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Permaculture Garden Tips and Pictures: Natural Eco Friendly Gardening

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Have you ever looked out your kitchen window, sighed and thought, you could really spruce up your backyard. Maybe your garden is looking sad and you feel you can utilize your space better by making it more functional. Well in this post, I will point out some of the things you can do to improve your space and work with nature versus against it.

Turning Imaginations into Reality

When you stroll into your backyard, you close your eyes and envision a mini oasis that is fruitful and self-sustaining. It certainly can be achieved. If you look at some of the fundamentals of permaculture, you will be able to identify some basic and natural designs and principles that can be implemented easily into your own space. Permaculture is just taking naturally occurring processes in nature and applying it into your space while making perfect ecological and economic sense. Put more simply, it should look beautiful, maintain itself through design, and as a result, an outcome that provides for you and others.

So let’s talk about some of the basics of Permaculture and how you can retro fit your garden. Adding some permaculture principles is all about making your garden self-sustaining, less wasteful, more reliant on renewable sources of energy and as friendly as possible to wildlife. You are trying to turn your boring, uninteresting and insensible garden into a biologically diverse, pretty, productive one.

Simple tips to keep in mind:

  • Harvest Rainwater and use it accordingly and wisely.
  • All garden waste should be recycled and or composted.
  • Find out what areas of your garden harness energy and reduce it in any way you see fit.
  • Use sunlight energy in any you can.
  • Add animal friendly habitats that will work in your garden’s favor.
  • Enhance your soil with compost and green waste.
  • Grow specific flowers to attract pest-controlling insects.
  • Mulch away! By mulching, you will create soil moisture and stop weeds from growing out of control.
  • Create special areas for relaxation that are functional for family friends to hang out.
  • Make sure to have your own supply of food growing to add your thriving eco system.
  • Use recycled materials and/or reclaimed tools to maintain your garden.
  • Use organic pest controlling agents.

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Some of these things I’m sure you may already do. Of course, they don’t have to be done all at once. But little by little, you can add things and make changes to your desired outcome. Buying a book on permaculture design could be really helpful. There are a lot of resources online too, to help make your garden work as closely to nature as possible. For now, you can start thinking about ways to construct your garden and try to adopt a permaculturist outlook.   

Get rid of un-functional grass in trade of an orchard

An example to utilize permaculture in a regular old backyard is to rid of all high maintenance “non yielding” spaces. For instance, a lawn could be replaced by an orchard with a space nearby for wild flowers to flourish. By adding the flowers, it attracts beneficial wildlife and insect’s thus creating biodiversity as seen in nature.

Raised Veggie Beds & Sheet Mulching

Another example is traditional vegetable rows of the same crop need to go. Using green manure and sheet mulching comes into play for planning out your garden opposed to digging digging and more digging. Small raised veggie garden beds are a staple of permaculture designs.

Chicken runs, bat boxes, & mini frog ponds

Having a chicken run in your backyard may not be realistic for suburban dwellers. Although I know some people that do it.  It can really help with pest control and provide eggs for you as well as work well with surrounding applications. If you feel ambitious things like ponds for frogs and bird and bat-boxes can be used to attract necessary wildlife that will come in handy for those unwanted pests in summer.

Location Location Location

Placements of herbs and salad fixings should be nearest the kitchen. It makes sense to put lower maintenance plant life in less accessible areas. The strategic placement of your plants, flowers, and veggies will prove to make your garden more efficient.

Dandelions and weeds are not the enemy

Things in nature like dandelions and weeds tend to be the enemy in a traditional lawn or garden space. Dandelions have many edible uses and weeds can aid you with creating green mulch and will then in turn help provide for your veggie garden.  Learning to work with nature instead of against it is the primary goal.  Here is a great video of a woman on her homestead applying a sheet mulch method with weeds to her garden.

Yield twice as much with Worm Farms!

Worm farms are ideal for kitchen scraps and organic matter. A worm tower can easily be made within your garden as well and can turn an average yielding garden into a highly abundant one. They are easy to make and beneficial to all living things around them!

 

EcoNote:
Permaculturists are usually naturalists, so when thinking about your garden you should adopt an all-natural way of thinking. I hope some of these basic tips will help you be in tune with mother nature’s habits next time you’re gazing at your backyard space.

 

Here is an example of removing  a high maintenance element like grass in a backyard space and adding in raised veggie beds.

Photo Credit: Some right reserved by London Permaculture via Flickr.

Here is a perfect example of reusing items for your permaculture garden. Any reclaimed or salvaged  materials will do!

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by Cecilia Macaulay via Flickr.

Below is a wonderful illustration of a flow form used often in permaculture design.  This station garden Flowform pond is designed to do multiple good things.

The swirling Flowform waterfall oxygenates and enlivens the reclaimed rainwater, the swishing sounds soothe weary passengers who linger in its atmosphere.

The purple-themed waterside edibles and beautifuls inspire viewers to get planting at home, and soon the whole town is dappled with green, loved shade-spots and water-gardens.

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by Cecilia Macaulay via Flickr.

In the picture below is a mini frog pond implemented into a home permaculture garden. You don’t need to dig a giant hole in your yard, but simply use recycled materials to make a miniature size pond that can add biodiversity to your garden and keep unwanted pests away.

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by sissi de kroon via Flickr.

A lovely permaculture design…Beautifully incorporating nature’s language into your peronal landscape.

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by Sterlic via Flickr.

Below showcases a prime example of how a permaculture garden can reap healthy and fruitful rewards for you and your family.

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by Valomni via Flickr.

In the picture below shows a man building a willow raised bed in his garden.

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by Rjabinnik and Rounien via Flickr.

This next picture shows how animals and permaculture go hand in hand.

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by HardworkingHippy via Flickr.

Featured below is a picture on a class called “Permaculture in Your Apartment.” This girl is learning how to make worm bins for organic compost.

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by redclovercollective via Flickr.

And lastly permaculture is about community and helping others. Many cities offer classes on permaculture and there is usually somewhere you can tour a permaculture garden to gain some useful knowledge and apply it to your own space. Permaculture is based off of three principles Care for Earth, Care for People, and Return the Surplus. Those seem like lovely principles to live by :) Good luck with your adventure into a permaculture lifestyle!

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by milk wooders via Flickr.

 

Photo Credit: Some rights reserved by milkwooders, Oldscollege, cecilia Macalay via Flickr.

Angie Tarantino
About Angie Tarantino (151 Posts)

Angie Tarantino is a contributor and part founder of The Environmental Blog. She covers animal rights, green tips and general green news topics She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Follow @EcoChic314


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