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Permaculture Principle 12: Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Where is change happening in your yard – and in your life? The sun has been a primary change agent. When an old apple tree was struck by lightening and came down, we gained a sunny back yard and a … Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 11: Use Edges and Value the Marginal

Edges can be hard places to work with, but they present a lot of interesting opportunity and natural diversity. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 10: Use and Value Diversity

Diversity is an insurance policy buffering us against disaster, disease and failure. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 9: Use Small and Slow Solutions

Small and slow solutions will be increasingly important in an energy-constrained future. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 8: Integrate Rather than Segregate

The proverb that goes with this principle is “Many hands make light work.” Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 7: Design from Pattern to Detail

Permaculture is a design method that uses zones, sectors, and functions to design from the big picture to the details. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 6: Produce No Waste

Sadly, I think it’s just not possible to get away from packaging waste if you buy food in the American food system. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 5: Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

How do we work with natural systems by using renewable resources? Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 4: Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

For me, this is one of the harder principles to put into action. It’s about setting limits and using resources wisely. I’m certainly not the only one who has a hard time setting limits. Our planet is giving us some … Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 3: Obtain a Yield

This permaculture principle seems obvious, doesn’t it, but I find that it generates some of the most powerful questions I can ask as a gardener. Have I devoted too much of my garden space to plants that aren’t producing much … Continue reading

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