More On Permaculture
What Is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a design science that uses nature and its processes
as a role model. It can be used to set up systems that go way beyond
The permaculture approach can be used to create sustainable business
models, build a house, agricultural systems or a sustainable backyard
garden that produces a yield without being ecologically harmful.
aim for a backyard permaculture garden should be to apply the
underlying principles of natural ecosystems. An ecosystem is based on
the complex beneficial relationships between fauna and flora.
Here is a simple example: flowers provide pollen and nectar for
suitable pollinators. Both, the plant and the insect benefit from this
relationship. The flower gets pollinated and can now produce viable seed
for the next generation. In return for this service, the insect got
pollen and nectar to feed itself and its offspring.
Another example would be the relationship between plants and beneficial fungi called mycorrhizae.
The fungus grows in or around the root and supplies the plant with
minerals and water. In return, the fungus receives sugars that the plant
produces through photosynthesis. A win-win situation!
that all this sounds a bit technical. To say it a bit more bluntly: a
water butt or a herb spiral on the middle of a lawn doesn't make a
permaculture garden just yet! Now...this doesn't mean that they can't be
a well functioning element is a backyard permaculture garden but it is a
lot more complicated but also more fascinating than that.
To design a well-functioning permaculture garden you first of all need to carefully observe the situation. All aspects like e.g. local climate, location, soil conditions and of course your own objectives have to be taken into consideration.
Permaculture is quite complex and if you have a serious interest in it, I would recommend you take a Permaculture Design course with an experienced practitioner. It is money and time well spent! I myself did an online PDC course with Geoff Lawton and I have to say it was a great experience. I can only recommend it!
If you don't require certification you can even find courses for free online. Just do a google search.
Turn Your Backyard Into A Productive Permaculture Garden
A garden based on permaculture principles has great benefits for you,
your family, friends and the environment. It is, by design, supplying
nutritious vegetables, fruits, herbs nuts and if wanted even meat or
eggs. All that can be achieved in backyard gardens even if they are not
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