Category: Building

Build your own PotBot Irrigation – An Example of Growing Permaculture Systems from First Principles

Introducing POTBOT irrigation – no it is not the name given to a tubby robot that does the mundane and time consuming task of watering. POTBOT is short for Plant Pot – Bottle dripper Irrigation. Batches of water are trickle released from the main water tank (for security) to batch storage then electronically released to fill in effect little water tanks all set at the same elevation around the garden. […]

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Find Freedom in a Tiny House

In association with the Simplicity Institute, Jordan Osmond of Happen Films has recently produced a short film based on the ‘tiny house’ build, which is available for viewing above. Please share with your friends, family, and social networks. Find Freedom in a Tiny House What is a house? I feel this is a dangerous question, which holds within it the seeds of a disruptive innovation, so read on at your […]

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Gabions for Gully Erosion Peru

Working on a project in the Sacred Valley Peru, I came across an opportunity to install Gabions to reduce soil erosion on a steep slope. A Gabion is a porous dam wall made from rock and small stones free standing or packed into a wire basket. They combat soil erosion by slowing the flow of water and dropping sediment and organic material behind the rock wall as water slowly leaks […]

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The Next Stage of the Bio Digester at PRI Sunshine Coast

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Tom Kendall talks about what the next step is for the Biogas Bio Digester at his Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”, which is the location of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. The Bio Digester already creates enough gas to cook some meals on, but it is ready for the next step to increase gas production.

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Establishing Living Fences in Central America

Photos Courtesy of Sam Kenworthy The use of living fences in the Central American region is prolific. Although installation techniques and application style of living fences varies across borders and climates, in Costa Rica the fences generally serve to delineate property and keep livestock within a boundary. Aside from their obvious uses, living fences generate far more benefits, both ecological and economic, than are typically noticed at first glance. Through […]

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Update from Tiger Hill Permaculture

We have been busy at Tiger Hill Permaculture getting ready for our upcoming Specialized Earthworks Course starting February the 20th, 2015. There has always been a bigger vision on how the land was to be utilized and the existing infrastructure was only needed to be repurposed to value add their uses. Take the shearing shed. It was always intended to be a bunk house. Now it is a sharing shed […]

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Up the Wall (pt 1) : Vertical Interventions in the Concrete Jungle

In the Urban Permaculture design work that we’re doing here in Córdoba, Argentina, one of the recurring themes that we’re exploring is how to use climbing, edible plants not just for their fruits, but for their ability to resolve microclimate and livability issues such as privacy, windbreak and passive cooling. In this article, I’d like to share a few examples of how we’re using edible climbers as an important piece […]

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How to build a Geo-Solar Greenhouse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at0JklqqHUA Geoff’s new video on Annualized Geo-Solar, see the full version on Geofflawton.com Imagine if you could trap the energy of the sun, shining on you on a warm summers day and store it, in a bank, for future use when you needed it in the winter? Sounds fanciful right? Well, that’s the principle of Annualized Geo-Solar. A fancy name, but a clever way of storing the heat in the […]

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REALLY saving energy: Paul Wheaton at TEDxWhitefish

Paul Wheaton at TEDxWhitefish – REALLY saving energy

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The Art and Practice of Tadelakt

The art of Tadelakt has for centuries been steeped in mystic and wonder. Few who leave the fantastic halls of the Marrakesh palaces or the beautifully reconstructed Riads will fail to notice the glimmering monolithic plaster that twinkles in the light as it seamlessly extends over these proud buildings. Tadelakt is a plaster finishing technique historically used in north Africa to protect earthen structures. It is specifically valued for its […]

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SMART Permaculture in South Ethiopia (Part 2)

This will all make a lot more sense if you’ve read part 1 of this article. But anyway, to cut a long story short, it is about designing a PC demo site and training centre in a little market town called Bonosha, in the south Ethiopian ethnic zone of Hadiya. This is to be the nerve centre of a network of solar-powered community-serving water, WASH and Permaculture projects spanning the […]

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SMART Permaculture in South Ethiopia (Part 1)

A few years back I got an email from a German guy called Oliver Kopsch. He works setting up water and sustainable energy projects in developing countries around the world. He had set up such a project in south Ethiopia – a water-well with solar powered pump to distribute water to the local rural community. Now he was expanding on his concept to include two new features; WASH (Water, Sanitation […]

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