Category: Earthworks & Earth Resources

To Swale or Not To Swale

Do you want to protect your property from flooding and drought? What’s a swale? A swale is a excavated depression to slow, absorb and direct water. Swales can help you use and reuse water on your property. March is a great time to talk about this since the snow is melting in northern climates and rain will start any day. One of the problems I see on many properties has […]

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Geoff Lawton Goes to Malaysia

Murujan Permaculture Design is a growing and dedicated group of Permaculturalists, based in Malaysia working to spread awareness and education of Permaculture Design around the world but particularly in Malaysia. We were extremely honored to be paid a visit by none other than Geoff Lawton in November 2015. His visit was the beginning of what hopes to be a very important project for Malaysia in terms of Permaculture Design and […]

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How to Turn a Piece of Land Into a Thriving Project?

Three years ago this month a client asked me to help him transform his land into an eco-tourism project and self-sufficient home. The land is located in fascinating Turkey, overlooking the Marmara Sea. In this article, I share the highlights of the process and outcomes of two months of intensive work applying Permaculture design in a beautiful but challenging spot. I summarise the birth and first steps of Alişler Yurdu, […]

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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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Mini Swales in an Urban Backyard

The term “swale” is often used by Permaculture people when designing large earth work constructions but it’s very rarely spoken of in an urban setting. Swales are most often discussed among permaculture people when designing large earthwork constructions – not something you would find in most people’s backyards. However, these techniques can be used just as effectively in an urban setting to keep your garden plants alive throughout the hot […]

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Found-Object Garden Design at The Farm Inn in Southern Belize

Something that has thoroughly impressed Kevin during our six weeks at The Farm Inn in the southern depths of Belize, where a paved highway has only just made it, is that we are only using things that are already on the property. When I hear him excitedly describe his concept of permaculture—what we, my wife Emma and I, are doing—to people, he always mentions this fact. Over the last few […]

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5 Fun and Fruitful Techniques for Small-Scale Earthworks

I’ve spent most of the last two years volunteering on farms throughout Central and South America, as well as a three-month sojourn through Spain, and in that time, I’ve learned a ton from the people I’ve worked with and, I like to think, shared a lot as well. I’ve been introduced to trees and plants I’d never encountered before. I’ve pruned and harvested in new ways. I’ve played with different […]

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Have Questions, Receive Answers, How Easy is This

Have Questions, Receive Answers, How Easy is This

If you have a site specific problem or just a question you would like to have answered from an experienced Permaculturalist, please read on.

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Christmas Island Gets It’s First Dam

Transforming an old mining pit into a 5 million litre dam has proven to be quiet the mission and has required moving about 10,000 tonnes of soil. Considering we are moving 3 tonnes in a single scoop with a 30 tonne excavator it was eventually achievable. The dam has to be lined due to the geology of the island. Christmas Island is in the middle of the Indian Ocean of […]

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Don’t Try Building Hugel Swales – This is a Very and I Mean Very Bad Idea

Let’s start out with a basic understanding of what full scale Hugelkultur and full scale swale based systems are. Then we can jump into what they are not and why combining them can be a very bad idea. First, as most permies know, a swale is a ditch on contour. They are also tree growing systems, and are not designed to grow annual gardens. They do a great many things […]

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Understanding Earthworks

The Permaculture Research Institute is offering an Understanding Earthworks Course from Monday the 23rd to Friday the 27th of November. These are all the elements of our course. Introduction The course begins with principle and design of earthworks as a general introduction and the reason for using earthworks in Permaculture design. Climate effect The climate effect on different features of earthworks in design and how the climate effects the earthworks […]

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Geoff Lawton and Dave Spicer talk Confidence with Big Projects

In this on camera chat, the PRI’s World renowned Geoff Lawton catches up with Dave Spicer, whom he first met at the original Tagari farm. Dave Spicer has joined Geoff on a number of big projects alreay, one of which was the original Greening the Desert site in Jordan. Geoff Lawton is a world renowned Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in […]

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