Saturday, October 11, 2014

Backyard Permaculture

Sometimes when people think of Permaculture, they think of acres and acres of land, with cows or goats and chickens and large gardens and food forests grown to feed a community.  That can be a daunting thought for those of us living in the city or on suburban lots.  The feeling is that, while those large projects are necessary, I will not actually be able to participate in that abundance.  I am here to tell you that is absolutely not true.  In fact, given some sunlight and care, one can produce healthy food, provide some wildlife habitat, compost all of their food wastes, harvest and conserve water, perhaps have some (very small) livestock.  True, you are probably not breeding and raising livestock in this environment, but you could have fresh eggs and good compost for your garden.  And you would be creating a lush, abundant close-to-ecosystem right in your own backyard or patio.   Here is one idea for a 20 ft x 20 ft western facing concrete patio.  No, it isn't a fully contained ecosystem, but it sure is more Earth friendly than some options, and can be a beautiful oasis for you to come home to after a day at work.

Features include:
A - 2 1/2 ft x 8 ft garden bed
B - 2 1/2 ft x 8 ft garden bed
C/D - Mobile BBQ Station with table
E - Patio Umbrella
F - Worm Composting Bench
G - Patio Table (about 3 1/2 ft diameter)
H - "Bistro" or small patio chairs, stacking or folding
I - 55 gal. drum water catchment
J - Waterproof 5 gal bucket with lid for chicken food
K - 2 1/2 ft x 8 ft garden bed
L - Rotating Compost Bin
M - 6 ft x 10 ft Pen for 3 chickens
N - Kitchen Window
O - Sliding Glass Door
P - Living Room or Bed Room Window

Please contact me for more information about this
or any other Permaculture and Preparedness topic.

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