fruit tree guilds - San Diego Permaculture (San Diego, CA Hi Marianne, When planning fruit tree guilds the main points to consider in choosing guild plants include: Choosing plants that attract pollinators, discourage pests, boost soil tilth and fertility, reduce root competition, conserve water, balance fungal populations to counter disease and grow well in your climate. The trees you mentioned can all be included in guilds and the guava and grape vines can also be included in hedges and the vine layer of an edible food forest. The central element of a Fruit Tree Guild is the Fruit Tree! Next, consider the grass suppressing bulbs. Insect and bird attracting plants are the next choices to be considered. Mulch plants are the next choice to make. Nutrient accumulators are plants with deep tap roots that dredge up important nutrients such as, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and others. The last, but very important plants to consider for your fruit tree guild are the nitrogen fixers. Well, that’s a long answer to your question Marianne! Good luck!
Cultivate's Permaculture Blog | Cultivating sustainable lifestyles and resilient communities Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky Mediterranean and Mild Subtropical Mediterranean and Mild Subtropical: Southern and Coastal California Southern and central California has a mild climate well suited to perennial vegetables. This region corresponds with USDA Zones 8–10 and Sunset Zones 7–9, 14, 15, 16, and 18–25. Perennial in all of the Mediterranean and Mild Subtropical zone: Allium ampeloprasum perennial sweet leek Allium cepa aggregatum shallot Allium cepa aggregatum potato onion Allium cepa proliferum walking onion Allium fistulosum Welsh onion Allium tuberosum garlic chives Arundinaria gigantea canebrake bamboo Asparagus officinalis asparagus Asphodeline lutea yellow asphodel Atriplex halimus saltbush Bambusa spp. clumping bamboos Beta vulgaris maritima sea beet Brassica oleracea wild cabbage Brassica oleracea acephala ‘Tree Collards’, ‘Walking Stick Kale’ Brassica oleracea acephala tropical tree kale Brassica oleracea acephala ‘Western Front’ perennial kale Brassica oleracea alboglabra gai lon Brassica oleracea botrytis perennial broccoli, including ‘9 Star’
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. 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. Keyhole garden in Lesotho by Send a Cow, who first popularized keyhole gardens in Africa. Keyhole garden. Keyhole garden by Send a Cow. A keyhole garden in Ethiopia. Keyhole garden in Uganda by Send a Cow. Keyhole garden scheme. When it rains or when you water your compost, the nutrients will seep into the surrounding bed. Step by step photos of a keyhole garden build. libertygarden.us How to:
The Holographic Universe: Is Reality As We Know It Just One Big Hologram? I have had this thought many times on my search for truth.. What if our reality is actually a hologram? Quantum physics shows us that an atom is made up of mostly empty space.. How could something that is made up of empty space possibly create the reality we see around us? The theory that reality, as we consciously experience it, is not real, goes back to ancient indigenous people who believed we exist in a dream or illusion. In our current timeline, we refer to the matrix, grids, virtual reality, simulation and hologram. The universe is a consciousness hologram. In media we find films, television shows, books, and games, based on the concept of reality as a hologram. The Following article is by Paul Lenda, Guest, Waking Times We grow up thinking and believing that the world and reality in which we exist in is something tangible and physical and is just as is perceived. The evidence for a holographic reality is becoming quite plentiful; too much to be disregarded. About the Author
Permaculture Articles This section of the online library contains an expanding offering of permaculture articles on concepts, techniques, practices and related skills. The word “permaculture” was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and describes a system of design that integrates all aspects of sustainable living, including polycultural systems of perennial and self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to humankind. Permaculture is understood as an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecological systems. It is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature. It is a design science that is rooted in the observation of nature, and is a positive, solution-based way of thinking, using a practical set of ecological design principles and methods. The principles of permaculture provide a framework that enables people to provide for food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs.
Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America (Phase2) by Matika Wilbur Last December, I sold everything in my Seattle apartment, packed a few essentials into my war pony, and hit the open road. Since then, I’ve been embarking on an epic adventure: Project 562. For the past year I have been fulfilling the project’s goal of photographing citizens of each federally recognized tribe in the United States (there are now 566). Most of the time, I’ve been invited to geographically remote reservations to take portraits and hear stories from a myriad of tribes, while at other times I've photographed members of the 70 percent of Native Americans living in urban settings. My hope, is that when the project is complete, it will serve to educate the nation and shift the collective consciousness toward recognizing our own indigenous communities. Imagine walking through an exhibit and realizing the complex variety of contemporary Native America. Project 562 is making all this happen. We are delighted to offer wonderful "reward" items for this year's Kickstarter. Play
Forest Farming vs. Forest Gardening: What’s the Difference? | Farming the Woods 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. 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. Dave Jacke and others advocate that in Forest Gardening we want to mimic mid-succession forests and woodlands with a 40 – 50% canopy cover. As Dave Jacke says, this is This is gardening/farming IN the forest. Further Distinctions
Project 562 - Project 562- A Photo Project by Matika Wilbur documenting Native America On January 18th 2014, Project 562 joined Quechan leaders and elders in prayerful opposition to the Ocotillo Wind Express Facility, responsible for the desecration of Ocotillo's Sacred Desert. We made a video about it, have a look: Vernon Smith, Quechan Tribal Member Ila May Dunsweiler, Quechan Language Instructor Preston Arroweed, Quechan/Kumni Tribal Member MATIKA will be a TED TALKER in New York CityI will be offering an TEDx talk in NYC dedicated to the topic, "Agents of Change" on Friday, March 28, 2014 sometime between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT), New York, NY. (I'll let you know when I know a time.) To learn more, please visit: Project 562 is currently accepting donations on Kickstarter until February 20 at 10PM (PST) here: you so much for all of your support!
101 Permaculture Designs, Downloadable Imgur Album Wall of Films! | Films For Action Just imagine what could become possible if an entire city had seen just one of the documentaries above. Just imagine what would be possible if everyone in the country was aware of how unhealthy the mainstream media was for our future and started turning to independent sources in droves. Creating a better world really does start with an informed citizenry, and there's lots of subject matter to cover. From all the documentaries above, it's evident that our society needs a new story to belong to. The old story of empire and dominion over the earth has to be looked at in the full light of day - all of our ambient cultural stories and values that we take for granted and which remain invisible must become visible. But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing. So take this library of films and use it.