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An Introduction to Permaculture

Don't know much about Permaculture gardening? Learn how to put the practices of permaculture to use in your own back yard with these top tips from the experts.

Permaculture was derived from two words: permanent and agriculture. The theory is that what we need to do as human beings is live off more permanent species rather than annual crops.

 John Champagne is among Australia's foremost Permaculture Trainers at Brogo Permaculture Gardens and takes us through this revolution in gardening! 

What's the difference between landscape garden and a Permaculture garden?

Permaculture gardening mimics nature and is designed to compliment your own needs. There is a multitude of features and there are no straight lines. With Permaculture gardens, there is also more companion gardening than a landscape architect garden.

Here are a couple of simple ideas to get your started with Permaculture gardening:

  • Use zones - Plants are placed in relation to your house in terms of how often you visit them. Therefore, Zone 1 would be placed closest to your house as they house the veggies/plants you use on a day-to-day basis. 
  • Self seeding - this helps with saving energy. With a bit of light management each generation can be coaxed into providing seeds season after season. Self-seeding crops and plants takes a lot of the work out of gardening!

Learn more from John in the video above!

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