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  • KakarikiSustainability Conference 2009 Permaculture principles for home gardens Presentation: Nicole Bührs
  • Overview1. Permaculture2. Home gardening - Growing food –3. Pest and disease control
  • 1.PermacultureWhat is Permaculture?The term comes from Perma(nent)(Agri)cultureIt was first used by Bill Mollison andDavid HolmgrenIt is based on ethics and principles
  • Ethics and principlesEthics – care of the earth, care of people,surplus shareSome of the principles: Relative location Multiple functions for each element Energy cycling Diversity And more
  • Some Permaculture principles Relative location
  • Principles (cont.)Multi functions foreach element
  • Principles (cont.) Energy cycling
  • Principles (cont.)Use of biological resources (plants andanimals)
  • Principles (cont.) Diversity
  • What permaculture amounts to is Let nature do the work Minimum work for maximum result Saving people’s time and energy A healthier environment
  • Bill Mollison’s view ofconventional egg production
  • Bill Mollison’s view ofpermaculture egg production
  • One of the best way to reduce theenvironmental impact of our lifestyle is to produce as much food as possible of our own food.
  • 2.Home gardening- Growing food – No garden – no problem Grow sprouts in the kitchen
  • Growing plants in pots/containers
  • Use space saving techniques
  • More space saving techniques
  • Growing a vegetable garden
  • Being involved in a community garden/allotment
  • When growing food you might find that others want to share with you…
  • 3.Pest and disease controlCrop rotationPhysical resourcesCompanion planting
  • Physical resources
  • Plants that attract beneficial insectsDaisy familyCarrot familyMint familyBuckwheatPhacelia
  • Companion planting: plants that help each otherCarrots and tomatoesTomatoes and celeryBroad beans and early potatoesSweet corn and dwarf beansBeetroot and cabbage
  • Companion planting / Guilds3 sisters: sweetcorn, beans andpumpkinTomatoes and basil
  • Protection against fungal diseasesBasil (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants)Chives (carrots, courgettes,cucumbers, gooseberries)Garlic (tomatoes, carrots)
  • Protection against nematodes Tagetes or French marigold
  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Chinese proverb
  • The endSources: Molly Chalken’s workshop notes (2000) Rodale’s Successful Organic Gardening COMPANION PLANTINGIllustrations: The Permaculture Garden – Graham Bell PERMACULTURE A Designer’s Manual - Bill MollisonPhotos: Nicole Bührs