Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Aaron Buechter says:

    I have a question in regards to the concept of using what’s already there.

    I just moved into my first home. The previous owner did the typical manicured landscape job. They planted numerous, what look to be, Spirea and sage bushes as well as a Quince tree and another I’m unsure of All planted around islands of grass. These bushes and trees do well in our climate and I may keep some in my design. Just so I’m clear: “Using what is already there” applies to naturally occurring and human planted plants/shrubs/trees etc?

    Cheers

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    • Bret James says:

      I would say use what is there if possible – for example some people cut down pine trees and throw them away and then pay to bring in oak firewood.

      Don’t remove plants that are not in the way because they serve SOME function. But if you need room / space to plant something productive then by all means remove the plant. Just be sure to use it somehow – chip it up and mulch with it, compost it, use it for any purpose you can find instead of just throwing it away 🙂

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  • Loren Vansant says:

    WOW! I found this very helpful and educational and a great reminder to not rush in to try to get everything done at once. To look at everything and then see where it is in the Succession and then see what I can do to add into the design or plan out for as it goes through the natural succession.

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  • Jennifer Hadley says:

    This lesson was absolutely necessary for me! Here I was thinking that I was just going to create my food forest next spring, after just putting the mulch down this year. Again, a much needed lesson in patience. Thank you!

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  • Lee Raynor says:

    Loved this lesson! It’s refreshing view for me to stop cursing all the weeds in my garden which are just doing their best to cover the bare earth.
    It would be great to have the diagram as a link to print out when you get a chance.

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    • Bret James says:

      It is so true. Even for myself, just last night I was in the garden and Mullen has really taken a hold in one corner and it takes constant reminding that it is doing a job there. Especially since that area of the garden is not currently planted! Which. Regarding the diagrams – we are starting to create downloadable sheets with notes and diagrams in Module 6 and will be working backward updating older modules this fall with downloadable slides and notes. Also you can screen shot the diagrams in the videos for the time being.

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      • Lawrence Bermann says:

        Are you going to have a single place to download all of the sheets and info in one place? I’m looking at getting a binder together to walk clients through in a sequential order.

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        • Bret James says:

          I think that is a great idea – likely will happen early next year when we re-organize the course (now that it’s filled out we can see how to make it easier to use / manage thanks to peoples feedback such as yours!)

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      • Lawrence Bermann says:

        This one is particularly useful. Living in the mountains at 8000 ft there is mostly bare earth, rocks and some pine trees. I have been using the trees and slash I am taking down to start some hugoculture (please excuse the spelling) beds and am trying to figure out how to build the rest of the soil. I have some access to various types of manure, and am planning on chickens and silver fox rabbits. I would like to plant soil building plants to increase biomass and keep off site inputs as low as possible. Any suggestions for good soil builders? I use to get the soil builder mix at Rare Earth when we still lived in Smartsville.

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        • Bret James says:

          Hey Lawrence!

          I actually do like the soil building mixes because you include the nutrient accumulators in with the plants that generate lots of green manure. The Peaceful Valley Farm Supply soil builder is what I have used with good results, and I seeded quite densely and covered with straw in the areas that were especially rocky / steep. Also, implementing on contour erosion mitigation strategies ahead of time, to prevent the soil / organic matter from leaving the site as you build it. Things like downed trees, branches on contour across slopes are perfect – esp if you have forested land to manage!

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  • Mike Allen says:

    This was just what I needed! Thank you!

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  • Sia Metta says:

    you forgot to edit this one! I actually really appreciated and enjoyed the first like 2 minutes and was happy you’d kept it in there. but there are no charts or images!!

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    • Bret James says:

      Ha, oh boy at least its not the one where I was cursing like a sailor haha! I’ll upload the edited version with the ever-so-helpful diagrams tomorrow. Thanks for the note Sia!

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