Permaculture guild is rightly referred to some as a farming method where all the elements of a system, plants and animals, interact with one another and work in harmony. If its principles of permaculture guilds are applied rightly, one can realize more sustainable farming. But before delving into permaculture practices that can help realize sustainable farming, let’s look at some of the themes of permaculture guilds.
- Using natural resources
- Diversity rather than monoculture
- Support and use edge effects to create highly productive small-scale structures
- Shape and utilize natural cycles and processes
- Using energy efficiently and practically by working with renewable
- Intensive systems in a small area
With the above themes of permaculture in mind, below are permaculture tips for more sustainable farming.
Go solar: One of the most significant themes of permaculture is efficient use of energy and working with renewable. There are several ways of going solar in regard to permaculture and they include using a solar powered irrigation system to water flowers and herbs. A solar, earth sheltered greenhouse whose temperature is regulated by several drums of water is also a good way to use energy efficiently. A solar drier can help with tinctures, elixirs, and teas while hanging beds can serve as drying shelves and effective way of keeping mice at bay.
Rethink the gardening space: A Hugelkultur refers to a raised garden bed filled with wood and it can be an effective way of saving money on the water used and soil. Rotting wood contains lots of air pockets as well as high levels of nutrients and organic material that are essential for plant growth. Given time, the raised bed helps to increase the fertility of soil by loading it with microorganisms and nutrients. Straw bale gardening is also another way of saving on land and soil expenses as it requires little space and allows for gardening in high density urban areas, parking lots and even roof tops.
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Build permaculture guilds: Permaculture is based on the principal of utilizing natural resources, just as in forests. The simplest way to mimic this is to build a food forest by planting crops that provide for human needs to create a diverse environment as well as multiple layers of vegetation. Permaculture guilds offer a simple solution to building a food forest. For instance, sheet mulching can be used to lay the groundwork for grouping herbs and flowers together, and thus limit competition for resources. The rule is to group plants that complement each other. More about permaculture guilds can be learnt at Open Permaculture School or regenerative leadership institute magazine.