/r/Permaculture

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A community for likeminded individuals to discuss permaculture and sustainable living. Permaculture (Permanent Culture) is an ecological design system coined in Australia by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison and based on Aboriginal Tasmanian belief systems.

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.


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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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How worried should we be about chemicals and metals in the soil if we’re growing food?

Hi all.

I’ve seen varying advice on this point.

Some say that leafy vegetables and herbs are not safe if you’ve got contaminated soil, but that fruit trees won’t pass on things from the soil in dangerous quantities.

I assume the safest route is soil testing and built up garden beds with fresh soil, but does anyone know the best research or have done any experiments themselves?

Thank you.

8 Comments
2024/04/21
02:44 UTC

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Book recommendations

I would like book recommendations on permaculture, specifically ones that can be found in public libraries. I’m planning one acre garden and want to include permaculture methods. TY

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2024/04/21
02:42 UTC

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Progress on Restoring Hawaiian Dry Forest Habitat

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2024/04/21
01:23 UTC

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Growing vegetables in grass treated with chemicals

Hello Everyone,

I recently got into growing food, Ive donegrow bags but Iwas wondering what would be the best course of action for growing in MY DIRT? the lawn hasn't been treated for 2 years, I would definitely amend the soil with some compost. Would fruits and veggies be safe for my family? I'm really enjoying this groups input of different subjects so I thought I would ask! Thanks

4 Comments
2024/04/21
01:19 UTC

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Removed root ball of invasive bush, now what?

Finally dug out the root ball of an invasive holly and I don't know what to do with it. The rest of it got chipped and composted and I'd like to find a use for the roots and the root ball of another bush. Any ideas?

Im working on a backyard garden scale so I'd rather not have to store them for too long.

4 Comments
2024/04/20
17:44 UTC

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What are your thoughts on doing Permaculture in Libya?

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2024/04/20
17:06 UTC

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Picking the Perfect Plot for Permaculture Newbies

Greetings, everyone!

As a newcomer to permaculture with minimal gardening experience, I’m embarking on the journey of purchasing my first piece of land in the semi-arid region of Maharashtra, India.

Thus far, I’ve come across two types of properties:

1.	Fertile land utilized for monoculture, equipped with tubewells/water availability, albeit at a higher cost.
2.	Barren land devoid of amenities, yet attractively priced.

Both types of properties are accessible by road, and I’m planning to implement solar energy and construct my own mud house, eliminating the need for commuting and lodging expenses.

Now, the question arises: which type of land is the most suitable investment? Given permaculture’s potential to transform barren land into fertile soil, should I opt for the cheaper option and allocate the saved funds towards solar power, housing, etc.? Or would the effort required be too great, making it wiser to invest in fertile land with existing water sources?

Thanks in advance!

4 Comments
2024/04/20
07:50 UTC

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Question about no till garden

I started my first ever vegetable garden this year in zone 7b with heavy red clay soil. I added about 4” of composted horse manure, then another 4” of straw on top of that.

I have planted some things just under the straw and will see what happens this year.

As far as no till goes, do I just need to add another layer of mulch on top every year or would it be better to add more composted manure every year? Do I even need mulch on top of the compost, or can that act as the top layer?

I have an unlimited free supply of manure, so it’s actually the cheapest option for me; but I’m not sure if it can be used as a mulch or if it serves a different purpose.

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2024/04/20
00:53 UTC

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What to do with cover crops permaculture style?

I'm new/learning. I have a bunch of cover crops growing and will be chopping soon I'm assuming permaculture would say don't disturb the soil by flipping them under? Do I lasagna ontop instead? Or leave them on top as mulch? I'd prefer they stay where they grew and not use them in thr larger compost pile. It is oats, hairy vetch, red clover and maybe some peas.

8 Comments
2024/04/20
00:12 UTC

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Bruce plum and alderman plum pollinate each other ?

I have both these varieties - can they pollinate each other?

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2024/04/19
23:35 UTC

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Haskap honey berry aurora and strawberry sensation

Can they pollinate each other ? They’re the varieties I have and seems like they bloom different times of year

4 Comments
2024/04/19
23:31 UTC

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What plants are going to thrive in chaotic, rapidly changing environments?

I am aware that the answer might be 'no plant does well in rapidly changing environments' - but of the ones we have worked with or are aware of now, do you know of any that may do well in a chaotic weather environment of the future due to climate change?

60 Comments
2024/04/19
21:06 UTC

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PDC in the UK

I am looking for a face to face permaculture design certification anywhere in the UK. I have had a look at the permaculture association and there's a good range on there, but I would love to read some personal recommendations from people who have done hands on courses. I am able to travel anywhere in the UK, any time in the next year.

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2024/04/19
21:01 UTC

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Native fortress plants in Michigan?

I've just recently learned about fortress plants and I am curious if there's native ones to Michigan, as Michigan has a fair amount of forest I assume there must be, does anyone know or have recommendations

4 Comments
2024/04/19
15:25 UTC

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Seed Sector & Permaculture - compatible?

Hey all, I recently was looking at an NGO looking to help small hold indigenous farmers to retain autonomy and independence away from big companies in the seed sector. I know very little about this, and was wondering if anyone knew any useful sources for information about the seed sector and whether it can be compatible with the principles of permaculture?

Thank you :)

5 Comments
2024/04/19
15:19 UTC

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Adding coffee grounds to the top of the soil with a pea cover crop.

I am creating multiple 60-foot, no till beds from an area that had been tarped off to kill the sod. The soil looks decently workable but is very brown, which I assume is a lack of organic matter in the soil.

I have a robust pea cover crop starting to come in. Would it be helpful for me to generously apply coffee grounds to the soil surface now, or would that harm the cover crop? I plan on terminating the peas in early summer before they seed, and replacing them with tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and other heavy feeding summer vegetables.

I have enough coffee grounds to fill a 5 gallon bucket and can pick up large amounts at any time, so it's a resource I'd love to use generously in my garden if it wouldn't harm the pea plants.

8 Comments
2024/04/19
12:34 UTC

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Clone old tree

What happens if you clone/graft/propagate an old tree? Would the new tree have the same lifespan left?

10 Comments
2024/04/19
10:32 UTC

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What to fill an apple tree nursery bed with?

I bench grafted about 60 apple trees a few weeks ago and have them heeled in in pots. I’m planning to grow them in a raised bed for one year before moving them out to my orchard location.

Where I’m doubting myself is, what to fill the bed with? I have three yards of nice finished compost, but would that be too rich? Should I add sawdust or sand? Or just ditch the raised bed and till the native soil?

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2024/04/19
03:57 UTC

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Can anybody recommended any good tree care guides?

I have several dead looking trees and near dead. (Some activity) and I want to try and revive them all. I know sometimes dead is just dormant.

0 Comments
2024/04/18
22:26 UTC

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Will one haskap plant grow fruit?

Hello! I was just wondering if one plant will do the trick? I’ve read that one will eventually and contrarily I need two for cross pollination. I believe it’s the aurora strain? Thanks!

12 Comments
2024/04/18
17:42 UTC

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Young Fruit Tree Watering Requirements

How do I know how much to water my young fruit trees? I have just set up drip irrigation. The trees were mostly all planted last fall and they are covered with thick mulch. I live on Crete and summers are HOT! I don't want to water them too much. Any ideas?

8 Comments
2024/04/18
17:32 UTC

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Salvaged Earth, scaped, stored, and returned to site after construction

When there is a new house being built, I have heard of people scraping the topsoil to protect it and then reinstalling it after construction. What is this process called? Do you know of any resources? Do you have to keep the scaped soil moist? Thanks!

2 Comments
2024/04/18
17:26 UTC

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bromegrass to hay

Hi,

I don't have a farm, I have a garden, I have garden equipment.

Bromegrass is growing all by itself on the dry part of my land. But right now my chickens and rabbits already have all the fresh grass and leaves they can eat... So I would like to reap the bromegrass and make hay with it. Do you have any low tech/low cost ideas to to so ?

I have a small wooden shed (with big openings, the kind where you store wood) and we are soon going to have a plastic shed that can be completely closed (mainly to store tools and "I could use it later" things).

Any idea ? BTW my mother tongue is french, so please don't use vernacular names for plants or I could completely miss the translation !

5 Comments
2024/04/18
15:32 UTC

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Little Bluestem cover crop?

I cleared a pasture and have bare ground. I want to plant little bluestem. Do I need to plant a cover crop like spring oats to give the bluestem time to establish?

10 Comments
2024/04/18
14:17 UTC

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