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Easy Home Permaculture: No Money, No Muscle, No Worries

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Easy Home Permaculture: No Money, No Muscle, No Worries

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46 minuti
Feb 17, 2013


The best way to get something done is get someone to do it for you. If you've ever wanted to grow a garden but are put off by all the technicalities, cost and effort that seems to be required then read this book.

This is an easy-to-read guide with easy-to-do tips. No pressure, just potter.
Soon you will be eating your own yummy fresh food without the aching back or the empty purse.

Feb 17, 2013

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Gail Billing is a gardener of many years with certificates in Horticulture and Tropical Horticulture and has studied psychology and social work. Her passions are permaculture, animals and self development. She recently spent five years 'off the grid' in outback Northern Territory in Australia with no power, running water, phone or internet and leaving a small environmental footprint. She and her then partner dealt with floods, drought, huge snakes, wild buffalo, cattle and feral pigs and the occasional crocodile. They grew a lot of their own food and enjoyed being close to nature in a very sparsely populated area surrounded by vast cattle stations, Aboriginal land and the iconic Litchfield Park, with spectacular bush and storms, sunrises and sunsets. Gail then moved to Queensland where she survived a direct hit from the biggest cyclone to ever hit the country and was again without life's 'essentials' for many months. This prompted her to start writing books on dealing with isolation, simple and cheap living, being resourceful and using the resources at hand. She is working on a soon to be published novel on her life and experiences living and facing challenges much as an early pioneer would have. Now in tropical north Queensland and living in an old sugarcane cutters' cottage, she is enjoying catching up with new technology, establishing a new garden and working on writing.

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No Money, No Muscle, No Worries


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A fabulous starting point and intro May 5, 2013

By Gracie

I found this book to be a really great starting point. Knowing very little about permaculture and just having an 'idea' that I'd like to try growing my own produce, I thought this book was rather insightful. It told me about some of the reasons why people choose to grow their own produce, considerations to determine how much is practical to aim for with my size/layout back yard, council considerations (e.g. check if I'm allowed to keep chickens before buying them!), and some really good ideas re how to do things cheaply utilizing what I've already got rather than buying fancy tools and unnecessary pots etc. As a great general knowledge intro to the subject and armed with lots of handy hints and tips, I'm now ready to read on to more technical material re permaculture. At least now I know it's for me before wading through the technical stuff. I recommend if you're new to permaculture you might want to do the same!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - The Most Important Input – YOU

Chapter_3 - Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

Chapter 4 - Design

Chapter 5 - Clearing a Patch

Chapter 6 - Soils

Chapter 7 - Plants and Their Needs

Chapter 8 - Propagation

Chapter 9 - Fertilisers

Chapter 10 - Pest & Disease Control

Chapter 11 - Weed control

Chapter 12 - Chickens

Chapter 1 Introduction

The beauty of Permaculture is that it can be as hard or as easy as you want. You can have your soil tested, garden designed, find out your micro-climate or just get on with it. No matter what country or climate you live in you will get results either way. I would like to share with you what I learned from living 'off-the-grid' for many years, and then living in the aftermath of a cyclone which shut down services and supplies for months afterwards.

The definition of Permaculture is 'Permanent Agriculture' as opposed to replanting each year, and the philosophy is working with – not against – nature to use what you have; not expensive tools and additives, and labour intensive methods. Although annuals are planted, a lot of the emphasis is on perennials or self-seeding crops, reducing the workload and ensuring a continuous supply.

It ties in well with organic methods although you may not be completely organic if you are utilising things not grown or produced organically, such as supermarket vegetable waste in your compost heap or for your chickens.

Of course the developing world has been using Permaculture methods since agriculture began, they just don't call it that. It has only since the advent of the industrial revolution in the west that things started to change, and we are now seeing that most of those changes were not for the better with massive inputs of resources, chemical side effects and soil degradation.

It’s a relief for

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