Archive for December, 2011

permaculture strategy writes…

“…If stress or physical limitation has changed your quality of life, before you decide to go to a ‘specialist’ and expend resources (produce no waste) to get specific advice think about your own power (use and value renewable resources & services) to educate yourself somatically (use small and slow solutions) and take a holistic approach  (integrate rather than segregrate).

By slowing down (creatively use and respond to change) and taking notice (observe and interact) how your body functions, you gain feedback (apply self regulation and accept feedback) upon which your nervous system can build enhanced self-awareness and improved functioning (design from patterns to details).

This approach seems to align well with the sort of cognitive approach that I would argue each of us functioning within community needs to adopt in order to develop richness, responsibility and resilience…”

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Permaculture in Winter

motherearthnews.com writes…

“…So what can you do in the winter?

*Observing – Observe and Interact is one of the key permaculture principles (there are 12 total).  This principle posits that the best thoughts and designs come from just simply observing nature and even your own systems to see how they are working and what can be improved.  So why do this in the winter?  Well for one, many things become quite obvious.

For one thing, a good deal of the vegetation will be gone, allowing mostly unobstructed views of your property.  You can clearly see how contours run and judge spacing more accurately.

For another you see the actual patterns that occur in winter.  If you aren’t actually out there during the harsh times you might not realize how harsh they can be on your plants or livestock.  Its important to get an idea of the big pictures.

Lots of things change in winter – wind patterns, precipitation types, sun angles.  You need to know these things.

*Clearing – The absolute best time to cut trees is in the winter.  If you are going to leave them lay and you want them to rot quickly you need to do it before this in early fall.  But in winter sap is dormant which means less chance of disease in trees and less stress on root systems for coppicing or pruning. Plus there are fewer worries about poison ivy or venomous snakes – both are prevalent in my area!

*Learning – Curl up with a seed catalog or good book (hear which book I recommend wholeheartedly).  A garden plan never survives contact with the actual garden.  So this is the ultimate time to plan and replan and then plan some more. You probably aren’t planting much so this will both quench your thirst for garden activities and it will make the resulting garden a better one.

*Building – All the equity and none of the sweat equity.  I love to build in the winter.  No insects landing on me and stinging or biting and I can concentrate.  When there’s too much green I get distracted.  There’s little else to do so why not utilize the time to build structures so you can avoid the heat in summer?…”

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permaculture.co.uk writes…

“Sepp Holzer and Bernd Müller  explain how a water retention landscape is constructed and the dramatic effects a landscape of this kind can have in a short time, even in an area that is being desertified using the Tamera ecovillage as an example. Sepp Holzer’s incredible work offers a local and natural solution to the global problem of water shortages, landscape erosion and polution…”

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Chicken tunnels

Eco films Australia writes…

Chicken tunnel

“Although allowing your chickens to free-range a great idea, getting them to just stay on the grass and not destroy your garden is not an easy thing to do. They don’t seem to listen and wander about blissfully digging up your garden, making mounds in your vegetable patch, spraying dirt all over the place as they go hunting for bugs, worms and insects…”

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Healthier chook management

Chicken House

Dennis Argall writes…

“I previously had a large run for chooks (chook is the Australian generic for chicken/hen/rooster) which became unmanageable, the chooks constantly escaping and eating every seedling in the backyard. A conventional feeder meant I was also raising about 40 sparrows and four pigeons. Open water meant dirty water, worms and sick and dead chooks.

A fox came and cleaned up that flock. I replaced the chickens in that large run with asparagus, strawberries, leeks, artichokes, zucchini, yakon, youngberry, herbs, etc.

I resolved to start again but with closer management: small house for three hens, small mesh/net run to be moved around garden for day forage, vermin and weather proof feeder, my own construction, and nipple drinkers, to provide only fresh water…”

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Sam Dunlap writes…

“…What’s inspiring me today is the dimension of permaculture that focuses on relationships and connection. It’s not hard to see that there are a lot of hurting, suffering people in our world. And we all hear daily about the fragile environmental situation that we find ourselves in. Might there be a connection here?…”

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Permaculture Media Blog writes…

“If you’ve ever considered getting intoPermaculture, or if you’re a veteran Permaculturist who’s looking for a new skill to master, the following resources are the absolute best places for you to get started. Each of these books has the potential to introduce you to a whole new skill that you can enjoy for literally the rest of your life!

You will find here links to over 60 Free eBook previews and full eBooks!

Feel free to post down at the bottom if there are other books you would include on this list…”

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