Permaculture Q&A’s From Quarantine Part 1
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Questions overview and key Below 1) a summary of the topics addressed by each question, and a timestamp; 2) Below each question summary are key takeaways from Geoff’s answer.
Top 3 permaculture book recommendations 2:00
A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison, The Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition by Bill Mollison, How Can I Use Herbs in My Daily Life? by Isabel Shipard
How to convert land from paddock to vegetable garden 4:00
Uncompact it. Disfavor the grass. Gauge the size and climatic analog for Cooler, humid climates can have larger gardens than the tropics, which can have larger gardens that the desert. Finally, the garden needs to be surrounded by a beneficial ecosystem, such as a food forest.
Cloning extinct animals to restore ancient ecosystems 13:08
We’ve got the animals we need. Rather, we should be cell grazing and managing pastures so that our domesticated animals are beneficial to the environment.
Discussing canopy forest systems, berms, and root systems 15:35
Though we need the canopy as soon as possible, we can’t get climax (productive) canopy species quickly. We have to create an early canopy from fast-growing support species. Roughly 80% of plants and trees are neutral in their effect on other species, 15% are beneficial (often fast-growing leguminous species), and 5% are allelopathic (detrimental to other plant species). We can use those beneficial species to provide protective shade to nurse productive species as well as create a forest floor by coppicing and pollarding them until, eventually, our productive canopy forms. The root zone, then, of support species becomes compost corridors, leaving behind dendritic patterns that will soak up moisture.
Making compost in temperate climates 24:00
The Berkeley composting method can make it in 18 days. It may take experience to get it right so quickly, but it will eventually happen regardless. In the winter in temperate climates, it might need to be done indoors, such as in a glasshouse, where it will help heat the space.
Saving a sun-stricken plant 27:05
Prune the leaves a little, reducing the leaf surface area to reduce the strain on the plant. At the same time, saturate the roots and add a little worm juice or nutrients.
A good example of permaculture farm and resources for tropical highlands 28:05
We need to know several factors. We need to know the latitude, the altitude, and the distance from the ocean. Further away from the ocean means hotter summers and cooler winters. Every 100 meters up in altitude is the equivalent to one degree further from the equator in terms of temperature range with no change in length of day.
Importance of self-sustainability now and in the future 32:28
Crucial. Geoff was trapped in Saudi Arabia, upcoming food shortages were apparent. Zaytuna Farm is stand There is 96,000 gallons of fresh water storage, off-grid electricity, natural waste treatment systems, and abundant food production. Seven to ten people are on the farm at all times. We preserve pickles, grow medicines, and so on. It feels like the safest place in the world at a time like this.
Creating a permaculture community during lockdown 40:15
Local community permaculture groups can be set up as networks that are already in position. Call your permaculture Permaculture (Name of Local Government). Let’s get it up to speed with online start-ups.
Where to get Geoff’s Greening the Desert knowledge 46:10
Everything is an anti-evaporation strategy in the desert. A desert is a flood waiting to happen, and designs have to be waiting for that very thing. The systems need to be as big as possible and soak the water into the soil. Any open body of water should be as small, deep, and shaded as possible. Pick the geological spots that are easiest to develop for this, the ideal locations to stop water flows, spread them, and soak them into the landscape. This will require big, stout gabions. The gabions will create fertile silt fields and fill connected swale systems. Once systems are started from these advantageous positions, they can be extended.
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