Making Seedballs: An Ancient Method of No-till Agriculture

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Dried and Finished “Clay Dumplings” What’s a Seed ball? Seeds balls are an ancient technique for propagating plants from seeds without opening up soil with cultivation tools such as a plow. The rediscovery and popularization of seedballs (or “Clay Dumplings” as he called them) in modern times is typically ascribed to Japanese natural farmer and… Read more »

Reverence for the Bunya Bunya: A Seasonal Retrospective From Melliodora (Australia)

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Dedicated to the memory of Peter Brew 1954-2010 Classic bunya bunya canopy profile at the Bunya Mountains National Park Equinox gift from the subtropics It feels like a classic autumn break after a horrible gardening season with alternating cool and scorching hot dry conditions, insect plagues and disease. We’ve had a series of nice rains… Read more »

Bone Sauce: A Tool for Deterring Browsing

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Applying the bone sauce Bone sauce is a product of the destructive distillation of bones — a process which separates the volatile organic components (aka bone sauce, or Dippel’s oil) from the inorganic components (aka bone char — mostly calcium, carbon and phosphorous compounds). Bone sauce has a potent smell, somewhere between wood-creosote and rancid… Read more »

Fernglade Farm – Autumn Update (May 2014, Victoria, Australia)

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Well, the summer just past was interesting. Heat and drought were constant companions in all parts of the Australian continent other than the Northern Territory. Down in the south eastern corner of the continent the farm here had to deal with 10 days of temperatures exceeding 40°C (104°F) during January and February. At one point… Read more »

Designing Food Forests Across Three Climate Zones with Geoff Lawton

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Got 10 minutes? Here’s a great little video of Geoff Lawton outlining the construction of food forests across three different climate zones. Whether you live in the tropics, drylands or the cool to cold North American climate, there is something to glean from this instructional and entertaining video. Watch it now!

Urban Garden Demonstration Update (New Zealand)

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by Kay Baxter, PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute) This is an update on our urban permaculture garden experiment which integrates the best ideas from our Permaculture Design Course students into a working urban garden here in our North Island, New Zealand temperate climate. Our end product includes rabbits, chickens, a 36 sq m biointensive garden,… Read more »

Agroforestry Support Species for Cold Climates

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A silk tree in my garden, serving as living trellis to arctic kiwifruit; also shade provider for shade crops including currant, mayapple, fuki, and edible hosta. Also fixes nitrogen. Rafter Ferguson’s recent excellent article “Permaculture for Agroecology” (PDF) challenges the permaculture movement to read up on what’s happening in related fields like agroecology and agroforestry…. Read more »

Spring: Season of Perennial Vegetables in the Cold-Climate Garden (MA, USA)

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Excerpted from Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier with contributions from Jonathan Bates. Bates and Toensmeier will be hosting a perennial vegetable tasting and edible landscaping workshop at their garden in Holyoke, MA, USA this April 26, 2014. Jonathan Bates with spring perennial vegetables From the beginning of my interest in plants for permaculture and edible… Read more »

The Growing and Utilizing of Bamboo

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Bamboo grows in most areas and has many important uses for communities. Generally, bamboo can be split into two categories: clumping bamboo (sympodial) and creeping bamboo (monopodial). Clumping bamboo grows in tropical climates and is more common, while creeping bamboo generally grows in subtropical climates. The process of planting and managing bamboo clumps properly is… Read more »