In the menu above of our blog in the section “Permaculture Project: reinvent ourselves” you have all informations about our project and our progress and effort to do it real! You can pass for why we do this to continue with our first design ideas about the organic garden and the little transformation that we meet in this days!
If we talking about permaculture we have to talk also about hugelkulture, from german hügelkultur translates as “hill culture”.
The hugelkulture is the practice of composting large woody material to create a raised garden bed. In this case we can use the excess amounts of woody garden wastes, for example pruning, brushwood or hedge clippings. The pioneer of this technique is Sepp Holzer that in is house in Austria starting to adopted it, though he didn’t use the word hugelkultur.
The technique involves digging a circular trench about 1′ (30 cm) deep and 5′ (1.5 m) wide, in the centre of which is dug another hole 1′ (30 cm) deep hole. The material is piled in. Turf (grass) is than stacked face down on top, then layers of compost, well-rotted leaves and manure, etc as available. The layers break down slowly and creating rich humus over four or five years. It is claimed that this is ideal for growing hungry crops such as zucchini (courgettes) or strawberries.
This technique is mainly used in soils where water is scarce and there is no trace of worms, which means no fertility of the soil.
As the years pass, the deep soil of the raised bed becomes incredibly rich and loaded with soil life. As the wood shrinks, it makes more tiny air pockets – so your hugelkultur becomes self tilling. The first few years, the composting process will slightly warm the soil giving a slightly longer growing season, in temperate and cold climates.
For more informations please visit http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/ and http://permaculturenews.org/2012/01/04/hugelkultur-composting-whole-trees-with-ease/
Today I stopped in a video about permaculture introduced by Toby Hemenway, who give us some ideas about redesigning civilization with permaculture. Toby is the author of “Gaia’s Garden” the first best-selling book of permaculture in the last 7 years.
In a society where all people and industries thinking just to their profit, with permaculture we can give some tools to get in the hand our life and redesign her with new values and principles that will help us to go on in this world…Toby said: “Permaculture can save humanity and the planet, but not civilization”
A related article is at http://www.patternliteracy.com/697-the-last-nomads-and-the-culture-of-fear
If someone is interested to the video you can find it at:
In these videos you can see how in all part of world the permaculture is developed and how many people started to understand the importance of this discipline and change is city life for the “better life”. The importance to have a good life is not only growing our own food but also printing our own money…if you have all that you need the relevance of the money is minimum…you can have a real good life also if you haven’t a lot of money…the problem is that a the most part of people is engaged a stereotype of life where all people are machine that live and work just for the system and not for itself. I hope that everyone can change!
Permaculture on a Canadian Farm
Permaculture in Canada – An Urban garden