Plant Deficiency Guide

Localfoodconnect.org.au writes…

“Identifying plant deficiencies

A useful graphic and article from the Grow Real Food website.

Another useful table and short article (pdf) on the same subject.”

permacultureapprentice.com writes…

“You’ve finally got your hands on the piece of land of your dreams and now you’re looking forward to making the best possible use of it. You want to use a permaculture design but there is a problem, no one has explained to you how the design process actually works and maybe you just don’t have the $1000 to afford a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Permaculture design is a mysterious concept that everyone’s talking about but it’s hard to convey the underlying process without taking a PDC. One could well say permaculture design is elusive and enigmatic form of alchemy.

Recently I finished Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC, yet was caught off-guard when it came to the actual design. When I searched the web for a tutorial about the process of the design I found it very hard to visualise it clearly: there were books out there and encyclopaedias such as Designers’ Manual but what I needed was a straightforward guide with simple steps.

What I discovered is, when we take apart an idealised permaculture design, we can see 5 fundamental, interrelated actions:

  • People Analysis and Assessment
  • Site Analysis and Assessment
  • Design Concept Development
  • Detailed Design
  • Implementation & Evaluation

In this article I will provide a step-by-step guide to the phases that lead to the final design and design itself, as well as touch on the implementation phase. Although there might be other people involved in the project, today I will focus only on you…”

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sendacow.org.uk writes…

Bag Gardens are a type of African garden that Send a Cow teaches families how to make in Africa. They are also a great way to get your pupils involved in a growing project, learning about healthy eating and life in an African country. These mini-gardens make the most of soil, compost and waste water, are easy to weed and can be grown in schools.


theverge.com writes…



Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a “treasure map” of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels.

Sunroof uses data from Google Maps that previously had no practical application. For instance, Sunroof uses Maps’ 3D-modeling to calculate the amount of space a building’s roof has for solar panels. The service also analyzes the positioning of the sun over the course of a year, as well as the type of cloud cover and temperature the neighborhood usually experiences. It even considers the amount of shade cast by nearby objects.

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http://www.permaculture.co.uk/ writes…

“A range of iPhone Apps to help you design, manage and learn more about gardening.


It’s no secret that technology changes the way we live each day. Good news is it simplifies our lives so much, one could say we hold the world in our pockets.

I am a keen gardener and have been testing out a range off apps that help in the garden. It doesn’t matter whether you are curious or looking for garden solutions, the following are guaranteed life-savers.”

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Straw Bale Village - Open Source Portal Straw Bale Village – Open Source Portal

“One Community is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization that designs and open source free-shares comprehensive solutions for all aspects of what we feel is a more fulfilled way of living. We make all decisions using a for The Highest Good of All philosophy for global transformation that we expand through win-win collaborative relationships. consciously creating a better world as our children’s children’s planet. We are doing this to evolve sustainability and design self-propagating models for self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and eventually cities. These communities, villages, and cities will not only be model solutions, but solution-creating models that provide even more research, blueprints, and necessary support for successively easier and more affordable and creative duplication everywhere.”

Source: onecommunityglobal.org

permaculture.co.uk writes…

“Masanobu Fukuoka (1913- 2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher who had a huge influence on the permaculture movement worldwide. He developed the theory and practice of ‘A Natural Way of Farming’ that involved minimum intervention from the farmer, and no-till, no-herbicide grain cultivationmethods traditional to many indigenous cultures. He wrote the ever popular seminal book The One Straw Revolution in 1975. It is  a manifesto about farming, food, and a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. You can download it for free at that link.

From 1979 he travelled the world widely, spreading his philosophy and techniques, and began to apply them to re-greening desert area all over the world. He also re-invented and advanced the use of clay seed balls. His work took him beyond framing and he became an early pioneer of whole foods and a more natural lifestyle. This is a short documentary that introduces Fukuoka and his radical, pioneering ideas that permaculturists are still experimenting with worldwide.

The Rodale Press is part of the Rodale Institute. For more than sixty years, have been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.”


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