The Great Hay Stack

The Great Hay Stack feat 01

Come the end of the annual monsoon, all eyes turn to the rice paddies, watching for the ripening of the grain. Spirits have been dampened by some unseasonal rains, bringing anguish about the state of the crop. This year, after a heavy monsoon that lingered a little past it’s welcome, the harvest finally came a little later, too.

The fields in front of our home are a mix of both cultivated rice paddies and fallow fields of wild grasses.

Each year, we undertake the big job of harvesting as much as we can of the organic matter that the fields have to offer.

Read More >
4 Comments

Dealing with Amish Neighbors through Sharing and Bartering

Dealing with Amish Feat

I find myself to be lucky enough to have many Amish neighbors. I feel lucky because they generally make the best neighbors for homesteaders. The Amish are quiet and like to be left alone: they don’t really mind what you do on your land. You can have a symbiotic relationship with the Amish that suits both of you. First off you need to respect the way they live and understand […]

Read More >
4 Comments

The Seed Campaign

The Seed Campaign feat

Over the years that they have maintained this collection It has become increasingly clear to Kay and Bob of the huge importance of what they have been protecting. The passing of time has granted them the knowledge to understand that the future of agriculture and health (both locally and within the wider world) lies in the development of systems of farming and food production that creates biological systems that retain […]

Read More >
1 Comment

Science, Technology and Permaculture – How much do you really need to know?

Hand with a test tube and plant. Fertilizer in laboratory glassware.

“The further one goes, the less one knows.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Permaculture has been around for over thirty years, and is finally beginning to reach mainstream audiences as a result of decades of advocacy work by the global Permaculture community. It has yet to gain mainstream scientific acceptance, and some may find this troubling, but what’s a greater concern is that anytime people make the effort to […]

Read More >
30 Comments

Raising Rabbits: My Source of Manure

Raising Rabbits Feat1

I love raising rabbits, mainly because of rabbit pellets also known as rabbit manure. When people ask me why I raise rabbits they expect me to say meat, pets or fur. When I say manure I really surprise them. I do love my rabbits and I love their meat, but rabbit pellets are invaluable. If you work on a small homestead rabbits might be a great livestock option. I first […]

Read More >
4 Comments

Language and Permaculture, Part 1: Why we need to focus on Terminology to take Permaculture to the next level.

Agriculture word cloud

One of the most universally applicable attractions of permaculture is that it is a practical set of design tools, based on directly observable effects and which can be used to create physical solutions to problems in the world. Indeed, co-conceptualiser of permaculture Bill Mollison famously pointed out that one of the reasons permaculture is so useful is that it involves actually applying what you are saying to what you are […]

Read More >
3 Comments

Farming the Garden

Farming the Garden Feat

How small is too small? Depending in what year you asked this question I would have given a different answer. I came across Permaculture in 2004 while searching the web for ‘intensive growing systems’. I lived in the burbs and only had access to small areas. Many techniques for gardening were attempted as I jumped from garden to garden in my parents and friends yards. Permaculture just seemed to rattle […]

Read More >
7 Comments

Polyculture Trials 2016 – Home Garden Records

Polyculture Trials Feat

Paul Alfrey from the Balkan Ecology Project looks at his Polyculture Trials 2016 – Home Garden Records. http://balkanecologyproject.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/polyculture-trials-2016-home-garden.html For the previous three years, we have been testing the practice of growing vegetables and herbs in Polycultures (guilds within Permaculture circles). We have been using our home garden for these tests, and recording the inputs and outputs from the growing seasons. Our aim is to discover whether or not growing in […]

Read More >
2 Comments

Are Bugs More Nutritious Than Meat?

notorious bug eating of asia

A new research study shows that eating edible insects could provide as much or even more iron and other micro-nutrients as consuming beef. A large percentage of the world’s population consumes meat. Unfortunately, meat production is taxing the planet, with its demand for substantially large amount of water and energy, in addition to contributing to environmental pollution. The look-out for an effective alternative is on and many sustainability researchers are […]

Read More >
11 Comments

Anne Stobart – Medicinal Forest Gardens – A New Quality In Permaculture

Anne Stobart – Medicinal Forest Gardens – A New Quality In Permaculture

Anne and Kay created and nurture the Holt Wood (http://www.holtwoodherbs.com/) – a 3.5 acre piece of woodland, which they transformed from a commercial conifer timber planting to a diverse forest garden. The focus of their work is the medicinal nature of everything in their project. Although you will find edible species there, the idea was to, literally take growing medicinal plants in the UK to the next level. Most gardens […]

Read More >
11 Comments

Rock Phosphate

phosphorus in the vein of teide

Phosphorus is needed by plants in relatively large amounts; this is why it is classified as a primary plant nutrient. It plays a key role in photosynthesis, carbon metabolism and nitrogen fixation. It is also a key component of nucleic acids-DNA and RNA. When phosphorus is deficient in a plant the following symptoms show: – Dark-green colouration in leaves- the dark green colour is as a result of high carbohydrate […]

Read More >
5 Comments

Swales Bring Life to Your Soil

Swales Feat

Everyone knows water means life, but not everyone pays attention to the amount of water going to your soil. Dirt, soil or earth, whatever you call it, is a living being. Having a consistent amount of moisture in your soil guarantees that it stays alive. Water is the “solvent of life” that functions in transport of nutrients through plants and is used in the energy producing-processes of plants. However, watering […]

Read More >
13 Comments