Tobias Long

The Many Types of At-Home Composting

So you’re interested in making your own compost, but you’re overwhelmed by all of the different methods. Or maybe you’re not sure if there’s a method that will work for you. You’re in the right place. With this overview, the decision will be easy. Your first decision? Indoor or outdoor. Since there are fewer types of indoor composting systems, we will cover those first. Composting Indoors If you’ve chosen to […]

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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Start Composting Right Now

You’ve probably heard that a compost pile is a good thing to have in your garden, but do you really know what the benefits of composting are? 1. Composting is great for your garden. If you’re a gardener, then you already know that compost makes for amazing plants. The reason it so good is because it’s one of main components of healthy soil. For happy plants, the soil must have […]

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The Sisterhood Tradition: Three Sisters Companion Planting

A three sisters garden is a way to grow a nutritionally complete meal the way nature intended. It’s a classic component in permaculture homesteads. In fact, it’s been a classic for over seven hundred years. The three sisters garden was one of the main food production sources for the Iroquois and many other tribes across North America. The traditional “sisters” are corn, beans, and squash, although there are other plants […]

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Five Tips To Avoid Falling Victim To Greenwashing

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With a certified organic industry worth close to $2 billion, demand for Australian organic products is continuing to outweigh supply – at home and abroad. However, greenwashing from companies claiming to be ecofriendly means that many consumers aren’t getting the organic products they’re expecting. In Australia, companies aren’t required to be certified before labeling products as “organic” – leaving the door open for corporations to include words like “sustainable,” “natural,” […]

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The Banana “Circle of Life”: Compost and Healthy Food in Perfect Harmony

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A banana circle is a classic permaculture technique. That’s because it’s a perfect partnership between edible plants and waste. It’s a way for you to compost food scraps and wastewater like you would in a regular compost pile while simultaneously creating an ideal growing environment for bananas and other plants. To plant a banana circle in your garden, simply dig a circular pit, about two meters wide and one meter […]

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How To Chop And Drop More Effectively

The practice of chop and drop mulching has long been a core technique utilized by permaculturists around the world, but there is more to this concept than meets the eye. Before you begin incorporating this practice into your own permaculture design, there are some factors you need to consider. In theory, chop and drop mulching is pretty straightforward – you find a tree or a plant that can be used […]

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Permaculture – Bringing Together The Layers And The Zones

On the outer fringes of your landscape, there may be areas of wilderness. How are we to tend to these wild patches in a way that fosters increase in edibles in zones 4 and 5? And how do we maximize our food production in our first three zones? Using our permaculture principles, we can increase the bounty of wild plants already on the land and introduce native species to the […]

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The Controversial Third Ethic of Permaculture

Permaculture’s core is rooted in the philosophy’s adherence to three equal ethics. The first two, Earth Care and People Care, have been widely accepted by the community for what they are – straight-forward and logical. The third ethic, however, has been the subject of some debate among permaculture practitioners for many years. In fact, the ongoing discussion around the various interpretations of this third ethic can offer some explanation as […]

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The Five Zones of Permaculture – Zones Two to Five

The Five Zones of Permaculture: The best way to break down a permaculture ecosystem is into zones. Zones are a great way of boiling down the elements of our design based upon the frequency of human use and plant or animal needs. Elements which are attended to frequently are located closer to the dwelling and those that need limited contact or thrive in isolation are located further away. The zones […]

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The Five Zones of Permaculture – Zones Zero and One

The Five Zones of Permaculture: The best way to break down a permaculture ecosystem is into zones. Zones are a great way of boiling down the elements of our design based upon the frequency of human use and plant or animal needs. Elements which are attended to frequently are located closer to the dwelling and those that need limited contact or thrive in isolation are located further away. The zones […]

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Why Should I Charge for Permaculture

As more and more people around the world begin embracing the ethical premise of permaculture design, the concept is offering viable ways for people to make a living while promoting an important, sustainable philosophy. Making a profit off your endeavor into permaculture is a great way to support the development of your own sustainable garden. The theory of permaculture promotes the ideas of sharing, partnership, and community, but in actual […]

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The Seven Layers of a Forest

Layers are one of the many tools used to design and implement functional ecosystems which are sustainable and of direct benefit to humans. Mature ecosystems have a large number of relationships between the component parts: trees, understory, ground cover, soil, fungi, insects and animals. Because trees, plants, etc grow to different heights it is extremely easy to grow a diverse community of life in a small space. 1. The Canopy […]

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