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Tag Archives: permaculture

  • What Should I Do?
    Phil Williams

    Zone 1 & 2 Food Forestry Project

    Building edible landscapes
    by Phil Williams

    Friday, October 16, 2015, 3:09 AM

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    I’ve been planning a food forest project over the winter. My plan was to reduce the size of my annual garden, remove grass space, add diversity, and future habitat for ducks in the form of a zone 1 and 2 food forest. My plan was to have at least one nitrogen fixer per productive fruit tree, comfrey under fruit trees, and to use higher value and higher maintenance grafted fruit trees.

    I feel that it is appropriate to have some grafted fruit trees in zone 1 & 2 because maintenance is easier close in, and management is more intensive in this space. When you move out to zone 3 & 4 I feel grafted fruit trees are not appropriate as maintenance should be less here. My zone 3 & 4 food forests contain native non-grafted species that do not require much maintenance but also produce lower quality fruit. There are three main areas that I designed.

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  • Daily Prep
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    The Permaculture City

    A new book resource for the library
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 10:30 PM

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    A new book by Toby Hemenway. The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food―connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways―applies perfectly to many of our other needs.

    The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience

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  • What Should I Do?
    Fire the Landscaper - How Landscapers, HOAs, and Cultural Norms Are Poisoning Our Properties

    Fire the Landscaper – How Landscapers, HOAs, and Cultural Norms Are Poisoning Our Properties

    A new book by Phil Williams
    by Phil Williams

    Thursday, September 10, 2015, 3:08 PM

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    We are please to announce the new book by Peak Prosperity member and permaculture contributing author – Phil Williams.  Below is the book trailer, the Amazon description, and a few words from Phil about his generous offer for a free download of his new book for Peak Prosperity members.  Congratulations on the new book Phil!

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  • What Should I Do?
    Apple Tree in Bloom

    Direct Seeding Trees and Shrubs

    Understanding the benefits
    by Phil Williams

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 12:52 AM

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    I have planted well over a thousand trees and shrubs on my permaculture site. I have tried bare root, potted, long tap root pots, and seedlings. The problem with all of these options for plant material is that it is not the same as a tree that is planted from seed and is never moved. A tree that is seeded in place has a huge advantage in that it has its taproot intact, and it never had to go through transplant shock. The negative is that for certain seed like apples and pears, you will not get a true to type plant. If you plant a seed from a Gala Apple, the apple tree will not be a Gala.

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  • What Should I Do?
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    Farmer Phil’s Permaculture: The Original Permaculture Children’s Book

    Free book for Peak Prosperity readers!
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, July 6, 2015, 10:25 PM

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    Most of the permaculture books and material you see is geared toward adults with at least a basic knowledge of the design science. My wife Denise and I feel strongly that children are under served in the permaculture world.

    This is why we wrote a permaculture children’s picture book. This book is a great way to introduce young children to permaculture concepts. It is the original and the only permaculture children’s storybook in existence. As a thank you to Peak Prosperity readers, I am giving away a free PDF of the book for everyone to try. The download is at the bottom of this article.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Phil Williams

    How to Build and Plant Large Hugelkultur Berms

    The steps to creating fertile plants spaces
    by Phil Williams

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 4:02 PM

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    Hugelkultur is basically soil over wood. Hugel beds can be any size, use different sizes of stumps and branches, and different decomposition stages of the wood & different types of wood. There are allelopathic trees that you would not want to dominate your wood. It is OK to have a little black walnut, spruce, or hackberry but these alellopathic trees should not predominate. Also, if you use mostly pine, you will end up with more acidity in the soil.

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  • Podcast

    Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser: Sustainable Farming 2.0

    Producing more food, and more profits -- sustainably
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7:12 PM

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    Here at Peak Prosperity, we're continuously on the hunt for new models that offer promise for a better future. These tend to be models of stewardship and sustainability, which contrast starkly with society's current focus on resource consumption and exploitation.

    The farming model being pioneered at Singing Frogs Farm, a small micro-farm in northern California is one such example of doing things "right". Developed over years of combining bio-intensive land/forestry management theory with empirical trial & error, the farming practices at Singing Frogs have produced astounding results.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Alfalfa: Phil Williams

    Growing Nitrogen Fixing Plants

    Great garden companions for fertility
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:38 PM

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    For those of you into permaculture, you know the importance of nitrogen fixing plants. These plants, especially when pruned release nitrogen into the soil, helping to boost fertility to the plants nearby. By practicing chop and drop when moisture exceeds evaporation, you can supercharge the establishment of a food forest, or a timber forest. These plants can also be great companions in a garden or orchard. Be careful in the garden, as some nitrogen fixers can be invasive.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Wall Construction: Phil Williams

    How to Build an Earthen Pond and Dam Wall

    Steps to constructing an earthen pond
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, February 23, 2015, 7:19 PM

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    It is extremely important that you choose your pond site wisely before bringing in the heavy equipment. I addressed how to do this in my pond planning article. In this article, we use the existing topography and soil types to make the best pond site choices.

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  • What Should I Do?

    9 Permaculture / Garden Books for the Resilient Homestead

    Books for every great reference library
    by Phil Williams

    Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7:58 PM

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    When seeking ideas and solutions to your permiculture and homesteading projects, its always good to have a few key resources to reference and provide inspiration.  Here are a few of my favorite books to help in giving guidance and knowledge and make your next project wonderfully successful.

    Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, Bill Mollison

    For the hard core permaculture designer. This is more of a reference book than a book you would sit down and read cover to cover. It is filled with incredible detail on designing in every climate. This permaculture book has more information than any other in existence.

     

     

     

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