What’s New! April 28, 2013

Geoff Lawton has just released his latest free Permaculture Design video, “Urban Permaculture: The Micro Space“, which features me and my garden”!

Here’s Geoff’s description of his latest free offering:

Nothing beats the productive capacity of the small Urban Permaculture backyard.

It’s more productive per square foot than conventional agriculture. It’s into theses small spaces, that the most changes are being made.

Angelo, was a student of mine who took these Permaculture ideas and changed the way he now grows food.

Angelo has transformed his tiny 650 square foot garden into a Permaculture wonderland full of diversity and abundance.

You won’t believe how much food he gets out of his small space:

We also look at mini swales. People are installing them into their gardens.

You can view this video here:

http://www.geofflawton.net/urban/?10033

Just in case anybody missed the previous free releases, you can find them at:

http://www.geofflawton.net/property/?10033

Enjoy!

 
 
 
 

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5 Responses to What’s New! April 28, 2013

  1. Gil Palmer says:

    You have a wonderful demonstration site and it is truly an inspiration. I do have some questions, though. The fence surrounding one of the sides looks like corrugated metal painted white. I wonder whether your neighbor put that up or you had a reason not to use a productive living fence there (willow, bamboo, thorny berry bushes, etc.). I can see trellis in front of the fence; it looks like you plan for something there. Perhaps you wanted to use the reflective heat coming off the wall there to create a microclimate for the plants growing within?

    Also, about the inputs, this must have cost many thousands of dollars to put in. As a demonstration of possibilities, great. But just how practical; i.e., affordable, is such a project for those who need it most to survive in urban areas — those living in the inner cities or impoverished small towns with few financial resources? Okay, the principles are the same, but a worst-case scenario might have been a better demonstration of what can be done.

    …[edited for relevance]…

    Thanks

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    • Blackthorn says:

      Hi Gil, thanks for the nice comments.

      To answer your questions:

      One of the side fences is a Colorbond® steel fence, not my choice, these fences look neat and tidy but are almost impossible to attach anything to, especially plants, so a trellis has been erected in front of it, with two wires running the whole length. I’m using this for one of my most vigorous trailing berries, a silvanberry, the canes can reach 6-7 metres in length. The back fence is galvanised corrugated iron, and is covered from top to bottom in a wire mesh with a 10cm wide grid (big enough to fit hands through) attached to the timber fence posts. On this I have a passionfruit, a tayberry, a boysenberry and a loganberry, two varieties of dragonfruit and an Australian native bush food plant, and appleberry. A good permaculture designer learns to work with what they’ve got, even if conditions are less than ideal, they rarely ever are in real world design!

      In regards to inputs, no, this garden thankfully did not cost many thousands! To me it is important that others can do what I have done, and cheaply at that. For this reason I emphasis soft lanscaping – designing with plants, not hard landscaping with expensive building materials! Consistent with the sites policy of sharing all relevant information, all costings have been published and disclosed back in April 2011 – you can find the link to the information on the “Articles and Discussions” page – https://deepgreenpermaculture.com/articles-and-discussions-2/ if you select the link to the article “Lessons from an Urban Back Yard Food Forest Experiment” (I wrote for the article for Permaculture Research Institute, it’s published on their site, but linked to from here). The direct link to the article is: http://permaculture.org.au/2011/04/13/lessons-from-an-urban-back-yard-food-forest-experiment/

      Please keep in mind that many trees and plants can simply be propagated for free, and many materials can be acquired for little to no cost, especially if they are recycled. I designed a small food forest garden for a community garden which is thriving now (will detail in a future article), and we built it with zero budget, all donations and propagation. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you doubt how many plants you can produce for free, check out the links at the bottom right hand side of the page, the Merristem project is a community greenhouse project group that I worked with that propagate all manner of edible permaculture plants and trees in vast quantities to supply the local communities, it can be done, I assure you, it is being done.

      Regards

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  2. Frank says:

    Hi Angelo. You were an inspiration. Thank you very much for your generosity in letting us showcase your Urban garden. Lots of great comments on Geoff’s site from people who enjoyed seeing your wonderful system and able to share in your knowledge.

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  3. gem says:

    When I first discovered Permaculture a few months ago I found your site almost immediately and have read almost everything. What a treasure you are! Thank you so much Angelo. I promise to pay it forward and do my part to infect the world with Permaculture!

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  4. Marek says:

    Angelo, I knew your website and saw Geoff’s video, but did not connect the two until reading this comment.

    Now I have a feeling I know you much better:-) You have been a source of knowledge and an inspiration for many a gardener. Keep up the good work.

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