Zones are the areas of the garden or land that you are working in Permaculture. They are divided up so that Zone 0 is your home, Zone 1 is the area nearest your dwelling, Zone 2 is the next one out and Zone 5 is the furthest away.
Generally, you try to put the things that need the most care in Zone 1 or 2, nearest the house to make it easy to get to them. Zone 5 is generally the wildest area and the least labour intensive.
Here are the zones in my garden. Learn more
I’m a practical gardener on a mission to grow enough food for us to eat all year round. However, I’m learning to appreciate the beauty of flowers more and more and to see them as more than a luxury. A beautiful flower or planting scheme has the power to transport us instantly to a place of peace where no stress can exist. Surely it is as important to feast our eyes and souls as it is to feed our bodies? Learn more
I’m not making a whole lawn, but I am using the same principles to cover some spaces between some ugly paving stones I am using for a pathway. I want to green them up a bit. They are useful and do the job, but they are ugly. But in true permaculture style, I am using what I have in the garden already. I also have a chamomile plant from last year that has produced lots of new babies, so we are ready to rock and roll. Learn more
Here are three recipes that you can use to make your own gardening scrub, soap and lotion (or salve) to care for your hands during gardening season. They will help to thoroughly clean your hands and heal any cuts or cracks that you might have.
I’ve seen countless photos of glasses of what looks like pond water on Facebook for a long time, but it has never appealed to me before. However, recently I have watched a few documentaries about the health benefits of plant based medicine and I decided to give it a go. Learn more
Free to join! Find love on the fringes and meet a potential life partner for zone 0. Building a homestead, urban farm, finding new energy resources etc. is not without its challenges, especially if you are the only Permie in…
We were introduced to the notion of aquaponics in our permaculture course, so I thought I would do a little research into how it works to see if it might become part of the permaculture design project.
So what is aquaponics? Learn more
Month Fruit or Veg Seed Instructions Jan Collecting toilet rolls and making newspaper seed potsThese can be planted into the ground without disturbing the roots. They are biodegradable.Planning and ordering seeds Feb Round seeded (as opposed to wrinkle seeded) peas …
I am learning about the permaculture principles of a polyculture system of planting.
In permaculture, at least 20% of your time should be spent observing. In the winter months, when there is less to do in the garden, I am spending some of my time learning and planning what to do in the busy months. So this week’s job is planning my planting schemes.
Mixed vegetable gardening is also known as polyculture. This means growing many kinds of plants
together. The growing mix in a plant grouping can include vegetables, herbs, flowers and even fruit. Learn more
Course Overview Sign up for the course here Anyone with a patch of land can grow a food forest! A food forest, or forest garden, is a gardening technique that mimics a forest ecosystem but substitutes in edible trees, shrubs,…