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6. Keyhole garden and Mandala garden

Keyhole gardens are generally raised beds and are rarely, if ever, dug up. Continually “feed” your garden by top-dressing it with compost and mulch (to retain moisture). Permaculture encourages the creation of healthy soils wherein worms and micro-organisms do the … Continue reading

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5. Branching Garden

Branching garden paths, modeled after a leaf. The pattern of a leaf’s veins is a space-conserving way to deliver nutrients to the leaf cells without sacrificing precious light-gathering surface. We can use the same pattern for a garden’s paths, which … Continue reading

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4. The Three Sisters Guild

Familiar to many gardeners is the Native American triad of corn, beans, and squash, a combination often called the Three Sisters. The trio qualifies as a guild because each of these plants supports and benefits the others. The cornstalks form … Continue reading

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3. Tree Guild – Net and Pan

Permaculture guilds are groups of organisms – plants, animals, fungi, bacteria etc. – which work particularly well together. These can be those observed in nature such as the White Oak guild which centers on the White Oak tree and includes … Continue reading

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2. Herbs Spiral

This pattern does much more than save space and effort. It encompasses many permaculture principles. This herb garden is also used here as an educational tool to encourage people to grow their own organic food, and to recycle as much as … Continue reading

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1. Introduction to the Edge Effect

Permaculture Principles are based on close observation of nature, traditional sustainable agriculture systems earth sciences and common sense. It has been noticed that there is more life on the edge where two systems overlap. Systems can then access the resources … Continue reading

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