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Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design 2004

Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design 2004



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    • Project 1
    • Spring, summer and winter 1996 Allotment 10 mins walk away
    • Involved with Brighton Permaculture Trust - no time to garden! Passed allotment to friends, got designing out of need for change! Limitations and imagination vied with each other for supremacy…
    • Zone 1 biodiversity, natural pattern, edge, layer, stacking in space & time, multi- function, self-regulating small scale, perennial no dig, cycling, guilds, incremental design, meets client need. Result...
    • - - - - - - - - - - minus Some really good mistakes, like attaching the waterbutt to the guttering forgetting the downpipe of the bathroom used it as well, and I didn’t have a grey water filtering system… smell! “ That’s int’restin’ ” I did a lot of observing, paper designs which were fantastical to start, not enough space etc. then decided to engage my enthusiasm for EDGE, and to limit myself to what I could do in the time! + + + + + + plus I spent a lot of time in the garden, moving things around, 3D designing, observing, sitting in the sun, have ‘deckfast’, watching TV gardening programmes and wondering how to make them PcD!
    • Essential criteria: Theory in action and design practice : This was a first step in using permaculture as a design process, arising from the Design Course. The ‘wait & see’ approach was, I found out, a PcD convention, though any gardening book will say to see a garden through for a cycle of seasons… very much anathema in these days of ‘ground-force’ style weekend transformations… what I observed was a gradual development & change in design practice from non-PcD to using the SADI cycle,observation, lessons from nature, trying out the options, such as identifying zone 0, 1 and 2, applying principles, etc. just like we were taught on the course! Complimentary criteria: Dissemination and Symmetry: As a first step my major dissemination activity was sharing what I was doing with gardener friends who were interested to see the sense of what I knew to be reasoned experimentation… but which, when I took the lawn up, were horrified at the mess! Evaluation - Yield Now I have a manageable garden, which looks interesting and includes diverse elements, including fruit and veg in a very small space. My outside ‘ room’ is used year round… it’s not uncommon to eat breakfast through from late March to early October, and I can use the deck for exercise and relaxation. Input costs Materials were the main expense. The deck cost £1k! - this was pre-PcD course. Having done a basketweaving course (£25) I tried out living willow first in the spiral but abandoned it after 2 years, as it dried & rotted. Pebbles and slate, though not local, are from environmentally-managed sources. Total c. £60 over 3 yrs earth fairshare people