Building Ponds & Talking Liners

The pond looking over the veg plot

We all know that harvesting and storing rainwater is a huge part of designing a garden, and while swales are super functional and a fantastic way to hydrate a landscape, I—like many others—dream of an area replete with ponds. I want those permanent water features to attract wildlife, to swim in, and to use for irrigation if and when that’s necessary. Consequently, in daydreaming of some day soon owning a […]

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The Rhizosphere

green wheat grass

The rhizosphere is the word used to describe the area of soil surrounding plant roots. It is the most biologically active layer of the soil; populated with micro organisms interacting and benefiting from chemicals released by plant roots (1,2,7). There are more micro organisms present in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on the earth; the rhizosphere can carry 1000-2000 times this amount making it highly populated with […]

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The US Election: Inspiration for Instigation

3D illustration of a calendar showing the day of elections

Editor Note: The topic of these articles is the environmental aspect, as the President elect of the United States of America – Who was voted in accordingly to the laws of that country – has made a number of comments on the topics of climate change and the environment, these are relevant to the Permaculture movement as it impacts the overall framework of the work we do and the systems […]

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Donald Trump for One United People?

Donald Trump for One United feat

So it has come to be that Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States, yet the world has not ceased to spin and the rains—one assumes—will still fall. We still have to eat, we still need shelter, we still long to commune, and the earth is still all we’ve got to provide all these things. It would be a lie for me to say that I believe this president-elect will be a positive one for the planet.

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Why We Stagger; that Bio-diverse Swagger

that Bio-diverse Swagger feat

As budding & practicing Permaculture Designers we innately value diversity. Why? Well, firstly, it embraces the ethics of Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share! To value diversity is to have a profound love for all of the elements that make up our Planet Earth and the ethics and values we have derived and in doing so to respect and honour each process that contributes to the holistic well being […]

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Small Farm Contributions

Community Garden in  Santa Monica, California

With all of the focus on striving towards wholesale changes to the entire global farming model, it’s sometimes hard to believe that we, as individuals, can make much of an impact on the prevailing models of food production and its detrimental effects on the environment. But this could not be further from the truth. Yes, each of us needs to be putting pressure on lawmakers, community leaders, corporate growers, and […]

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A Time for Putting Something Back

Wooden bridge through the mangrove reforestation in Petchaburi

The ancient Book of Ecclesiastes teaches us “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” In five years’ time, I shall be seventy-four. My time will be running out as I look back down the years. The next five are perhaps my last opportunity to put things right. This not only about aging: Any one of us could die at any time. All […]

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Soil Salinity and Management

Steppe saline soils. saline  salt  in salt.  steppe  prairie  ve

The problem of soil salinity has existed for centuries. History records that the collapse of ancient Mesopotamia was partly due to crop failure caused by saline soils (1). Saline soils contain high accumulation of soluble salts; which include sulphates, carbonates, chlorides and in some cases nitrates of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium (2, 3). When there is a high build-up of sodium salts the soil is said to be sodic. […]

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Does Information Want To Be FREE? Should It Be?

Does Information Want To Be FREE? Should It Be?

In 1968, in the United States, during that country’s counter-cultural revolution, the writer Steward Brand began publishing the Whole Earth Catalog, a magazine that included, among other things, articles about DIY projects that focused on ecology, and carried the tag line “access to tools.” The articles were essentially manuals on how to build new forms of technology or ways to adapt existing technology to increase efficiency or better address a […]

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5 Tips for the Budding Permaculture Educator

5 Tips for the Budding Permaculture Educator

As permaculture practitioners our greatest challenge may well be overcoming self doubt. This sentiment was shared by more than one of our leading permaculture practitioners and elders earlier this month at the 13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth Western Australia. A panel of some of our finest educators was assembled with the expressed intent of answering any and all questions anyone in attendance may have, and as expected an eager […]

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Growing Rice with Organic Fertilizers

Rural Life

Rice is one of the world’s most consumed cereal crop. It is a staple food for many Asian, African, Latin American and Caribbean countries; with approximately 90% of the world’s production and consumption of rice coming from Asia (1). Rice is usually classified according to its growing environment (Lowland and upland rice grown in lowlands and uplands) or according to its water source (rain fed and irrigated rice). Organic rice […]

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