Category: Soil

Is Newspaper Safe for Your Garden?

There is an ongoing debate in the agricultural world concerning the safety, or lack thereof, of newspaper use in a garden. Newspaper has been used widely in vegetable gardens as a mulch, as a natural weed killer, and even as potting cups. Newspaper is a biodegradable substance. The Nuffield Foundation, which focuses on science and social science, conducted an experiment with its students which demonstrated how microbes in the soil […]

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PRI – Natural Fertilisers and Nursery

PRI – Natural Fertilisers and Nursery

Lori Morris takes you on a tour of Zaytuna Farm’s diverse fertiliser composting systems. Nursery Manager Laurie Duniam explains the number of different methods of composting that occur on the site and she also describes the process of implementing fertiliser into the nursery system at the PRI Zaytuna. This is an interesting look at some of the systems that we have running at the Permaculture Research Institute. Come and learn […]

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Poultry Litter – A Great Resource to Utilize

The delicious and low cholesterol containing meat which is accepted by almost all societies is the key to bringing an excellent boost to the poultry industry. The poultry industry, one of the largest and fastest growing agro-based industries, is not only providing a huge amount of animal protein but also producing millions of tons of waste materials whose proper utilization can bring a great economic and environmental advantage. Having numerous […]

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Abundance from Small Spaces

First of all, though, we need air and water. Without these two things, we can’t live today. So clean air, and clean water in sufficient quantities are pre-cursors of sustainable human life. However, for long-term survival, we need soil. Not just any old soil: we need enduring well – nourished and nourishing soils which just keep getting more and more fertile. In fact, soil is demonstrably the true foundation of civilisation. That is ¬ fertile, accessible, living soil.

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Permaculture Animals as a Discipline to the System

Permaculture Animals as a Discipline to the System

The use of animals in permaculture design is a fundamental aspect which provides diversification of a system as well as accelerating this system towards its potential maturity. Integration of elements in a system can occur through the use of animals natural tendency to do useful work as their living function and increase the complexity of interactions possible in a way that aligns with natural tendencies of ecological reality. Animals love […]

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Green Leaf Manure – A Useful Organic Manure

Green Leaf Manure – A Useful Organic Manure

Green leaf manures (GLMs) are organic manures made from leaves collected from all available sources and used to supply essential plant nutrients to the soil and increase soil fertility in a healthy manner. Using GLMs to grow crops is not a recent concept at all and has been used in many South Asian countries for centuries. Green leaf manuring can be defined as the pruning and collecting of green leaves […]

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Poisonous Mushroom as the Medicine of the Future

“The difference between medicine and poison is dose” Paul Stamets on the Omphalotus Illudens or much commonly known as the Jack ‘o Lantern mushroom. Stamets talked about the infamous poisonous mushroom and talks about its medicinal properties. The mushroom, according to Stamets, provides compounds that can be used to arrest tumor growth by preventing DNA replication and protein binding which makes tumors grow. Though the mushroom has a wide array […]

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Fungi and Mould, the Great Decomposers

Fungi and Mould, the Great Decomposers

Fungi and Mold can be found on almost any surface on the planet. There are an estimated one million or more species of these single organisms; about one hundred of which can be found in or on the human body.

Many of these fungi are extremely beneficial to the environment and to human health; while others are dangerous, even deadly. In any case, these organisms serve one core purpose: decomposition.

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How to Build A Worm Tower

Building a worm tower is a simple, enjoyable, sustainable way to nurture your garden so that it can continue to nurture you. Earth—the stuff on the ground, not the planet—is essential for life. Anyone who has a garden (or even a house plant!) has seen a microcosm of this in action. The soil isn’t just something we walk on or that plants anchor in. It’s something that nurtures us and […]

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Mulching with Purpose and Precision

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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What are Effective Microorganisms?

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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Fungi – the Sustainable Alternative to Plastic & Wood

Fungi – the Sustainable Alternative to Plastic & Wood

Contrary to common belief, fungi are extremely complex, versatile organisms. As a matter of fact, mycelium develops faster than any other living tissue and can potentially outlive most species on the planet. Mushrooms have long been known for their nutritional and medicinal value but, just like mycelium stays hidden underground, its true potential also remains unseen. We have only begun to tap into them. Yet, although the technology is still […]

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