Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Noel King says:

    I loved this lesson! I always felt that nature had a lot more to do with such diverse landscapes than humans ever did. I find it difficult to swallow, “This such plant can’t be brought to where you are because it could become invasive,” when we have purposely destroyed much of our own landscapes far and wide to grow a singular plant for many acres. Not only have we excluded the introduction of a new plant to an area it may not have been, but we then have also forcefully removed all other naturally growing and working together plants in that area. Obviously ruining any natural habitat for the animals.

    This gives me hope the southern Arizona landscape could vastly improve, hopefully before any more aquifers dry up. This lesson, along with Lesson 3.11, is very inspiring and freeing me of guilt of planting anything that isn’t ‘native’ to the area. I’m very excited to purchase some land, my HOA ruled yard may force to to get rid of my chickens, along with any plants I have planted in the ground. Maybe then I can work on my own little piece of restoration and show others how productive the land can be, even without much water.

  • susan tupper says:

    I liked this redefining of native plants cos many governments don’t allow other plants as they may become invasive species. However, with the world getting smaller as people travel so easily, we see so many ecosystems or climates that are similar in different parts of the world and esp. with food plants, I wish they would not be so strict cos some plants would thrive if introduced and provide sustenance to many. Sometimes, I wonder what would happen if I smuggled seeds of plants I know would grow in the south pacific but are not allowed in – many of which grow in south america, africa, and asia, which we do not have yet we have the same climate! On the other hand, we have plants like mangoes and jackfruit that were introduced by the British in the 1800s from India and they are okay and considered native now! With food shortages being a real issue, I think this really needs looking at, like that Russian plant being more beneficial even though it is not native to the region..


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