Find below some photos by Goska of her (and Martin’s) balcony garden in Poland, demonstrating ‘stacking’ and other permaculture principles. They are enjoying very much the fruits of their labours, including herbs (oregano, purple and green basil varieties, thyme, estragon (tarragon), dill, sage, coriander, mint, catnip, lemon balm, lavender, parsley, garlic spring onion, savory, lovage and more), tomatoes, hot peppers, two sunflowers (thanks to the bird feed they left down in winter), wild strawberries, rukola, lettuce, rocket, anis, savory, New Zealand spinach… more to be added.
By Maddy Harland | Wednesday, 13th March 2013 | Reprinted with permission | Original found here
Using biological resources instead of fossil fuels is common sense in a world that is warming, but there is more potential here than first meets the eye. Maddy Harland explains.
Beans instead of blinds shade the passive solar extension at the Harland’s house
Wherever possible permaculture advocates the use of biological resources. The most obvious example is on the farm and in the garden. Instead of buying a bag of chemically produced fertiliser, we can grow nitrogen fixing plants on site, such as Siberian pea tree, gorse or broom. These feed the food plants around them, both from their roots and from being cut and used as mulch around the stems and trunks of the food plants.
We can also grow our green manures like red clover, phacelia and mustard and then turn them back into the soil. We sow red clover once our garlic crop has got away. It acts as a cover crop and reduces weed between the garlic. It also fixed nitrogen and fertlises the garlic. It is a good arrangement!
Other examples are: using chickens in tractors to weed and manure areas; using compost teas on the farm (see ‘Fossil fuel fertilizers v. compost teas on the farm’; using pigs to plough the soil and manure it to prepare it for crops; using ducks to control slugs and snails; using geese for weeding; using pigs to turn the spoilt straw that has had cattle on it in the winter in a barn to help speed up the composting process (see ‘How pigs can compost manure farm on a scale – saving you fuel and money’); using horses to extract timber in steeply slopped woodlands; companion planting for pest control; using plants to shade buildings instead of air conditioning; planting living fences instead of wire; even weaving beautiful and resilient living bridges instead of using wood and rope in India (see this inspiring film)… the examples are endless!
People are biological resources
People are also biological resources. With increasing reliance on technology in industrialised cultures, we have more and more unused or underused people, particularly the young and the elderly. These people can feel like they are a drain on an industrialised culture. The young are often regarded with fear when they gather in groups but with high unemployment in the under 25s and little to do, what other alternatives are there?
We are happy to announce our 5th straight year of hosting a fully-accredited (by UK Permaculture Association) Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Cloughjordan’s Ecovillage. Join us from 9 – 18 August 2013 for this changing-the-game event of a lifetime. The main course tutor will be Albert Bates! All details are on Cultivate’s main website.
Have you seen Goska and Gudrun’s brilliant photos of the 2012 PDC? Check them out on our Images Page. The slideshow at top right of this site shows some previews of the images in our gallery.
We are excited to announce details about our 4th Permaculture Design Certificate Course at Cloughjordan’s Ecovillage from 17 – 26 August 2012. See here for the latest.
200 photos by Goska Smierzchalska in our image gallery here.
By Cath Harris
Reprinted from guardian.co.uk,
Building houses from straw is proving an attractive proposition to some councils and residents, thanks to their energy efficiency
Sharon Watkins wasn’t the first to be offered one of two new council houses in an isolated village in Lincolnshire. “Other people refused and I could have said no because I don’t drive and it’s in the middle of nowhere,” she recalls.
Join us at Ireland’s EcoVillage, 19th – 28th August 2011, for a fully accredited, immersive, cutting edge ‘ PDC ‘ (Permaculture Design Certificate Course). All detail on www.cultivate.ie.
A new island-wide Permaculture Gathering will take place in at a beautiful site at the base of the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Co. Wicklow from the 12-14th August 2011. Our goal is to organize a weekend camp of anywhere from 80-200 people in a private location to support the growing number of Permaculturists in Ireland by… Read more
Found here on the Cloughjordan-Permaculture page on Facebook. (Still alive as of Sept 2013!)
Biochar article from Climate Progress – a respectable US Climate Science site – about different biochar experiments around the world. It estimates potential for carbon capture at around 12%, but focuses on potential for soil enhancement and also notes different qualities depending on materials used.
- The Karma of Kerma: Nuclear Wastes and Natural Rights
- Redesigning the World: Ethical Questions about Genetic Engineering
- The Gospel of Chief Seattle: Written For Television?
- The W. Edwards Deming System of Profound Knowledge
- Technological Innovation in a Rural Intentional Community, 1971-1987
- The Climate Crisis: Thinking Globally
- A Pattern Language – Book Review for The Permaculture Activist
- The Oneida Mansion House: When Architectural Design Fosters Community Goals
- Making Trees Pay
- The Curse of the Were-Rabbit as a Post-Apocalyptic Utopia
- John Michael Greer: Closing the Circle
- Has Evolution Trained Our Brains to Gorge on Food and Sex?
- The Exponential Function
A nation foundering in a crippled vessel in the horse latitudes of collective purpose on a sea of red ink looks to its captain – who puffs a few platitudes into the tattered sails and retreats belowdecks to pace and stew. This is a society truly lost at sea, where even the friendly dolphins are turning belly-up and the dying seabirds stare accusingly under their cloaks of crude oil. -James Howard Kunstler
GENERAL PERMACULTURE and DESIGN
Permaculture-A Designers’ Manual, Mollison et al. The Original Designers’ manual, huge in scope, emphases on tropics and drylands.
Introduction to Permaculture, Mollison, Reny Mia Slay. Good summary, accessible form of the Manual.
The Earth Care Manual, Patrick Whitefield. First Designers’ manual written for temperate zones Permaculture Activist- US Quarterly Journal. www.permacultureactivist.net.