Principle 1: Observe and interact - Discovering Springtails

Presenting 12 more images illustrating the principles

Twelve fresh images illustrating the principles now feature on the website. These photos were submitted from people around the world and were selected to feature in the 2015 Permaculture Calendar. Each year I add a new collection of images to the website to help give a wider interpretation of how the design principles can be […]

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Asking questions about education

Jen Mendez is a wife, mother, experiential education mentor, and founder of Permie Kids. Jen was invited to write a guest post about her passion for learning and the role that permaculture plays in her approach. She has a M. Ed. in International Education and has worked with children in the U.S. and overseas from […]

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Cherry Plum Purée

Harvest the bounty for later

  Principle 2: Catch and store energy Do it Yourselfer #7 In times of abundance we should be finding ways to ‘catch and store energy’ so that we can use them in times of need, the second principle of permaculture. We might call this ‘investing in the future’ which the proverb make hay while the […]

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Planting by the moon

Principle 1: Observe and interact Do it Yourselfer #6 The cycles of the moon have influenced gardeners from diverse cultures over many centuries. While science may not fully understand why planting by the moon works, anecdotal evidence suggests that it does. Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s writes “good design depends on a free and harmonious relationship […]

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Maximising yield from Boysenberries

Principle 3: Obtain a yield Do it Yourselfer #5 The third Permaculture Principle ‘Obtain a Yield’, uses the proverb “you can’t work on an empty stomach” as a way to help illustrate the importance of getting a reward for the work that one does. Rewards can come in many forms. Permaculture activists Ethan Roland and […]

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Making plant guards from scrap

Principle 11: Use edges & value the marginal Do it Yourselfer #4 If Al Qaeda’s threat of disrupting oil imports comes to pass then we will see just how dependent our society has become on refined energy. Australia now imports 90% of it’s oil from overseas, and nearly half of the national refineries have closed […]

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There’s nothing quite like homebrew beer

Principle 4: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback Do It Yourselfer #3 When I first saw a can of homebrew in the supermarket I imagined that it was a powder that you added water to – like Milo or something. The process was much more mysterious that what I imagined as a young fella. I discovered […]

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A Permaculture Food Forest in Three Years

Principle 12: Creatively use and respond to change   Nelson Lebo and his partner Dani purchased the worst house they could find in New Zealand and renovated it while planting over 100 fruit trees. Nelson’s blog Eco Thrifty Living contains a wealth of knowledge about his experiences, here he describes the development of their permaculture […]

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Using and Valuing Wood

Principle 5: Use & value renewable resources & services Do It Yourselfer #2 We are approaching a new era, one in which resourcefulness will come into it’s own, as it has through hard times of the past. The living memory of the Great Depression of the 1930’s has almost passed us by. Most of us […]

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