover crop grown primarily to add nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Typically, a green manure crop is grown for a specific period, and then plowed under and incorporated into … Continue reading

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5. Nitrogen Fixers

Nitrogen is often the limiting nutrient in a garden, thus N-fixing plants like legumes and many others will slash the need for fertilizer, and at the same time pour more organic matter into the soil than fertilizer ever could. This … Continue reading

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4. Compost Bins

In a natural system there is no waste or pollution – the output from one natural process is always the resource for another natural process. Recycle and reuse local resources as many times as possible within a polycultural system. Compost … Continue reading

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3. Woody ways to build soil

Extracts from Bill Mollison Hugelkultur In the carefully tended forests of central Europe, no scrap of wood is ever wasted. Branches and brushy prunings are used in a gardening technique called  hugelkultur, or mound culture. To create a hugelkultur, pile … Continue reading

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2. Sheet Mulch

Basic Sheet mulching technique Sheet mulching is one of the basics in the ecological gardener’s tool kit. It’s a method of eradicating weeds and building soil that eliminates herbicides and avoids tilling, both of which rupture soil ecology. Sheet mulching … Continue reading

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