In permaculture we learn from nature, taking it as a model. No dig gardening is an example of good permaculture practice in action as it is so efficient: less work and resources are needed to create a productive, sustainable, wildlife friendly and abundant vegetable garden..
The method we use is ideal for the temperate British climate, where we use a surface mulch of well rotted compost and manure, just an inch or so spread every year. In other climates, deeper mulches are more suitable – good gardening is all about observing what is around you and adapting your growing methods accordingly.
We are very much into cracking on and getting things started. Homeacres was transformed from weedy pasture to a a productive market garden in little more than six months without even a sketch, although we did spend an afternoon working out where the remains of old greenhouses were under the soil so that we could avoid buried strips of concrete! Permaculture is not a dogma, it is adaptable and can be used in a multitude of different ways.
Permaculture can be used by anyone, anywhere from pots in a tiny roof terrace to farming, in education, to designing homes and towns and also in communities.
For more information on Permaculture, I recommend subscribing to Permaculture Magazine – subscribers can access the whole back catalogue of Permaculture Magazine online, an amazing resource. (I write for the magazine but don’t receive any benefits from promoting them, happy to do so as it is really informative.)
Check out the website too as it is full of free, really useful information from around the world.
I think that the best books to read to learn about Permaculture in our climate are those by Patrick Whitefield. He wrote from such a depth of knowledge, experience and deep connection with nature. His website is excellent too. I have heard great things about the online courses and also the residential ones at Ragman’s Lane.
Patrick visited the kitchen garden where I work and wrote this blog about it.