The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Introduction to Permaculture

Our weedy lawn provides nectar sources for pollinating insects.Permaculture is a method of combining traditional agricultural systems with ecological concepts to acknowledge the fact that no one gardens in a vaccuum.  It's a pretty big idea which will take decades to fully explore.  This week, I'll just present a smattering of concepts we're working with at the moment, trying to create a more natural ecosystem in our garden.

You probably already use some permaculture concepts if you garden organically.  For example, composting is a natural way of mimicking the formation of soil.  You may get some natural pest control by leaving spots for insect-eating birds to hang out in your garden.  Those of you with honeybees have probably noticed how they promote good pollination of your crops.  On a larger scale, we leave 90% of our property in a natural state to acknowledge the fact that humanity has overrun the world and other living things need a place to grow, slither, and fly, even if they have no obvious use to us.

This post is part of our Permaculture lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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