Getting Started in Permaculture: 50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens

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Permaculture experts Ross and Jenny Mars outline the steps to transform your garden into a productive living system. Modeled upon the development of Candlelight Farm, and illustrated with photographs, this guide encourages the reader to make positive steps towards reconciling human impact with nature - following the permaculture ideal.

Permaculture is based on the ethics of caring for people and our planet. It is about growing your own healthy food, being resourceful and ...

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Overview

Permaculture experts Ross and Jenny Mars outline the steps to transform your garden into a productive living system. Modeled upon the development of Candlelight Farm, and illustrated with photographs, this guide encourages the reader to make positive steps towards reconciling human impact with nature - following the permaculture ideal.

Permaculture is based on the ethics of caring for people and our planet. It is about growing your own healthy food, being resourceful and environmentally responsible. Permaculture concepts and ideas can be applied successfully from small suburban units to large farming properties.

Getting Started in Permaculture delivers step-by-step knowledge for a variety of useful projects including: making herb fertilizers, compost, organic sprays for pest control, and much, much more. It also includes how to recycle your soft drink bottles, waste paper, and tires in a number of useful projects such as ponds, fruit fly traps, retailing walls, and solar stills.

As part of Permanent Publications Simple Living Series, this practical and accessible guide for gardeners of all skill levels serves as an ideal introduction to the world of permaculture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856230353
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications
  • Publication date: 10/17/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 669,320
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Mars is an experienced permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. He is a qualified high school teacher and has been actively involved in permaculture education in schools. He is the author of the well known text The Basics of Permaculture Design and has also produced an educational video on energy efficient housing called Passive Solar Design of Buildings.

Jennifer Mars is well known in Western Australia as a permaculture educator. She is a primary school teacher who has contributed to the promotion of permaculture and sustainable living in both urban and rural areas. Jenny and Ross Mars are in the process of developing their property in Hovea as a permaculture demonstration site.

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Table of Contents


What Is Permaculture     1
Recycling Tyres     5
A herb mound     5
A tyre pond     7
Retaining wall     9
Other projects     10
Recycling Plastic Bottles     13
Re-using oil containers     13
Soft drink bottles     14
Newspaper Pots     22
Organic Pest Control     24
Sheet Mulching     28
Basic technique     28
Circle garden beds     31
Mandala garden     33
Planting trees     36
Making Compost     38
Natural Liquid Fertilisers     43
Comfrey     43
Seaweed     44
All purpose herb fertiliser     45
Poultry manure     46
Worm castings     46
Earthworm Farm     48
Mini-farm     48
Ben Hur Model     50
Large scale worm farm     53
Hothouses     55
Mini-hothouse     55
Cold frame     56
Larger hothouse     57
Shadehouses     62
A simple shadehouse     62
A geodesic dome     63
Animal Tractors     68
Environmentally Responsible Living     73
Making soap     73
Hand-made paper     75
Household cleaning products     77
Haybox Cooker     83
Determining Levels     87
'A' frame level     87
Bunyip (water) level     88
Propagating Plants     92
Making labels     92
Collecting seed     93
Germinating seed     95
Cuttings     96
Ground layering     98
Bird-attracting Projects     102
Further Reading     103
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