Permaculture

The 12 Principles of Permaculture Explained

Permaculture was first introduced as a concept in the 1970s by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison while the two were studying environmental design at a university in Australia. Despite the fact that it is not a necessarily modern concept, many people have never heard of permaculture. The idea behind permaculture is simple. Holmgren and Mollison …

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Permaculture Zones – Everything You Need to Know

The topics of Permaculture design are applicable to a wide variety of homesteading builds. Permaculture design thinking is efficient and is meant to mimic natural ecosystems. However, Permaculture can be an intimidating topic to tackle, knowing that short courses in permaculture are meant to last a minimum of 72 hours. Zoning is one of those …

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How To Build a Composting Toilet (+ Best Practices)

I what follows I’ll explain and feature the composting toilet, an eco-friendly and permaculture-compliant alternative to flush toilets. Different settings of composting toilets will be compared, and both advantages and limitations discussed. Composting toilets are almost certainly an ancient technology that predates literate society. The simplest composting toilet design possible may involve a hole in …

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Hügelkultur in Permaculture Everything You Need To Know

In this article, we will discuss the old-fashioned technique of hügelkultur building on the homestead scale. Hügelkultur is a German word that translates directly to ‘hill culture’, which means growing plants on a mixed mound of decaying wood, plants and soil. The mound is typically built directly on to the ground, which effectively creates a …

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