Tag Archives: water harvesting

Two New Videos on Permaculture Terrace Creation

Here are two new videos on building terraces.  These methods will work best in areas with a gentle slope, a source of fill and organic matter on site or at low cost and lots of rocks available.  The basic principles though can be employed anywhere.  These videos are part of a growing series that is now 15 videos long, if you want the entire play list you can find it here.

Episode-923- Geoff Lawton on Site Selection, Main Frame Earthworks, GMOs and More

Geoff Lawton - Managing Director of PRI Australia

Geoff Lawton – Managing Director of PRI Australia

Since 1985, Geoff Lawton has undertaken 1,000’s of jobs consulting, designing, teaching and implementing in seventeen different countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non government organizations and multinational companies.

In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute on the 147 acre Tagari Farm previously developed by Bill. Geoff Lawton developed the site over three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute as a registered charity and global Networking centre for Permaculture projects. Geoff Lawton is the managing director of The Permaculture Research Institute.

Geoff joins us on TSP today to discuss site selection in both the suburbs and rural areas.  We also discuss the threat of GMOs and two “almost disasters” related to GMOs most people have never heard of.  A huge problem and even bigger opportunity with the Mississippi river.  The challenges of desert permaculture and why we should focus on “marginal desert areas” first as we begin to repair man caused desertification.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-389- Ten Gardening Steps to Get Ready for Spring

It is March 2nd and much of the North East just got over “Snowercane 10″, heck I am in Texas and I had an inch of snow last week and over 10 inches just two weeks ago.  The northern half of the country has ground that is currently still frozen and I want to talk about gardening?  You bet!  The thaw is coming and odds are many are already behind the power curve.

Join me today as we discuss these steps

  • Draw a sketch of your property including energy patterns
  • Pick a few edible perennials to get up and running this year
  • Estimate and plan for your planting dates
  • Set up your late frost contingency plans
  • Go through your potting equipment, clean, sort, organize
  • Walk your entire property with new eyes
  • Plan at least one passive water harvesting project for 2010
  • Plan or begin the development of predator habitat
  • Identify what is growing now and learn from that
  • Plan one “hard scape” project for 2010

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-351- An Interview with Bill Wilson about Permaculutre

Join me today as I interview Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture to discuss the concept of Permaculture and the commonalities between the Permaculture and Survivalist communities.  Bill is an amazing guy that followed his dream, walked away from a career and created something special.

Join us Today as we Discuss…

  • How Midwest Permaculture came to be
  • What exactly is Permaculture
  • The importance of planning in Permaculture vs. agriculture
  • The training available from Midwest Permaculture
  • What are some of the long term threats we face
  • How can Permaculture address and prevent potential threats to our survival
  • What is a rain garden and how can you build one
  • How much oil is really left (you have got to hear this one)
  • Why Permaculture as a solution vs. other options
  • Who created Permaculture and why it is a true revolution in the traditional sense of the word
  • How many people can be fed with as little as two acres of well managed land
  • Why we all should have green houses in temperate climates

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-199- Methods of Rain Water Harvesting

Today’s show expands on last weeks first show about Permaculture Zones and Layers (Episode 196)  by discussing different methods to harvest and conserve water.  Today’s link section includes some of the best resources i have ever featured on a shows subject matter, I encourage you to check them all out.

Tune in today to hear,

  • Why you don’t have to want to save the planet to benifit highly from water conservation
  • Thoughts on rain barrels and getting water closer to where you plan to use it
  • Thoughts on moving from barrels to underground cisterns or tanks
  • Rain chains a much more attractive way to get water to where you want it than a down spout
  • Harvesting water from outbuildings and greenhouses
  • Converting garbage cans to low cost rain catch barrels
  • The swale and how it can create an oasis even in a salted desert
  • Following contour lines is what makes a swale effective
  • The pond the right way as part of an ecosystem not a hot puddle in the middle of a field
  • Micro ponds and micro swales
  • Intensive mulching actually creates a 1 inch deep lake within the entire surface area of a food forest

Resources for Today’s Show

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