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Name: Chris Powell
Glendale, AZ (Zone 9b)
Living a better life; if times get
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milkmood
Feb 22, 2012 2:54 PM CST
I'm gathering a few resources that might be helpful in helping to define what exactly permaculture is, what it's not, and how it can be integrated into our daily lives. I'm under the belief that no one resource can cover all the facets of permaculture as it is quite a wide-reaching set of sciences, but this should help get us started.

Permaculture at Wikipedia touches briefly on the history, theory, design principles, the 6 zones (0-5), animals, lasagne mulching or sheet mulching, use of rain and greywaters, :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture

Permaculture Institute in Santa Fe, NM offers courses in Permaculture Design, key concepts, and many publications and books by their founder Bill Mollison and others:
http://www.permaculture.org/

Small-scale Permaculture, as in sustainable home gardening, good article, but covers a little bit about a lot of topics:
http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/composting-permacult...

Some books from beginner to advanced designers:
- Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison - http://amzn.to/xA7qiK
- Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison - http://amzn.to/xL74B4
- Gaia's Garden: Second Edition - A Guide To Home Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemeway - http://amzn.to/wFXbC3
- Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren - http://amzn.to/yKtNJj
- Sepp Holtzer's Permaculture by Sepp Holtzer - http://amzn.to/w2tPDR

Various definitions of permaculture, link provided by Sharon:
- http://www.permaculture.net/about/definitions.html

And one more definition/description, link provided by plantladylin:
- http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/organic/the-essence-of-perma...
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Name: Chris Powell
Glendale, AZ (Zone 9b)
Living a better life; if times get
Permaculture Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Herbs Organic Gardener Dog Lover
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milkmood
Feb 22, 2012 5:34 PM CST
The Survival Podcast w/ Dave:
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/episode-827-dave-whitinger...

Here's a link to Dave's article on building hugelkultur raised beds.
http://allthingsplants.com/articles/view/dave/96/Building-a-...

And Dave's article on vermicomposting with worms creating castings, as requested.
http://allthingsplants.com/articles/view/dave/150/Vermicompo...
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Name: Chris Powell
Glendale, AZ (Zone 9b)
Living a better life; if times get
Permaculture Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Herbs Organic Gardener Dog Lover
Birds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Region: Southwest Gardening
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milkmood
Feb 22, 2012 7:01 PM CST
Hugelkultur & Swale Irrigation Video Series By Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast:
- Part 1 - http://youtu.be/AIFB2mXTMfY
- Part 2 - http://youtu.be/_N2Q-esXVP4
- Part 3 - http://youtu.be/UO303KfdBBU
- Part 4 - http://youtu.be/LejIjEJwLZQ
- Part 5 - http://youtu.be/Z23ejZNJUHI
- Part 6 - http://youtu.be/ovZuUwA3yv8
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Name: Chris Powell
Glendale, AZ (Zone 9b)
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milkmood
Feb 22, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Very brief explanation of Permaculture Zones in theory:
http://youtu.be/IpkiQHvmkII
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows Beekeeper
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dave
Feb 22, 2012 8:11 PM CST

All Things Plants Admin

Great links - thank you!
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
Southwest Gardening~ moderator/ATP.
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Aguane
Feb 22, 2012 8:26 PM CST
Chris,
I need to plug my new reading and viewing needs into my calendar! Lots to review here. Thanks for all your work. This is interesting.
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Feb 22, 2012 8:51 PM CST
I'd like to share this site from an author that can convince us that no matter how large or how small, we can all practice permaculture whether we live in the city or the country.

http://www.patriciamichaeldesign.com/PCHeal.htm

And, thank you for sharing some of the above sites. Kristi

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
tropicbreeze
Feb 23, 2012 8:54 AM CST
Another link for those in a relevant climate:
http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/
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GeddyFlea
Feb 23, 2012 9:31 PM CST
Chris, don't forget the great videos from Geoff Lawton. I just bought his newest dvd, Urban Permaculture. It is wonderful!

Jessie
Name: Chris Powell
Glendale, AZ (Zone 9b)
Living a better life; if times get
Permaculture Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Herbs Organic Gardener Dog Lover
Birds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Region: Southwest Gardening
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milkmood
Feb 23, 2012 10:27 PM CST
Is that DVD pretty easy to get? I think I looked into buying it last year and it wasn't on Amazon or anything and the ecofilms website is Australian. Do they ship to the US?

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GeddyFlea
Feb 23, 2012 10:36 PM CST
I ordered it from here: http://permaculture.org.au/author/Geoff%20Lawton just scroll a little down the page and you will see a link to all his videos on the right hand side.

It is actually from Australia and it only plays on your computer. But it's worth it.
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Name: Tom
New Jersey (Zone 6a)
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NJfoodforest
Mar 9, 2012 8:07 PM CST
The book Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway. It's Permaculture 101
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horseshoe
Mar 10, 2012 10:54 AM CST
Great! I saw you mention that book in the other thread. Dave seconded it.

I just got it from Amazon for my Kindle. Nine bucks and change.

Thanks for the recommendation, Dave and Tom~

Shoe

Charter ATP Member
hazelnut
Mar 10, 2012 1:32 PM CST
I like the Hemenway book. For one thing it tells you have to plant under a walnut tree and its probably worth $9 just for that information.

Also it will take you square into the hot debate about "native plants".

Some native plant people take exception to the strategy of using invasives as nitrogen fixers. Plant native they say. But what is native?
When? Plants that grew in the Pleistocene probably will not be adaptive to extant environments, today. Its an interesting argument, I think. Hope you enjoy this American version of permaculture book!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows Beekeeper
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Mar 10, 2012 1:47 PM CST

All Things Plants Admin

Thumbs up You'll enjoy the book Shoe.
Name: Tom
New Jersey (Zone 6a)
Permaculture
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NJfoodforest
Mar 11, 2012 6:58 AM CST
Glad to be of help, it's the book that changed everything I do in my gardens.
Name: Tom
New Jersey (Zone 6a)
Permaculture
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NJfoodforest
Mar 11, 2012 7:03 AM CST
Food Not Lawns by HC Flores is another good read. Especially for those with smaller lands.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 5a)
Peonies Ponds Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Oberon46
Mar 25, 2012 10:42 AM CST
I have bought several of the above books and have just started looking at this way to 'tend the earth around me.' We have different issues up here but there is a local group to help with things 'alaskan.' Just in the few chapters I have read in Gaia's Garden I have come up with an idea to push back the horsetail that started invading my garden last year. I think the answer is mulch and planting ground covers and vegies between my flowers. I think it invaded due to depleted soil and lots of open tilled ground. I am determined to push it back now by addressing planting and tending methods rather than brush killer and pulling (which is a fruitless task anyway.)

"What a person needs in gardening is a caste iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner
Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Birds Pollen collector Plant and/or Seed Trader Farmer Daylilies
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Dayjillymo
May 2, 2012 9:20 PM CST
Oh, now you've done it! You've gone and got me interested in a whole nother gardening area! I've downloaded the Gaia's Garden book, and can't wait to dig in. I've been wandering this direction on my own for a few years, with false starts, trial and error heavy on the error and will truly enjoy learning along with several of you how this is really supposed to work. Thanks for the info and the links and the general chatter that helps me follow along.

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 5a)
Peonies Ponds Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Oberon46
May 4, 2012 9:58 AM CST
Good luck to you. I think it is really the way to go. We shouldn't have to fight our gardens to have healthy productive ones. Easier said than done but worth the effort. The first step hopefully will start soon as the landscapers are coming to remove a lot of grass to put in raised beds for vegies and flowers. Then I have to get the bags of compost/mulch spread out especially in the problem spots. those nasty horsetails are showing up now.
"What a person needs in gardening is a caste iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner

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