Mulching with Purpose and Precision

A Mulched Garden Bed

Mulching is a top priority for a healthy garden. It does so much work that it’s hard to oversell the importance. A proper mulch maintains the integrity of the soil beneath it, protecting the earth from drying out under the sun and/or washing away when the rains come and/or blowing away in the wind. It creates water retention, mulched gardens credited with requiring as little as ten percent of the […]

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Self Sufficient Off-Grid Open Home

Self Sufficient Off-Grid Open Home

Urban Tilba is a sustainable Sydney home which has state of the art solar with lifetime batteries, urban wind turbines, urban food systems, along with Permaculture principles. It truly is a home for the future. Situated on a 650sqm urban block in Seven Hills (Sydney, Australia) Mike Haydon and his family create their own energy, harvest their own water and grow their own fruits and vegetables. This Australia Day Mike and his family will open up their home to the public to demonstrate to people that it can be done on a city block. They want to show the world how you too can make our cities more sustainable and create homes that work for our families.

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Permaculture Livestock Systems Course

Permaculture Livestock Systems Course

Join us for the Permaculture Livestock Systems Course at Zaytuna Fram, home of the Permaculture Research Institute. We have five days jam-packed full of hands-on knowledge, tips and tricks for your Permaculture farm! We are not just teaching this course from a classroom, we are teaching it from a living classroom because we live with these systems every day of the year. We have developed these systems over years of […]

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Morocco Design and Install of Mainframe Earthworks

Morocco Design and Install of Mainframe Earthworks

Recently I was contacted by a student from a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course I taught in Morocco in 2010. He expressed interest in me designing a mainframe site from half a globe away, here in Australia. After studying the maps, some photos and plenty of video footage I come up with a very loose design (meaning the map is not the territory). And then I was asked to come […]

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Polyculture Pattern Language: Nitrogen Fixation Patterns

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When Dave Jacke and I were writing Edible Forest Gardens, we discussed polyculture design extensively. We felt that we were beginning to see the vague outlines of an international pattern language of polycultures – a set of basic templates that might be used regardless of climate or the particular species in question. Give the huge diversity of crop species and possible combinations, there may be an almost infinite number of […]

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Plant Allelopathy

Plant Allelopathy

Plant allelopathy is the ‘chemical warfare’ among the plants imposed by one plant on another to suppress the latter and take advantage from that suppression. The word allelopathy comes from two Greek words allelon and pathos; where allelon means ‘each other’ and pathos means ‘to suffer’. Thus in the phenomenon of plant allelopathy, allelopathic plants create adverse conditions to other neighboring plants by reducing their seed germination and seedling growth. […]

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How to get your Permaculture Project Funded

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The biggest hurdle with setting up a self-reliant property is the upfront cost. Most of us would love to be completely self-sufficient and a job or business that you go to work for play money right? When you look at the costs of setting up a property, the upfront investment is huge. The land, structures, energy systems, tanks, dams, food systems, equipment the list goes on and on. And then […]

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The Future of Solar Energy in the U.S. – The Case of Nevada

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Solar Energy obtained a steady increase in growth rate in the recent past both globally and in the U.S. The industry obtained extraordinary growth rate in the past 5 years. The capacity, which was nearly 1 GW in the year 2010, has reached nearly 8 GW by 2015, which is a tremendous growth in the solar industry. The projections suggest that the total installed solar capacity will exceed 12 GW […]

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Embracing Urban Permaculture

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Permaculture is both a scientific and artistic method used to design human settlements with the intention of meeting basic human wants which include healthy food, clean water, shelter in a way that both sustains and regenerates biodiversity and natural resources. It is useful when one is designing an urban plot, a community garden or even a whole city block. Permaculture seeks to work with natural patterns like the way water […]

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What are Effective Microorganisms?

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Effective Microorganisms (EM) are mixed cultures of beneficial naturally-occurring organisms that can be applied as inoculants to increase the microbial diversity of soil ecosystem. They consist mainly of the photosynthesizing bacteria, lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, actinomycetes and fermenting fungi. These microorganisms are physiologically compatible with one another and can coexist in liquid culture. There is evidence that EM inoculation to the soil can improve the quality of soil, plant growth […]

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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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A Global Wiki of Perennial Crops, Polycultures, and Food Forest Sites

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Designing perennial polycultures (guilds) can be a big challenge. It can be hard to find information on perennial crops and support species. There is a need for information, sample polycultures, and design templates.

Since 2007 we have worked to address these key needs on our site, a crowdsourced tool featuring perennial crops, polycultures, and food forests. Thus far our focus has been on humid temperate systems, but we are raising funds to expand to a global resource. At the same time we’ll be implementing a major overhaul of our site. This will include the open-access addition of the 700 perennial crop species from Eric Toensmeier’s forthcoming book The Carbon Farming Solution.

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