Category: Plant Systems

Organic Cattle and Grass Farming in Costa Rica

Finca Quijote is located in one of the wettest places on earth. We get 6 meters of rainfall per year on average. Our elevation is 800 meters above sea level to 1100 meters on the highest “cero” or mountain top. The 517 hectares of Quijote consists mostly of forest, some pristine old growth in the mountains, secondary forest where logging occurred years ago and some open land near the rivers […]

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“Poo to Peaches” – a Composting Toilet Kickstarter

To learn more about the Poo to Peaches project and become a backer, visit the Kickstarter page Every day, the average person flushes 10 gallons of clean drinking water down the toilet. This constitutes a waste of two precious resources: scarce water supplies and human manure, which could instead be composted to form a fertile soil amendment. While composting toilets (CTs) of various styles are commercially available and legal for […]

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Creating a Forest Floor through Chop and Drop

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast talks about his plans for the swimming pond which was dug 2 years ago. Support species are establishing growth, but after a big rain it is time to do some chopping and dropping and encouraging the growth of other species by creating a forest floor.

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Contour Beds Peru

The ancient Inca also utilised contour patterning in their agriculture. This article will describe the process we took to create kitchen garden contour beds in the Sacred Valley Peru. Contour beds are annual and/or perennial vegetable garden beds that conform to the natural pattern of the landscape. Being on contour means that the paths and beds themselves are level and follow the lay of the land. Not only does this […]

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Mattkel Regenerative Permaculture Practice.

With permaculture techniques we have been able to provide solutions that enable the healthy growth of our plants, improve the soil fertility and maintain a healthy ecosystem. One of these techniques is the use of Mulching.

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Re-Greening a Mountain

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When Geoff Lawton says this is the best Permaculture demonstration site on the planet, then you have to stop and listen. “Where is it exactly?” I asked, as I’ve never heard of this place. I didn’t know the Chinese were even into permaculture. “Kadoorie Farm” he said and he insisted we go there and film. “It’s in Hong Kong on a massive mountain. The whole place has been redeveloped. You […]

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500 Days of Food Forest

500 days in the growth of a food forest 2015 Jan update Permaculture Organic The idea started from sheer curiosity. I had always wondered, how fast does the food forest grow? I really had no idea. What better way to satisfy my curiosity than start taking daily photographs and then morphing those many photographic stills into a short video? Thus the project was born and 500 days has now passed […]

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Aquaponics Systems – worlds largest project now the smallest – with the Aquaponics Kitchen Garden Kit

Aquaponics can function at many scales, with different applications in a permaculture design. For zone 4 & 5 lake wild areas it functioned as an earth repair design element stopping algal blooms and growing fodder. In Zone 0 inside the home, it functions as a micro aquaponics kitchen garden and educational ecosystem. World’s largest aquaponics system developer – miniturises Aqua Biofilter technology, down, into an Aquaponics Kitchen Garden. Story by […]

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Thoughts on Fair Trade

Permaculture is an enlightening journey. I’m learning new, fascinating and useful things everyday and always ask for more. How many of us would have made wonderful students had it been taught in school… A lot of this eco-logically sound and down-to-earth knowledge is enriching our practice. To me, life is a gigantic playground on which I want to play responsibly and lovingly. I’m in a constant state of meditation, thoroughly […]

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Moon Planting Guide

Using the moon as a guide The cycles of the moon have influenced gardeners from diverse cultures over many centuries. While science may not fully understand why planting by the moon works, anecdotal evidence sugsgest that it does.

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Quality over Quantity – Growing Nutrient Dense Food in Urban Gardens

By Kat Gawlik, forgreenies.com If we are to grow and produce enough food to meet our families’ nutritional needs in an urban situation, we need to go beyond organic, to remineralise the soil where there are deficiencies, cultivate soils rich with microbes and to grow food that is nutrient dense.

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Varieties, Additives and Sourcing: What’s Happening with your food?

Photography by Ingrid Pullen Eating: one of the most simple and basic human activities. Yet as our food systems become increasingly more mechanised and complicated, this simple act begins to carry with it a whole spectrum of messages. When you lift that juicy apple to your lips, do you think about which chemicals were used to make it so perfectly red? How many miles has it been traveling in order […]

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