Permaculture Design: How to Perform a Site Analysis of Your City Lot

The first step to successful permaculture design is understanding your land. Performing a site analysis and assessment of your city lot will clue you in on sun and shade patterns, water trends, and soil quality.

"Paradise Lot" by Eric Toensmeier with contributions from Jonathan Bates shows their journey using permaculture design to turn their barren city lot into an edible paradise.
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The barren city lot before transforming it into an edible paradise lot.
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Construction on the city lot begins.
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Permaculture design is about harmonizing your goals with the unique characteristics of the site. Rather than laser leveling and planting uniform rows, permaculturists strive to understand what’s happening on a piece of land: What is the overall pattern? What are the opportunities and limitations? What potential can be unlocked through regenerative land use?
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Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates transformed their tenth-of-an-acre lot into a paradise full of edible plants.
Cover Courtesy Chelsea Green.

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