There’s something to be said for the scattergun technique. — planting over 300 edible plants in your backyard to see exactly what sticks, what takes off and what dies in the process. This is the technique used by Permaculture authors Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates when they converted their tiny 1/10 acre suburban backyard into… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Plant Systems
This is the third of a series of articles looking at design considerations for our Cold Climate Permaculture site using the Keyline Scale of Permanence as a organizing framework, as well as an informative read for anyone interested.
Some people will tell you that there is no place in permaculture for annual crops. I’m known as something of a perennials enthusiast myself. But permaculture is in part a design system that can be applied to many areas of our lives, and this certainly includes annual crop production. In 2002 I was privileged to… Read more »
Geoff Lawton inside a protective wall of bamboo Bamboo. A lot of people love it. A lot of people hate it. Where are you on the bamboo bandwagon? Are you a lover or a fighter? Well, I remember my father making me cut out a line of running black bamboo with a blunt spade which… Read more »
The subject of ‘weeds’ has always seemed to me to incite far more controversy than it should. The best description of a weed is, “a plant out of place”. It seems to me that if you have a weed, then you have an available niche in your garden that an unwanted opportunistic plant has taken… Read more »
I think one reason monocrop agriculture has pervaded history is mental simplicity. It is a process that removes all possible variables. Beginning with eliminating all plant life, there are clearly defined steps. The whole procedure can be executed in less than a year, without a followup plan. The conventional crops can be applied more or… Read more »
by Jack Spirko This is a presentation I gave in November 2013 when we installed the swales for our 3/4th acre food forest during an earthworks workshop. The class was mostly hands on — during this class we installed over 500 feet of swales on contour. We did do some classroom time though. This presentation… Read more »
Geoff Lawton at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm “That view behind me is not a painted backdrop!” said Geoff Lawton to the camera. But the view looked great from where I was standing. Brooklyn Grange is a rooftop farm with a magnificent view looking over the Manhattan skyline. Sited on a concrete roof, totaling 2.5 acres… Read more »
Ben Falk’s Cold Climate Permaculture Farm in Vermont A lot of people wonder if they can apply Permaculture design to their farm if they live in a cold climate. When Geoff Lawton visited Ben Falk’s farm in Vermont earlier this year, he saw the fruit of good permaculture design when applied with skillful observation. The… Read more »
Trailer only — Watch the full video here! When Geoff Lawton told me that he had discovered a novel way to use goats to design his food forest, it seemed a most unlikely idea. In fact I was a little skeptical. Were the goats replacing the work of his interns? Did he manage to train… Read more »
Years ago, Permaculture founder, Bill Mollison made a TV series called Global Gardener. In a 10-minute segment of that series he visited a particular 60-acre intentional community called Village Homes, located at Davis, California. Mollison visited this estate many times. The reason he kept returning there was the way it was constructed. Passive Solar designed… Read more »
Outside the fence On August 6, 2010 Craig Mackintosh posted on my initial consultancy for the site I’m reporting on today. Three years and three months later, I can give an update on what has transpired since.