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Bill Mollison Permaculture Lecture Series On-Line

Bill Mollison Permaculture Lecture Series On-Line
Straw Bale Construction Straw bale construction is gaining worldwide recognition as a viable, high-performance, earth- and people-friendly building technique which utilizes a natural by-product of food production. The Straw Bale Solution is 30-minute video introduction to straw bale building. It offers viewers an excellent look at $1.50 a square foot straw-bale homes in Mexico and the custom high-end straw-bale mansions of Santa Fe... The Straw Bale Solution (#C 01) Building with bales can produce ecological, empowering and affordable housing, and NetWorks' award-winning video provides an entertaining overview of how and why. The Last Straw The Last Straw, the quarterly journal of straw-bale and natural building, began in 1992 with Judy Knox and Matts Myhrman of Out On Bale (un)Ltd at the publishing helm. In 2003, TLS was transfered to, and is now published by the Green Prairie Foundation for Sustainability in Lincoln, Nebraska. Networks still sells back issues (#1-39) of TLS Related:  PermaculturePermaculture

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. Humans are a problem-solving species. Thomas Kuhn, in his masterwork, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, uses the word “paradigm” to mean the viewpoint that defines the problems to be solved in a particular field. “Paradigm” has been trivialized through overuse and I’m sure that Kuhn is spinning in his grave. Permaculture and other ecological approaches are attempts to articulate this new paradigm, by framing the problem and offering tools and strategies to pursue its solution. So, why, then, is permaculture so confusing to define? In the 18th Century, combustion was explained by something called phlogiston. In the 1770s, cracks began to appear in phlogiston theory.

Which Commercial Fertilizer is Best? - Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services Melbourne We purchased a range of “off-the-shelf” fertilizers from Bunnings and tested their performance. We think our Hungry Bin Worm Farm is great. It’s easy to use, the worms love it, and it produces plenty of worm wee. This summer we conducted an experiment to test the performance of a range of potting mixes. We compared nine different fertilizing regimes. Each treatment was used to try and improve the plants growing in two different types of potting mix. We mixed the powdered and pelletised fertilizers through the potting mix prior to potting up. For both the potting mix and fertilizer experiments, we used capsicum seedlings. The potted-up seedlings were then placed in our greenhouse. We assessed each of the plants and recorded the colour of the leaves as well as the number of plants in each group that had set fruit. Results of different fertilizers used to treat seedlings growing in the Fulton’s Bulk Potting Mix We also took photos of the plants. The best plant from each of the 5 replicates.

Permaculture with a Mycological Twist Permaculture is a concept pioneered by Australian Bill Mollison and literally means "permanent agriculture". His model of biological diversity and complementary agricultural practices promotes a sustainable environment via the interplay of natural ecosystems. Permaculture has gained a huge international following with the publication of his book Permaculture: A Practical Guide for a Sustainable Future. Permaculture has become the mainstay philosophy of the organic movement. Mollison's vision, which borrows from Masanobu Fukuoka's "One Straw Revolution", intelligently combines the factors of site location, recycling of by-products from farming and forest activities, species diversity and biological succession. When gourmet and medicinal mushrooms are involved as key organisms in the recycling agricultural and forest by-products, the bio dynamics of permaculture soar to extraordinary levels of productivity. 1. 2. King Stropharia is an excellent edible mushroom when young. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Terra preta Terra preta (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtɛʁɐ ˈpɾetɐ], locally [ˈtɛhɐ ˈpɾetɐ], literally "black earth" or "black land" in Portuguese) is a type of very dark, fertile anthropogenic soil found in the Amazon Basin. Terra preta owes its name to its very high charcoal content, and was made by adding a mixture of charcoal, bone, and manure to the otherwise relatively infertile Amazonian soil. It is very stable and remains in the soil for thousands of years.[1] It is also known as "Amazonian dark earth" or "Indian black earth". Terra preta soils are of pre-Columbian nature and were created by humans between 450 BC and AD 950.[5][6] The soil's depth can reach 2 meters (6.6 ft). History[edit] Early theories[edit] The origins of the Amazonian dark earths were not immediately clear. Anthropogenic roots[edit] This type of soil appeared between 450 BC and AD 950 at sites throughout the Amazon Basin.[6] Pre-Columbian Amazonia[edit] Location[edit] Pedology[edit] Wood charcoal[edit] Biochar[edit]

Introduction to Agroecology: Green Gold- "The Source of Wealth is [are] the Functional Ecosystems" "Kariegasfontein Ranch, Aberdeen, South Africa: Land on the left managed under Holistic Planned Grazing (HPG) in 200 mm [7.87 inches] rainfall, showing a contrast with advancing desertification," Photo Credit: Norman Kroon. Source. I fixed the horizon line from original image. My last diary in this series shared Allan Savory's TED talk on his system of Holistic Management. Recognizing the audacity of such a statement, I provided the following for context: Allan Savory is NOT proclaiming that Holistic Management is the only solution for climate change. In light of the acknowledgement that Holistic Management (HM in this diary) is not appropriate everywhere all the time, nor is it the only solution for climate change, I wish to present John D. Originally aired on Dutch TV by VPRO, Green Gold was made in conjunction with Liu's Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP).2 Green Gold is an extended version of "Hope in a Changing Climate," coproduced by EEMP and The Open University.3 2." 5.

Permaculture Plants Permaculture Plants In Permaculture there is a big push towards perennial plant systems and for good reason. The idea of creating self-sustaining living systems that generate an excess that we can harvest and use sounds great to me! Our perennial plant guilds can produce more than just food, they can produce timber to burn or build, fodder for animals, mulch for the garden and medicine. I’m a huge fan of perennial plants. There are dozens of perennial plants that can substitute for their more popular annual vegetables and fruits but it may take a bit of an adjustment with your taste buds. Below are a few articles on some favourite plants.

Confronting the Context: Permaculture and Capitalism | Liberation Ecology I’ve written before about the challenges faced by permaculture enterprises. Farms, like other land-based permaculture projects, are faced with the formidable task of regenerating ecosystems and communities, while surviving in a system that rewards the destruction of the same systems. Permaculture projects have to compete with degenerative enterprises and institutions that are happy to take the efficiency ‘bonus’ from unsustainable and exploitative practices. The consequence is that it’s hard for permaculture enterprises to keep costs as low, and therefore people with less of an economic buffer, who have to minimize costs as much as possible, find it hard to support regenerative enterprises as consumers. That’s most of the world, in case you were wondering. So the regenerative enterprises that we would like to create have a difficult time offering products and services that most people can afford, and most people can’t afford to support the regenerative economy. Rafter Emily ©Erik Schmitz

How to edge flowerbeds like a pro! via Funky Junk InteriorsFunky Junk Interiors Once upon a time, my gardener brother showed me how to edge flowerbeds like a pro. And I’ve been doing it ever since. Every so often I get asked how I do it and maintain those edges. So I’m sharing my (brother’s) secrets today. Does this look familiar? And just like my pallet walkway post, you’ll do it if you blog about it, yes? Not pretty. (my bad for taking photos in the bright sunlight; overcast days are better, I just didn’t want to wait) How to cut pro edges for your flower beds 1. Just like cutting cake. 2. I like to beat off as much soil as possible, then flip them upside down in the compost pile. Here’s the big deep dark secret. A trench creates a place for water to drain and soil to fall. 3. Yes, you can do it with a weed wacker upside down but you will NOT get this quality of an edge. And then stand back and GASP at your awesomeness. Ok, and water the soil too before you take pictures so it looks rich and full of nutrients. Aren’t those flowerbed edges pretty? How to maintain

Permaculture Plants: Oak The majestic Oak. Common Name: OakScientific Name: Quercus speciesFamily: Fagaceae (the Beech family) Ariundle Oakwood, Scotland. One of the last surviving old-growth oak forests in the Scottish Highlands. Angel Oak Tree, outside of Charleston, South Carolina, is over 1,500 years old. Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) Description: The Oaks are a large family of shrubs and trees, about 600 species, which produce acorns. English or Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur) Watercolor by Ruth de Monchaux History: Native to the northern hemisphere, oaks are found from tropical to cold climates. Trivia: Oak trees can be deciduous or evergreen (a.k.a. Acorns can feed wildlife, domesticated life, and human life alike. Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Oak leaf and acorn variety. 5 oak leaves and 6 acorns found by Coniston Water by Eileen Postlethwaite USING THIS PLANTPrimary Uses: Nut - the "acorn" is typically dried and ground as "meal" or "flour".