Trellises For Your Summer Food Crops

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If you are thinking of planting tomatoes, cucumbers, winter squash, peas, beans or any vining plant, it’s worth considering growing them vertically to save space in your annual garden area. Permaculture principles urge us to create no waste and to find multiple functions for whatever we do. Instead of rushing to your garden center to… Read more »

Geospatial Analysis and Living Urban Geometry

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By Pietro Pagliardini (1), Sergio Porta (2) & Nikos A. Salingaros (3). Chapter 17 in: Bin Jiang and Xiaobai Angela Yao, Editors, Geospatial Analysis and Modeling of Urban Structure and Dynamics, Springer, New York, 2010, pages 331-353. (1) Pagliardini Rupi Andreoni & Gazzabin, Studio d’Architettura, Via Eritrea 9, 52100 Arezzo, ITALY. (2) Urban Design Studies… Read more »

Let’s Explore Ridley Grove Community Garden! (Adelaide, South Australia)

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What do you do with an old church car park? Turn it into a community garden, of course! And that’s how the Ridley Grove Community Garden — a child, pet and disabled person friendly garden in the Adelaide suburb of Woodville Gardens — came into being. The first thing they did was to bring in… Read more »

A Recipe for a Hugelkultur Raised Bed

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I’ve been wanting to do a hugelkultur bed ever since I saw an article about a village store garden where people could walk around these really tall raised beds picking their veggies without bending. Hugelkultur is a Central European-style raised bed which uses rotting wood as its foundation. Toby Hemenway mentions it in Gaia’s Garden,… Read more »

Constructed Wetlands Treat Waste Water with Weeds

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Overview Effluent processing all over the world requires large amounts of energy and/or chemicals to treat the waste water, or the waste water is improperly filtered before being returned to the environment. There are a number of solutions to lessen the waste water load while at the same time producing a net benefit. Systems that… Read more »

Establishing a Permaculture Project in Southern Portugal

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Having been a self-sufficient farmer in the Northern Isles of Scotland and having worked for ecological charities that have helped to build permaculture gardens in arid lands around the world, I have now been living in Southern Portugal for the past fifteen years. Here we have witnessed the weather become more and more erratic and… Read more »

Suburban Permaculture with Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg

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Richard Heinberg not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk, as we get to see in the video at bottom. Peak Moment host, Janaia Donaldson, visits Heinberg and his partner Janet Barocco in their own venture in sustainable living in suburban Santa Rosa, California. When they bought the place in 2001 it was… Read more »

Visiting an Urban Permaculture Installation, Five Months On (Video)

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by Dan Palmer, Very Edible Gardens Two days ago Dan and Will returned to a large VEG permaculture design and implementation project that was completed about five months ago. Via the videos below, take a virtual walk about the front and back yards — warts, ducks, giant silver beet, gorgeous connected multidimensional abundance and all!… Read more »

A Permaculture Farm in Wales – Zoning 101 (Videos)

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If you are new to permaculture, these three videos provide a delightful living introduction to the topic. As Angie takes you through the different zones on her farm in Wales, UK, you can try to spot how many concepts are integrated into her enthusiastic, holistic descriptions of how permaculture works. Permaculture is not Organic Farming… Read more »

An Innovative Approach to Water Storage at a Sustainable Tanzanian Home

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Just outside of Arusha, Tanzania, is ‘Kesho Leo’– a sustainable home for vulnerable women and children operated by FoodWaterShelter. The principles of permaculture underpin the daily lives of the Kesho Leo residents. It is currently the home of seven families, each headed by a Tanzanian mama who cares for up to five children, including orphans…. Read more »