What is permaculture

Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating a more sustainable way of living. It is a practical method with a set of design principles that can help anyone, anywhere live more ecologically and efficiently.

It uses principles like regenerative agriculture, re-wilding, community resilience and doesn’t just have to be used in fields and gardening, but can also be used as a philosophy of life.

It is about people living in harmony with nature and creating a new eco friendly, holistic way of living that promotes clean air, clean water, renewable energy, community, healthy food, eco
buildings and happy lives.

Humans need to realise we are part of the eco system instead trying to control it.

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”
― Bill Mollison

Permaculture farming can mean permanent agriculture and is defined as working with natural forces like the wind, sun and water to provide everything your plot needs.

Simply put it is a holistic approach to farming.

In my market garden I take the framework and tools I learnt on my design course to not just observe the land but to read it.

Here are a few examples of permaculture I adopt to my own plot…

– Understand where the sun spots are, where the wind direction comes from, the ideal areas to add wildflowers so bees have to fly over the plot to pollinate vegetable flowers on their way.

– Adding lots of edible flowers and herbs to my market garden to attract the good pests and pollinator to the garden that tend to eat the bad pests. This creates an eco system balance that avoids the need for pesticides.

– Using garden waste (grass clippings, leaf mulch, wood chip and plant matter) to create rich compost that goes back onto the beds. This creates a closed loop system.

– Creating my own fertiliser from my Wormery along with harvesting stinging nettles and comfrey added to oxidised water to make a high nitrogen concentrate fertiliser.

– Companion planting – Planting beneficial plants next to each other so their can thrive and protect each other from pests. This helps maximise every square foot of the garden, to create more food, healthier plants and can sometimes improve flavour.

– Using Mulches. Compost, wood chip in pathways, straw and leaf mulches on the beds, these all help regulate soil temperatures, retains moisture and keeps the weed pressure off beds.

– No Dig system is under the framework of permaculture as it promotes healthy soil and an efficient way to grow more abundance in keeping with holistic land management.