Permaculture Principles for Home Gardens

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Permaculture Principles for Home Gardens

  1. 1. KakarikiSustainability Conference 2009 Permaculture principles for home gardens Presentation: Nicole Bührs
  2. 2. Overview1. Permaculture2. Home gardening - Growing food –3. Pest and disease control
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Some Permaculture principles Relative location
  6. 6. Principles (cont.)Multi functions foreach element
  7. 7. Principles (cont.) Energy cycling
  8. 8. Principles (cont.)Use of biological resources (plants andanimals)
  9. 9. Principles (cont.) Diversity
  10. 10. What permaculture amounts to is Let nature do the work Minimum work for maximum result Saving people’s time and energy A healthier environment
  11. 11. Bill Mollison’s view ofconventional egg production
  12. 12. Bill Mollison’s view ofpermaculture egg production
  13. 13. One of the best way to reduce theenvironmental impact of our lifestyle is to produce as much food as possible of our own food.
  14. 14. 2.Home gardening- Growing food – No garden – no problem Grow sprouts in the kitchen
  15. 15. Growing plants in pots/containers
  16. 16. Use space saving techniques
  17. 17. More space saving techniques
  18. 18. Growing a vegetable garden
  19. 19. Being involved in a community garden/allotment
  20. 20. When growing food you might find that others want to share with you…
  21. 21. 3.Pest and disease controlCrop rotationPhysical resourcesCompanion planting
  22. 22. Physical resources
  23. 23. Plants that attract beneficial insectsDaisy familyCarrot familyMint familyBuckwheatPhacelia
  24. 24. Companion planting: plants that help each otherCarrots and tomatoesTomatoes and celeryBroad beans and early potatoesSweet corn and dwarf beansBeetroot and cabbage
  25. 25. Companion planting / Guilds3 sisters: sweetcorn, beans andpumpkinTomatoes and basil
  26. 26. Protection against fungal diseasesBasil (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants)Chives (carrots, courgettes,cucumbers, gooseberries)Garlic (tomatoes, carrots)
  27. 27. Protection against nematodes Tagetes or French marigold
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. 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

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