/r/Permaculture

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A community for like-minded individuals to discuss permaculture and sustainable living. Permaculture (Permanent Culture) is an ecological design system coined in Australia by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison

Permaculture (Permanent-Culture): A practical design philosophy intended to help us live and prosper in an environment, while working with nature in a positive way, using solutions based on careful observation of natural ecosystems and common sense. This can include food and energy production, shelter, resource management, nature conservation and community living.


You can find our wiki here


Please Read Before Posting:

It's pretty often that we see questions along the lines of, "I want to do X--what are the species/structures to get it done?" This isn't a bad question but there's not enough information to give a decent answer. When submitting a question, there is some information that ought to be included, such as:

  • Climate/Latitude/Elevation
  • What's already growing on the land in question
  • Topography--mountain, rolling hills, plains...
  • Water features--average rainfall, streams/ponds, etc.
  • Legal restrictions
  • Solar orientation
  • Soil conditions
  • Site history

This is the kind of stuff a permaculture consultant wants to know before doing a site visit/design/recommendation. And while no one is going to get a professional job done over reddit, better questions will lead to better answers.


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What do you all think of Matt Powers?

I just found his YouTube channel and have watched a few of his videos. I'd really like to like him and gain from his knowledge but I'm getting some pseudoscience vibes. Have any of you read his books and have any opinion of him?

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2024/05/22
20:23 UTC

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Slugs eating garden vs Insect Apocalypse

Hi there! Some info about my area: *New England *Zone 5a/5b *Avg 3.5"-4" rainfall a month during summer *Climate zone Dfb (humid continental) *Suburban/urban gardening (raised bed and side garden beds)

So, I noticed this last year and am starting to see it again this year, slugs are loving my veggie and herb starters. I've perused this sub and others like gardening and native gardening and have gotten a lot of info about managing slugs via killing them, many by using environmentally friendly options (beer traps, upside down pots, coffee grounds, wood ash). However, someone recently posted on another sub a reminder that bugs eating your stuff is actually a good thing considering the impending collapse of the insect population, which is a fair point

I'm coming here to see if anybody has any recommendations for managing bug 'pests' without unaliving them all? I live in a downtown suburbs type area, so attracting animals is not much of an option (maybe snakes tho? Birds don't seem to give two fiddles about my garden until the sunflowers are ready). Or maybe I'm overvalueing a slugs part in my local ecosystem?

I have successfully transformed my tiny front "yard" into a bug safety zone over the past few years - I've removed invasive grasses, planted clover as a replacement, and have been adding native flowers and shrubs which have really taken off. I want to continue to support this ecosystem, but I also want to eat my kale and lettuce, damnit!

56 Comments
2024/05/22
17:21 UTC

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Advice for site-specific issues? Also, boiling weeds before compost?

Helping out my folks' place, zone 6a.
Their are too many acres for me to hand pull everything.

Last year I tried solarization in the especially bad areas. Tho, they stay fairly shaded by forest. It slowed non-native invasive (NNI) growth, but I dont think it got hot enough for full solarization effect. I did try both clear and black plastic.

A main problem area is their old gravel driveway, which is a haven for cheatgrass, thyme-leaved sandwort, and common chickweed and stork'sbill (which I don't want to eat on account of this being a driveway.)
I weighted the solarization plastic down with rocks - but it made it rather annoying for driving, and the wind gets pretty gusty and blew them away a couple times.

This year I am trying hand-pulling the driveway. Then boiling for 5-10min, and putting all in the compost.
Read about the anaerobic bucket of weeds method in a recent post. Might try that too.

In a couple areas this year, i shoveled the gravel enough to put in some cardboard, replaced the soil-gravel, then added native field chickweed and short native grass mix seeds- to try to get some natives/ground-cover going along the edge and corner areas of the driveway.

Looking for ideas, thoughts, suggestions, etc.
Especially for the driveway.
Secondly, for the distant-from-the-house acres of steep forest hillside that have NNI hot spots.

Thanks all!

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2024/05/22
15:13 UTC

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0 Comments
2024/05/22
15:13 UTC

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Inaugural meeting

Boots on the ground efforts for Georgias of the coastal plains and coast to form our first meeting for the summer,please share this!

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2024/05/22
14:55 UTC

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Brand New First Plants

My wife and I are dipping our toe into permaculture.

What are a few plants we could pick up at the store and plant to learn and add other things later?

Edit: I'm in East Tennessee

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2024/05/22
14:45 UTC

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High-brix theory for treating pests & diseases

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2024/05/22
12:55 UTC

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Permaculture jobs?

Hello! I've recently gotten my PDC and I have years of experience in conservation, gardening, and some farming and landscaping.

I've been considering becoming a permaculture designer, but I'm not quite set up for that at the moment with my current life situation.

So I'm curious, what are some good permaculture jobs to gain experience in the meantime? What kind of keywords do you search for? What are your success stories for building a career in the field?

5 Comments
2024/05/22
11:37 UTC

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Poison ivy and the sin of Roundup

When is it ok to say enough is enough and use the Roundup made for poison ivy? It's growing in multiple beds (along with English ivy in one), and every time I attempt to remove it by hand I end up with a bad, blistering rash. Do I go all-in with a Tyvek suit first? I'm having this debate with myself because no matter what I do, I can never pull it all out.

I am in need of opinions: what is your line and when do you cross it?

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2024/05/22
04:34 UTC

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2024/05/21
20:07 UTC

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Heavy metals in food grown in an urban context?

How much impact to herbs, fruits and vegetables are there from growing them in an urban setting, say near a busy road or freeway? I know brake dust can accumulate in nearby areas. Also development near long existing roads can have elevated lead? How concerned should I be?

Currently I see it as I don't know if my crop was grown next to a freeway anyway. Is this Naive?

19 Comments
2024/05/21
16:25 UTC

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Making a small wattle fence in new England

I'm looking to make a wattle fence to close off a corner of my yard for the dog to safely be out during the daytime (she likes to nap in the sunshine [good], and chase the occasional jogger[not good].)

I have plenty of access to mixed woods for fencing material. I'm planning on using oak and maple for my staves. What kinds of wood should I be looking for, for my weavers? In upper new england (Maine, USA) we don't have a lot of alder or Hazel growing wild.

3 Comments
2024/05/21
15:10 UTC

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Compost from lawn clippings?

I'm looking at my options for composting atm and I'm exploring the idea of turning my task of mowing into a resource production. I have no choice but to keep my yard mowed regularly because of the chinese privet in the area. If you aren't mowing it then you are losing it. I'm considering spending $600 on a bagger for my riding mower so I can save my clippings and turn them into compost but I'm wondering if it would be worth the effort. Can lawn clippings create good compost? During May/June my yard grows 5+ inches in a week and its not a seeded lawn so lots of naturally occurring plants.

Edit: I wanted to add that I'm not at all concerned about seeds/weeds being added to my garden. Theres tons of stuff growing throughout my yard thats edible and/or medicinal that having more of wouldn't be a downside. What I'm really looking to do is a way to add organic matter and nutrients into my garden area. If I get some plantain or dandelion growing in my garden its probably going into the salad bowl as well.

25 Comments
2024/05/21
08:27 UTC

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Curious about lawn clippings vs. hay

I just cut my overgrown lawn which left hay-like windrows lining my yard. Coincidentally, I was going to buy hay soon to sort of ruth-stout a small vegetable garden (which I am planning in a 10x10 foot spot currently rife with weeds and different grasses.). My current thought to establish my garden is to lay down some cardboard, about 6 inches of local organic compost, plant / transplant my vegetables, and then add a few inches of hay.

I have ~ .74 acre of thick fresh cut grass in rows - I was thinking I could rake it over (or drive over it with a lawn sweeper with the basket removed to basically act as a hay tedder) to dry it over the course of the next few sunny days. If its relevant, I'm in zone 7a.

As a complete novice, I'd like to solicit some opinions:

  1. Will dried-lawn-clipping-hay work as effectively as baled hay when using the ruth-stout approach? (i.e. is there a nutritional difference that matters, does the short length of lawn clippings affect the vegetable growth vs. long stemmed hay)?
  2. Do you think my lawn sweeper approach for tedding would work?
  3. Does my plan to establish a garden sound reasonable? Any advice here would be great, especially on compost selection.
3 Comments
2024/05/21
05:16 UTC

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HELP! Ants and lawn transformation:

I've want to replace this lawn (grass, clover, "weeds" here and there) with native meadow species (zone 5/6ish). There is a bunch of clover as you can see on the right side and bottom left, and I'm just waiting for it to fix nitrogen in the soil, then I'll cut it and begin digging the whole lawn to plant the native seeds right before it flowers and gets the chance to uptake that nitrogen.

HOWEVER, before I proceed, I've noticed that the grass section (mainly on the left) where the clover hasn't really established, is correlated with the presence of maybe 4 black ant colonies (haven't had the chance to ID them yet).

I'm assuming any attempts to plant seeds in that section without completely digging out the colonies (idk how deep they are) will result in the ants just destroying them, because the new plant roots will make the soil moisture unfavorable for them.

So my question is: IS IT POSSIBLE for me to transform the lawn while integrating the ant colonies? Could I maybe only dig up the right side and have the native species establish themselves there, and they'd just take over the ant colony sections? Any other suggestions?

Thanks!

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16 Comments
2024/05/20
23:33 UTC

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Addition of red worms under cardboard/mulch over centipede to assist in soil condition?

Zone 9, outside of Charleston (hot/humid), and I'm trying to reclaim a yard of centipede for trees, shrubs, and flowers. It's too much to dig up, and I'm not willing to try chemical warfare so close to my large backyard garden and places it can run off or hurt the bees. I wonder if adding red worms, or something similar, between the grass and cardboard layer, with cedar mulch on top of the cardboard, would add anything to the soil. I've let the centipede grow there for so low because large trees were sucking up nutrients, and the rest was just baked, exposed soil for decades. I don't have it in me to dig up the entire yard, compost, till, and work the earth, but I would like to do as much as possible to build back the soil as I put in all my new shrubs and flowers.

8 Comments
2024/05/20
20:57 UTC

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Sweet potatoes in between fruit trees?

Hey everone, I am looking to plant some sweet potatoes, but I have limited space in my yard. One of the only spots I have are in between my fruit trees. The sweet potatoes would probably be planted about 3.5 feet away from the trunk of the tree. Only thing I am worried about is potentially damaging the roots of the fruit trees when the sweet potatoes are ready to harvest. Is this something to be concerned about? Thanks!

24 Comments
2024/05/20
13:38 UTC

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What software would you like like to help run your operation?

I’m passionate about regenerative agriculture. I want to find a way to help folks doing the hard work.

Assume the software was free. What type of software do you wish you had (at any point along the journey)? I’d like to build something easy to use that would’ve helped you find the right property, plan appropriately for the property you already own, or assist in any capacity the enterprises you are already operating.

Let me know!

edit: do you currently use a marketplace to sell any of your goods? if so, which one?

30 Comments
2024/05/19
05:49 UTC

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Permaculture just feel like a oversized garden in farm land.

If every farmer started using permaculture won't there be food crisis?

35 Comments
2024/05/18
18:57 UTC

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