Jun 252011
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As someone who comes from a computer science background, I have an affinity for the transition Rishi and his family have made.  Whether you have a large amount of space or a little, the passion and dedication to the process can guide you through.

This video is well produced and talks with Rishi and Ro about the project, their accomplishments, and possibilities for the future.

You can learn and see more about the projet at:


Jun 242011
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Neal from New Jersey wrote me a few days ago with the following questions.  I already had a chance to respond to him via email, so he could start working on this immediately, but this takes that response and expands on it a bit.

1) Is it bad to buy non-organic plants for your home garden? I know this isn’t ideal, but since I wanted to get a few more veggies into the garden, I just bought a few from the local Agway. Now I’m wondering if that was a bad thing to do.
2) Should I get my soil tested to see how I can improve it
3) I understand there are a lot of things we can add to improve the soil such as manure (I can easily obtain horse manure where I live), veggie scraps, coffee grinds, etc. However, is it good to use these if we don’t know if they’re organic or not
4)Any tips on making/obtaining supplies to build a raised bed?

Jun 212011
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This brings us to the next portion of the Permaculture Design Course with the very core ideas of permaculture: The Prime Directive, Ethics, and Principles that make permaculture permaculture.

The Prime Directive, from Mollison, states:

“The only ethical decisions is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.”

From there we move into the Ethics:

  • Earth Care
  • People Care
  • Fair Share

This time around, I present the Principles differently from those presented by Holmgren and others.  10 Principles in total are covered:

  • Whole System
  • Observation
  • Soil
  • Diversity
  • 4-Dimensional Design
  • Relative Location
  • Planning Tools
  • Scale
  • Yields
  • Energy

For this episode, my primary resources were:

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollion
Teaching Permaculture Creatively by Skye and Robin Clayfield
The Earth Care Manual by Patrick Whiefield

Jun 202011
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This is a sensuous article about what we can learn from the land through permaculture. Beneficial relationships, observation, community, and the wisdom of children.  Oh, if I could write this well.  Reading the words within will take but a few minutes, but the lessons you can take from it will carry with you.


Jun 182011
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This is an article that mentions two of my favorite things: permaculture and Steve Solomon.  I was a bit skeptical about the author’s supposition that the NPK of compost was around 1:1:1, but some further research on the web (Google), revealed it to appear to be accurate as a Back of the Envelope calculation.

You can read this article here:


For a long debate on the NPK of Compost, here is a thread from the Garden Web forum:


And my favorite compost:

Dig My Earth