Experiments in permaculture with microclimates in a suburban yard

This year saw unintended permaculture experiments, and one in the making. I never installed the replacement soaker hoses in the flower bed.  Instead of trying to salvage what couldn’t tolerate the semi-arid conditions it became another experiment in conservation.  Next spring I will take inventory of what comes back. I do not intend to water… Continue reading Experiments in permaculture with microclimates in a suburban yard

Citizen scientists being the neighbors of habitat.

Nature was only a mile away. Now I’m realizing how far from nature our neighborhood has become. What was a norm, is now almost forgotten! We have the perfect opportunity to be a bridge. In my yard there are few insects to feed the birds. While we’ve rid ourselves of pests, we live in a… Continue reading Citizen scientists being the neighbors of habitat.

Permaculture in the high country; practical use and guidance.

A new view of growing food and forest in the same space.

Permaculture Practice Where to start is to read The Permaculture Design Course Handbook. It leads you through the 11 design principles whose goal is a community of plants and animals acting in coordination for mutual benefit. When thoughtfully placed near each other (relative location) each element provides at least three functions for other elements. Principles… Continue reading Permaculture in the high country; practical use and guidance.