Conserving Water In Your Garden: 12 Tips. Picture Courtesy Serghei Starus - Dreamstime.com Water conservation is important as water is a limited resource.
With a growing population and the indifference at large for keeping our water systems clean and healthy, water will soon become a scarce commodity. Therefore, as gardeners we should try to conserve water as much as we can, in order to do our bit for the planet. Saving water is also good practice if you live in an area that is often plagued by drought or a low-rainfall. USE MULCH - Mulching is probably your most important way of saving water in your garden. There are various mulches that can be used from bark, sugar cane leaves, lucerne, leaves, pea straw, compost etc.
Whatever you choose to use in the end it should retain moisture, retard weed growth, be free of weed seed, create an attractive neutral surface, improve the soil as it decays, and be inexpensive to acquire and maintain. PREPARE THE GROUND - Ground preparation is essential for conserving water.
Keyhole Gardens. Keyhole Gardens First made popular in Africa, keyhole gardens are catching on in Texas and other hot, dry places.
Keyhole gardens hold moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. Although most helpful in hot and dry locations a keyhole garden will improve growing conditions in just about any climate. From a bird's eye view the garden is shaped as a keyhole. A notch is cut into a round garden bed, the notch makes for easy access to the center compost well. Keyhole Garden in Central Texas, Deb Tolman uses keyhole gardens as the main source of her own food supply, and is working on ways to keep them producing throughout multiple seasons and conditions.
What Permaculture Isn’t—And Is. Permaculture is notoriously hard to define.
A recent survey shows that people simultaneously believe it is a design approach, a philosophy, a movement, and a set of practices. This broad and contradiction-laden brush doesn’t just make permaculture hard to describe. It can be off-putting, too. Permaculture Principles Chart.
33 Tips: Lawn To Permaculture Food Forest: Booklet. Waking Times Does the idea of getting fresh, nutritious food right out in front of you kitchen door sound like a good idea in these turbulent times?
A growing movement to reclaim, restore, and re-localize our relationship to food is happening all around us, and you can participate by re-thinking what you do with the under-utilized space outside of your home. The manicured, grassed, perennially green American lawn is a symbol of a passing era when people had little understanding of how the developing industrialized food system could do them harm by overuse of pesticides, anti-biotics and herbicides, by depletion the soil, and by genetic modification of food crops. Rather than acquiescing to the health tyranny of modern food production, today’s forward-thinking citizens and rebels are re-developing the model for the American lawn, and bringing forth a new kind of revolution… an edible one.
This article is offered under Creative Commons license. Introduction To Permaculture Design. 101 Permaculture Designs, Downloadable Imgur Album. Beginners Permaculture Garden - Appropedia: The Sustainability Wiki. See the talk page for this article: "nice start, but doesn't look like Permaculture yet.
" A better permaculture introduction is needed for this topic. This How To has more questions than answers. Please help to fill in the missing information. Here is the basic scenario. One or two people do not know much about permaculture. Can we provide some easy to follow guidelines on how to proceed?  Location and Design Observe the desired location least once in the morning, noon and evening. For example: The front of the house faces south with a tree in the front yard, the backyard has a small patio at the back door and a shed is located NE corner of the yard.
 Raised Bed The plot will be a raised bed. Bill Mollison - Permaculture Design. Setting Up A Permaculture Food Forest. Garden Guides: Your Guide To Everything Gardening. Bullock's Permaculture Homestead. Start a Permaculture Nursery A How-To for Starting a Permaculture Nursery and Why You Should by Douglas Bullock My brothers and I grew up in a small California town with abundant open space, some large lots and horse pastures.
Down the road from our place lived a man we called Crazy John who had a modest house on a big lot packed with unusual trees he had collected from around the world - almost a jungle. John also had a small nursery where our parents would occasionally take us to buy trees for the yard. Sometimes John would give us kids a big sack of seeds to plant. Most people thought John was a bit "touched" because he often carried on about international conspiracy theories and the like. If you want to make a positive impact on the world as John did, I encourage you to start a home nursery. Save money and get the right plants In addition, you may not be able to get the best plants for your site through local or mail-order nurseries.
How do I start? Where to put it? Grafting 1. Silvics Manual: Guide To N. American Tree Species. Russell M.
Burns and Barbara H. Honkala Technical Coordinators Timber Management Research Agriculture Handbook 654 (Supersedes Agriculture Handbook 271, Silvics of Forest Trees of the United States, 1965) Forest Service United States Department of Agriculture. Vietnamese 300 Year Old Food Forest with Geoff Lawton, PRI Managing Director. 2,000 Year Old Food Forest in Morocco. Forest Farming vs. Forest Gardening: What’s the Difference? Steve Gabriel In our pursuit of discovering forest farmers for the writing of our book, we’ve received a lot of responses from folks around developing forest gardens.
This post describes the difference between the two practices. We are absolutely supportive and encouraging of forest gardens and see the two practices as companions. The topic of forest gardening has been well articulated in Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier’s 2005 book, Edible Forest Gardens Vol 1 & 2. (EFG) Definitions With many agricultural and horticultural practices out in the world, there are many lines that one can draw in the sand; some useful and some less so.
Forest Gardening: mimicking the structure and function of forests in the way we garden, or using the forest as a model for the way we garden. Permaculture Interactive Map & Database. Permies: A Big Crowd Of Permaculture Goofballs.
Permaculture Articles. This section of the online library contains an expanding offering of permaculture articles on concepts, techniques, practices and related skills.
Permaculture Association. Revolutionisnow1's channel. Cultivating sustainable lifestyles and resilient communities. Permaculture Magazine - Inspiration for Sustainable Living. Aquaponics.