Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Stephen Haley says:

    I think patterning is one of the most critical concepts for students to learn. For example, when I first moved into my current house my first garden beds were placed for visual effect. I failed to take solar movement into account. The beds are shaded most of the day and the plants I wanted to grow didn’t do well. Since then I have changed these beds to leafy green and herbs which do better with less direct light.

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  • Amanda Duque says:

    My favorite lesson thus far.

    I would recommend darkening the scroll bar. Its difficult to find it when trying to scroll down to comment or rate.

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    • Bret James says:

      Great! Thanks for the feedback though note that scroll bar design is dictated by your browser and not the website – otherwise it would be a good idea!

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  • Jesse Beddingfield says:

    Awesome lesson! I love math. Fibonacci=math=nature

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  • Steve says:

    When looking for land, I found using Google Earth was perfect to see the topography in 3D and also see it from a zoomed out view to see the bigger pattern. Also, the USGS has watershed information that should help us locate properties with good groundwater resources. https://water.usgs.gov/wsc/index.html

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  • very useful! I would like to know if there is an exhaustive check list to help our observation. The 10 examples are really useful and visuals. But apparently, there are also ‘moving’ patterns like sun movements or migrations or how animas/insects cross the territority. Can is be called a pattern as well? thanks!

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    • Bret James says:

      At this time I do not have nor am aware of a complete list 🙁 And yes patterns do MOVE just as you described! Patterns in time is what these are called.

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    • Steve says:

      Solar companies use software to provide maps with annual sun exposure for production purposes. I’m sure you could find a free trial for one or two of them. They’re nice because they can determine shading for all the trees on the property.

      NASA has an awesome site that has TONS of data.: https://power.larc.nasa.gov/data-access-viewer/

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  • Loren Vansant says:

    WOW! Really enjoyed getting further into details in patterns. Understanding them will truly be helpful in planning out my homestead and finding ways to help things thrive much easier.

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  • Mariah Wannberg says:

    I am really looking forward to the third track to witness how patterns have influenced your own application. I love hearing of the concept but don’t think I can fully appreciate or have the importance of patterns fully resinate until I’m able to observe how they have impacted your homestead. Can’t wait for the edge effect lesson!

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    • Bret James says:

      It is a difficult one to fully grasp and its infinitely deep as well – I am continually learning more and more about patterns. Time in one location seems to be the best teacher of patterns.

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  • candace caines says:

    I seen a post before saying that when the alders start to bud it means maples are ready to be tapped. You know if that’s true?

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    • candace caines says:

      I’ve also heard that when you see the first dandelions popping up it means frost has past.

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      • Bret James says:

        Hmmm, interesting but my THOUGHT would be that isn’t true, simply because minor climate patterns like that are less related with stages of plant growth. BUT I will say that nature and its infinite intelligence is amazing and it knows a lot more than we give it credit for 🙂

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    • Bret James says:

      I can’t speak from experience but it so that would one pattern! Similarly for us, when I see certain plants flower I know what is coming next, the Western Flowers show up and next the crimson clover will follow.

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  • Kimberly Groome says:

    “Patterns that work are pure natural efficiency”
    What an amazingly simple way to explain how to work with nature, just observe. Im going to be spotting patterns and documenting them, especially in the spring time.

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    • Bret James says:

      Spring is great to see water, blooms, plant growth, climate and so much more! Observing is so simple but so powerful – yet hard to do sometimes. Its almost a meditative state. But once the observation is made that knowledge becomes power to either keep going, make a change, or research /learn / observe more.

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