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Converting a Swimming Pool to Grow Fish

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Aquaponics is becoming an increasingly popular method of permaculture, probably because it can start with a backyard swimming pool. While creating an ecosystem on one’s own may seem like a daunting task to many, one of the most appealing aspects of aquaponics lies in the fact that nature can do most of the work. For suburban couple Les and Annette Mulder, the first step to farming one hundred fish in […]

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Easy to Build Polypipe Greenhouse

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Every productive urban garden needs a greenhouse. Whether you need a way to isolate an airoponic/aquaponic system, or just want to give your young seedlings a better chance at survival, a greenhouse is, beyond a doubt, your best option. It protects crops from birds, insects and pets, while also allowing you to fully control their habitat by eliminating unwanted rain, harsh sunlight and strong wind. The problem is, a small […]

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Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

Ah, an archetypical permaculture zones of use chart. So elegant in its simplicity, yet bewildering to those who wish to transpose it. Just what are permaculture zones of use and why do they matter? Permaculture zones of use are at once an organizing force during the design process as well as a management tool. They directly aid our efforts by offering simple, but effective logic to the positioning of design […]

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The Transformative Power of Pizza: Eating Your Way Towards Eco-Integration

The Transformative Power of Pizza: Eating Your Way Towards Eco-Integration

The proof is in the pudding. The same can be said for a functional permaculture system. When you integrate cultural and community diversity into your landscape, you are offered the privilege to experience firsthand the valuable combination that social permaculture offers every individual on our rich, blue marble. One surefire way to create a synergistic blend of people and the environment is with food. Pizza is an especially good dish […]

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Humanure Is No Laughing Matter, Part 2: The Easy-Does-It Instructions

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So, it would seem with one mountain of humanure now behind us—that, without a doubt, we should be composting human feces and urine (and, some would say, will eventually have no real choice in the matter)—it is now time to address exactly how this movement should begin. For those who missed last week’s article, please feel free to hit the pause button for a recap or simply press on knowing […]

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Charting The Sun’s Motion In Relation To Your Home And Permaculture Site

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Image source: NREL.gov Understanding the sun’s motion relative to a site is an important aspect of a good permaculture design, as various elements like plants, animals and solar devices depend on sun for their functionality. A good appreciation of the earth’s rotation about its axis, its revolution around the sun and the consequences of these motions on the sun’s position and availability at a given location on the earth’s surface, […]

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How to Harvest Your Own Seeds from Fruit and Vegetables for Propagation into Nursery

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Harvesting your own seeds from fruit and vegetables for propagation into a nursery significantly reduces your costs by over 50 percent. In order to reap the maximum benefit, you must give your plants the help they need to produce healthy seeds. Harvesting and storage techniques require particular attention because they impact seed quality. To achieve the best results, one must harvest at the right time, clean with the proper techniques, […]

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The Benefits of Building a Raised Bed Garden.

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Raised bed gardens increase in popularity each year. From simple, sustainable structures to elegant, elaborate works of garden art, raised beds run the gamut of styles, sizes, and spending. While farmers grew crops in the ground for centuries, why is gardening in a raised bed so appealing? Superior Soil. First, raised beds allow you to control the soil. Whether you battle clay soil or you’ve experienced a soil-born disease in […]

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Some Tips on Making Compost

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As every gardener knows, one of the key things you need if you are going to grow plants is good soil. When using permaculture this necessity can sometimes be challenged; for example, in very dry or extreme (very dry/very wet) climates such as Mediterranean, some people recommend using no soil at all but instead growing all of your plants in gravel or small pebbles. This technique, suggested by for example […]

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How To Grow Tulsi – Sacred Basil

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Tulsi also known as Sacred Basil or Holy Basil is a perennial herb that can be grown in the subtropics and the tropics. It is grown for it’s medicinal properties, as a culinary herb, and by the Hindus for religious and ceremonial purposes. As well as being a perennial edible plant it is also incredible bee forage almost full time. Most plants flower for a certain time of the year […]

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How to Make Your Own Dairy-Free Milk, Cheese & Yogurt

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Homemade Almond Milk in Recycled Bottles (Courtesy of Samatha Bell) It’s not always the most popular subject to broach within public and/or permaculture circles, but the fact of the matter is that in many, many recent studies dairy is being linked to several chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular issues, cancer, and digestive woes. It’s no wonder, really, as we are the only animal to regularly consume the milk of another, and […]

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Permaculture and Kombucha: The Ethics of Scoby

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Kombucha, the fizzy probiotic tea applauded for its taste and health benefits, also follows the permaculture ethic of sharing the surplus. You may know kombucha is made by feeding sugar to a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), or mother as she’s fondly called. In return, the scoby infuses probiotics, flavor, and carbonation into the tea. As scoby cultures readily replenish themselves, the abundance can be passed on to […]

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