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Watersafe Well Water Test. Sheet mulching technique: Convert lawn to garden. The best way to convert a lawn into a garden does not employ a shovel or a sod cutter and will save wear and tear on back muscles.

Sheet mulching technique: Convert lawn to garden

Sheet mulching—a simple technique that involves layering cardboard, compost, and other organic material right over the turf—kills the grass and leaves behind beds with rich soil. A considerable amount of organic debris goes into the bed construction, so stockpile plenty of autumn leaves, composted manure, and garden waste before beginning. Beds that are sheet-mulched this fall will be ready to plant next spring.

Sheet Mulching: Step 1 Use spray paint or powdered lime to mark the perimeter of the new bed. Scalp the grass within the outline with a lawn mower. Reading List. This is a list of books that we recommend to students who complete our Permaculture courses. Wherever possible we provide a link directly to the author/publishers website and we suggest that if possible you purchase the book from them directly. This ensures that the author of the book receives the maximum income and that the distance the book is shipped is minimised. Where possible we also provide a link to the book on, this provides extra information about the book, including professional reviews, reader feedback and occasionally the possibility to take a look inside the book.

Milkwood Permaculture receives a small commission if you purchase the book from after following a link from our site. How to Crowdfund Your Permaculture Project. A friend recently returned to the UK from Portugal.

How to Crowdfund Your Permaculture Project

After two years searching, she had finally found her dream plot, but to bring her permaculture project to life, she was forced to work until she could afford to fund it. It's not an uncommon tale, but what other options are there? It's not a popular word at the moment, so I'm going to say it quickly... banks. Good ones like The Co-operative and Triodos remain one source of ethical investment, but as we know, now is not the easiest time to secure a loan. When I failed to secure a grant for my own project, I turned to an alternative finance model which has permaculture principles at its core: crowdfunding. What is Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding does what it says on the tin: it employs the power of the crowd to help meet a funding target – rather than asking for the full investment from one party.

How to Extend Your Growing Season. Your vegetable garden is most likely at its peak of production right about now, with basketloads of summer favorites ripening every day.

How to Extend Your Growing Season

In just a few short weeks, though, the season for tomatoes, cucumbers, and other warm-weather crops ends. Good news: You don't have to wait until next spring to harvest more fresh vegetables from your garden. This week, you can plant a variety of crops that thrive in the cool temperatures of fall and some that even tolerate winter temperatures in the North. There are many benefits to enjoy when you extend your growing season past summer. Most of the common, warm-weather pests and diseases either slow down or disappear completely when the weather turns cooler, making growing organically even easier. How Cold? "Since learning to grow two months longer than usual for this area, I've stopped canning and freezing so many vegetables. Free Documentary Films Archive - Permaculture Media Blog. Permaculture Design for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programming – Free eBook // May 1st, 2012 // Uncategorized A promising development approach for addressing food and nutrition insecurity for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is permaculture.

Free Documentary Films Archive - Permaculture Media Blog

In the context of OVC programming, permaculture helps guide communities toward permanent solutions for food and nutrition security, while ensuring that these options exist harmoniously within their environment. The purpose of this technical brief is to provide an overview of permaculture programming as a sustainable, non-donor-dependent tool for improving the health, food, and nutrition security and livelihoods of OVC and their families. Download the Permaculture Design for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programming Technical Brief (PDF, 581 KB) Introduction Among children under five years of age in the developing world, nearly one-quarter are underweight (127 million) and one-third are stunted (195 million). Specifically, this brief aims to: Changemakers: The Revolution Solution. Best of Permaculture online July 2012.