Permaculture Basics for the Homestead



Permaculture is way of thinking about designing your home, homestead and life to produce what you need. Permaculture encourages you to work WITH nature instead of against it. This requires observation of the environment, plants and animals around you, so understand how they can all work together to achieve your objectives.

Where did permaculture start?

Permaculture was developed in the 1980s by two Australians: David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. They had begun to realise that the increasing trend towards chemical-based monoculture farming was not sustainable. Constantly fighting against nature would ultimately be a losing battle and we needed to start to think differently about agriculture. They described a system of “design thinking” in which all elements and their functions are considered and carefully placed to reduce human effort and maximise production.

Permaculture is now practised all around the world in different climates and locations. Some of the foundational ideas that led to permaculture have also led to concepts such as holistic management and natural sequence farming.

How can you use permaculture?

This system can be applied at all scales, whether you live in an apartment, a suburban block or a large farm. Anyone can use permaculture to improve their productivity. You must first start with a clear vision of what you want to achieve. For me this was growing enough in my garden that we could reduce our reliance on supermarkets.

Without permaculture, this may have meant buying garden soil and fertiliser, buying seedlings, buying chemical insecticides and fungicides and constant effort to maintain my garden. This would have been expensive and hardly worth the effort. I would have been fighting nature and getting less return each year.

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