Permaculture garden

Permaculture garden is a garden that is designed and run according to the principles of permaculture. Permaculture is a branch of eco-design, engineering and landscape design, developing sustainable frameworks and self-sufficient agricultural systems that are based on the natural ecosystems. Permaculture garden is garden that is managed sustainable.

The are three core foundations of permaculture.

Care of the soil. Healthy soil is basis for healthy food. Without healthy soil, humans can not flourish.

Care of the people. People should have free access to the resources that are important for their existence.

Return of surpluses. Everything that is produced and not used, must return to the system. This includes waste recycling and reusing.

Based on the foundations there have been developed 12 principles of permaculture:

  1. observe and interact,
  2. catch and store energy ,
  3. obtain a yield,
  4. apply self-regulation and accept feedback,
  5. do not produce waste,
  6. use and value renewable resources,
  7. design from patterns to details,
  8. integrate rather than segregate,
  9. use small and slow solutions,
  10. use and value diversity,
  11. use edges and value the marginal,
  12. creatively use and respond to changes.

Permaculture garden respects all 12 principles. We avoid using chemical products and fertilizers. We monitor growth of vegetables and we take action if necessary. We plant what grows naturally in our environment. We recycle everything possible.

There are several books about permacultural garden. One very well know author is Sepp Holzer, who has permaculture farm in the Austrian Alps and promotes his own branch of permaculture "Holzer Permaculture."