What is the simple difference between permaculture, and sustainable gardening/farming?
Is 1 sort of much more ‘organic’ than the other, and what is the principal advantage of permaculture?
For those of us that have to toil away at a day job, is the establishment of a permaculture regime on our vast tract of land (just below 3 ac) going to be a massively time consuming process, and what can we anticipate to be the yield for our efforts?
PS Asking you is possibly quicker than going through you complete web site, and you really should note that I did use the word ‘basic’ in the query. LOL.
(Just having a bit of a lazy morning, I am).
MEG: Hi Peter
Permaculture is a style technique… Its about designing your production technique to yield as much as possible with as little direct operate as feasible to run it (once it is set up!). That signifies placing the correct element (be it chicken yard, plant, compost bin, wind turbine etc) in the appropriate location to maximise the quantity of function each and every does for you. Its about great old fashioned frequent sense. Begins with understanding the attributes of your land (slope, solar aspect, soil) and harnessing or diverting the forces acting on it (water, frost, wind, sun, fire) for greatest general benefit. Organic gardening is typically incorporated into Permaculture systems as it optimises the biological activity (which therefore functions for the overal productivity), even though minimising inputs (eg. chemicals). Also critical is understanding the work each element can do for you (eg. chickens can weed, fertilise, make compost, provide eggs, meat) and delivering what that element needs to thrive (chickens need to have food, shelter, water, other chickens).
Sustainable farming typically incorporates Permaculture-like functions (e.g. fodder shrubs for livestock, planted contour banks, windbreaks) but there is typically tiny attention to systems design, or overall efficiency, particularly with respect to operator energy.
Thats it in a nutshell