Permaculture gardening is a natural way of making use of biological and ecological principles. Permaculture mimics how nature works and takes into consideration the elements such as soil, climate, living structures, plants, animals, weather and more. This type of gardening increases production and yield, labor and waste is reduced and the environment is restored to its natural state.
Permaculture and Gardening
One of the best things about this type of gardening is that it can be incorporated in different environments – urban or rural – in any size. Even indoor or container gardens can use the principles of permaculture gardening.
In order to be successful in incorporating permaculture to your gardening habits, you should have the knowledge how to create a healthy environment. This environment should have the elements beneficial to the system and they have give and take relationships.
Recycling is an important concept in permaculture. You must learn how nutrients are replenished back to the garden without adding fertilizer to soil.
Planning of the Garden
The first task would be to identify how to fit your yard to the existing environment. It is essential that your yard should mimic nature. You can also decide on the garden size.
You can have it in your balcony or patio or it can be a portion of your traditional garden with additional features. Starting with small parts of the garden is ideal before expanding it once you have mastered the concepts of the gardening principles.
Diversity is also an essential part of permaculture. In agricultural farms, large quantities of one crop are produced but in permaculture gardens varying crops and animals have relationships that are beneficial for the environment.
If one plant is attacked by a pest or a disease, then there is a method that protects or defends it naturally before the whole plan is destroyed.
Evaluation is also important because it will lead to design and implementation of your garden. Then this will determine the success of your garden.
One should also have patterns in their garden. These patterns can reduce waste and you can also have shapes such as spiral or wave that look natural.
Also this type of gardening makes use of layers that could save spaces. Planting different crops in one soil bed can optimize the use of space and implement diversity in your healthy ecosystem.
If you use your resources – food, energy, materials, shelter, non-materials – wisely, then there is possibility you can received more than you use. These gardening practices make you more productive but with less effort and at the same time preserving the environment for future generations.
There are many books, online blogs and websites that could help you in improving your permaculture practices. You can start by planting your crops, raise farm animals and make use of the concept of recycling. Anyone can benefit from permaculture as long as you have the right knowledge and right tools.
This type of gardening can be rewarding and enjoyable experience. You bring balance and harmony to the environment and your garden by incorporating the principles to your garden.