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Permaculture: Design your Paradise

Create a beautiful and productive organic garden with little money or effort

Published: 2007-04-14T12:00:00+08:00


Before You Spray Neem: Seven Things You Must Know


The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is an incredibly versatile plant with many uses. This is of course great news for permaculturists, a plant of many uses... In India the neem plant is known as "the village pharmacy"--over 75% of Ayurvedic...

The Lazy Housewife: Tomato Preserving


People who enjoy growing healthy food often enjoy preparing and preserving it, too. I don't. In fact I hate anything to do with cooking, resembling cooking or reminding me of cooking. That doesn't mean I don't cook. I live alone...

Save Seeds, Save Money, Save the World


Part I: Save Money I got back late last night from my second job, which requires me to leave town for two or three days on some weekends. So when I woke up this morning I went for a stroll...

But wait, there's more


People read this blog and they get back to me asking questions like: Will you talk about food for people with cancer? Will you tell me how to make my garden bug free? Has permaculture to do with aquatic plants?...

Turn Problems into Solutions


It’s one of Bill Mollison's most popular qotes: “You don’t have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency!” If you see yourself confronted with a perceived problem, why not try and look at the situation from a different angle....

The Beans and Peas Myth


How often have you read that nitrogen hungry vegetables like salad greens or the cabbage family should best be planted in a spot that has previously been planted with peas or beans? The cabbages are supposed to make use of...

Do I really HAVE to? An experiment.


One of the many things I love about my permaculture garden is that it mostly looks after itself. To me that is an essential feature of a garden. It's not that I don't want to spend time in it. When...

Give peas a chance


This is a poster by the Seed Savers Network , a fabulous Australian Organisation founded by Michael and Jude Fanton. The text on the poster reads as follows: "Australians once planted 65 varieties of pea. Now it's less than 10....

Rainbow Chard


To be honest, flavorwise I prefer true spinach (Spinacia oleracea) over silver beet (Beta vulgaris) any day. I also like to use the tender young spinach leaves in salads and find silver beet a bit tough for this. But I...

Permaculture Principles IV


Multiple Functions No living being can function on its own. It's true for you and for everything in your garden. So it makes sense to not look at the elements in your garden as isolated objects, but to look at...