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The permaculture movement seems to be coming into its own. It’s easy to see why. In a world of climate change and destruction of nature, the tenants of permaculture, involving community sharing, earth care, and people care, are more important than ever. It may seem intimidating, but many of permaculture proponents recommend starting slow and building up your skills over time. It doesn’t have to be a huge worldview shift. There are steps even the most dedicated urbanites can take to start a sustainable permaculture project in their own area.
There are few hobbies as relaxing and rewarding as gardening, but it can be very costly. Seeds, soil, fertilizer, tools and more can put a dent in your wallet big enough to make you reconsider simply buying vegetables and flowers from the store. However, there are many easy ways to save money on your garden.
Whether you are caring for a lush vegetable garden or a flowerbed for pollinators, verticillium wilt is a threat. The best way to deal with this dreaded plant disease is avoiding it, but before you can protect your plants, you must first understand this deadly plant nemesis.
Hugelkultur, meaning "hill culture" in German, is an agricultural principle using plant and tree biomass to mimic woodland decomposition. Typically, large mounds of logs and plant material are layered directly on the ground and then covered with a layer of soil to make a steep-sided raised bed. Some Hugelkultur beds can reach 6 feet tall or more, though it is also possible to keep the height near ground level. Hugelkultur has been utilized for centuries in Germany and has recently found favor with the permaculture movement and organic gardeners due to its sustainability and low impact.
There are very few logical reasons why anyone with a backyard or garden shouldn't be composting. In addition to promoting a more bountiful and healthier harvest, the process also helps prevent the propagation of landfills, which are systematically destroying many of Earth's natural ecosystems. Biodegradable waste typically makes up 30% of a household's outgoing garbage. Simple re-appropriation cuts down food expenses, as well as garden and lawn maintenance costs.
Large-scale, commercial vegetable, fruit, and flower growers have long recognized the economic and resource-saving benefits of using drip irrigation systems. With the large range of low-cost, easy to install, DIY, drip irrigation systems now available, nearly every grower and home gardener can take advantage them.