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USING A HUGEL SWALE IN YOUR PERMACULTURE GUILD

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture | Comments Off on USING A HUGEL SWALE IN YOUR PERMACULTURE GUILD

If you wish to begin using permaculture guilds as a way of food production but are limited by sloping land that leads to storm water runoff that causes erosion and leaches nutrients from your soil, then you may want to consider constructing a hugel swale next to your guild. A hugel swale is simply a land depression or swale built along the contours on your property and filled with easily decomposable wood that breaks down to supply fertilizer to the layers in your guild, conserves water and prevents soil from eroding and being carried down the slope.

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It helps to store water and releases it slowly into the soil underneath to keep it moisturized and facilitate processes such as composting that release nutrients into the soil.

A huge mound/swale is filled with wood chips, rotten wood, logs,  twigs, branches, compost, leaves and other material that is nitrogen fixing. To begin, you dig a sizeable hole next to your permaculture guild and fill it with the required materials, cover it up with a layer of soil and leave it alone for a few weeks to set the decomposition process in motion. You may water it from time to time during dry weather to prevent the composite materials from drying out.  You can have more than one hugel swale designed around different guilds in order to maximize food production and space use. You can also have huge sales on several levels on a slope to capture any runoff that overflows and escapes to lower levels.

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Huge Swales or hugelkultur beds on contours are highly effective methods for setting up permaculture guilds due to the abundance of nutrients from broken down materials, as well as easy access to water from runoff that is stored in the swales. In addition, planting on soil beds along the swales helps to prevent the banks from being washed away. Ensuring consistent mulching will also help your guild to retain moisture even after the water in the swale has been absorbed into the soil. Huge Swales are ideal for gently sloping terrain, but steep slopes may require the digging of terraces and installing the swales on the downside of these. Used correctly, swales can remove the need for constant irrigation of crops save for very dry conditions and droughts.

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Huge Swales and hugelkultur can be a great addition to your permaculture guild if done right, and will provide a consistent supply of moisture and nutrients even during dry season. Using the right materials and correct techniques to design and install these elements will ensure that they function effectively. You can learn more about huge swales and hugelkultur at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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Techniques to Make Compost

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture | Comments Off on Techniques to Make Compost

Today, the composting techniques are just as many as the methods of farming. Here are some composting methods that have stood the test of time.

  • Sheet CompostingGREEN PARENTHOOD 2010 Making Compost at Home

The technique is also known as sheet mulching. It is a good way to put organic matter back into the soil. It involves spreading thin layers of the compost ingredients on the soil surface top. Sheet composting is often employed on a large scale, but you can also do it in your backyard.

  • In-vessel Composting

It is a technique that has become very popular among large-scale producers. It entails composting in a containment system that is enclosed. Most times it is usually a large container that has a cylinder shape. The equipment for this technique is expensive, and it may sometimes limit small sized gardeners. There are smaller vessels that they can use, but they are also pricey. In-vessel composting has benefits in that it has a higher processing speed and you can compost throughout the year in an environment that is highly controlled.

  • Biodynamic Composting

You can employ this technique in both big and small gardens. It is very specific with regards to the compost pile’s shape, the materials to use and the pattern of layering. One major difference between biodynamic composting and other techniques is the preps the technique employs. It uses plant-based additives that are created in a very particular way by highly trained people. The preparations generate compost that is superior to any other.

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  • Anaerobic Composting

It portrays the biological breakdown of living materials by organic anaerobic organisms. Although it is not the most odor friendly method, it is very effective. One benefit of this technique is that it generates more humus in each unit of starting material than any other composting method.

  • Trench Compostingtrench-comp_2

Just like anaerobic composting, the decomposition method in this technique is simple although the breakdown of the materials may take longer in comparison to other techniques.

  • Bokashi Composting

The composting involves making compost through fermentation. To get optimal results, you inoculate the compost materials with a microbial starter culture and place it inside a container that is sealed. You can know more about what this technique involves at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute. The advantage that this technique has been that it generates rich humus in eight weeks.

  • Hot Composting

Also known as dynamic composting, the method is often used by commercial operators. However, there are also some backyard gardeners who use hot composting but it entails too much labor. The benefit is that the composting time has a fast turnaround period.

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Regenerative Leadership Institute Helps In Reforming Lifestyles

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Permaculture | Comments Off on Regenerative Leadership Institute Helps In Reforming Lifestyles

The life today has become very strenuous and hectic for people. The culture has changed and people have started adapting the changes as well. They have turned to a monotonous way of living. It is essential to change this pattern and turn to the ancient pattern of lifestyle where you would find a blessed lifestyle with values, living in serenity. In the olden system people were more involved in a life which constituted values to the core.

They were then close to the nature and lived a simple lifestyle which was in contrast to the present culture where you can find ample effect of modernization in one’s life, the polluted atmosphere where people are running from the morning without having time to focus on other activities of life. Being so much a part of such an atmosphere people have started to forget values on the other hand. The families have shrunk to a larger extent and the time that they devote to their families has also shortened to a larger extent.

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Healthy Living Through Transformation In Lifestyle

It is simple to find out how you are being affected by your lifestyle. You are the best person to identify what you want in life. If you are also one of the victims of the lifestyle change and want to come out of this structural change then the first thing that you should do is to learn what effective steps can be taken to get back to the traditional form of life and hence slowly bring back the cultural changes and values into your life.

The Regenerative Leadership Institute helps people in this regard. These courses are very helpful as it teaches how to inculcate a healthy living style at any point of time. This course will teach you to love your life and would help to develop a positive attitude towards life. The entire change that you would experience during the study is very useful and it is quite result oriented.

Therefore, with the implementation of the little things that they teach you can find healthy changes in your life. This is very essential for every person who wants to have a lifestyle which is inculcated with values. In the program you would find effective solutions which would include meditation, life coaching, community living and development and so on. There is a wide connection between how you practice to live and how you develop a healthy lifestyle for yourself.

The New Change For The Betterment Of The Masses

If you are a victim of the present structural changes, then here is the chance to change the lifestyle to a better one. Join the institute where you would be given professional coaching and from the moment you join you would find a vast change in your lifestyle. This is a simple mode to turn your life into a better one. The changes are for lifetime. It is one time that you need to adopt the change and bring them in practice and you can feel the change for the betterment for lifetime.  These changes can be seen in varied angles.sasp01

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Grow without digging

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Permaculture | Comments Off on Grow without digging

The worst part about gardening and growing outdoor plants is digging. The main reason why we till a soil is to provide the soil less compactness that enables plants better root system at the first place. Still, after some time, soil after it was tilled becomes compact again. What is the reason ? Because of rain, people or animals that walk on soil ? Looks like Regenerative Leadership Institute holds an answer.

Landscape_roots_cross_sec_iStock_000014708681XSmallWhen we speak about the soil as separate medium where creatures live, we constantly forget that the soil is actually a very complex ecosystem with very diverse life. In just one tablespoon soil we have somewhere around 50 billion microbes, while overall number of human population reaches only 7 billion. These organisms can be from Bacteria, Fungi or even Algae family. Now, bacteria establish significant relationship with plant roots while fungi create relationship with tree roots, so in that way roots can access important nutrients. Not only they provide mentioned nutrients, but also improve a soil structure for easier water and air movement, while controlling diseases at the same time. 

When we turn over soil, it exposes its delicate system to the air and sun, and ultraviolet rays of sun sterilize the soul and make the soil dry, which results in killing organisms. Besides losing crucial nutrients, such as carbon or nitrogen, it also loses organic matter which leads to poor water retaining. In this way, we destroyed a delicacy of the soil, formed again a compact soil and increased soil erosion. Simply, we damaged a whole world. 

Tillage is the practice that a lot of people use around the world. They have found out that when they dig the soil, fertility goes up and plants have much better conditions for grow. The reason for better growth is actually a presence of those microorganisms that were brought to the top. They have been killed and by digging and they have released their nutrients to the soil, which stimulates the growth. But the biggest problem is that this works only once. After this, your plants become more prone to various diseases and plus, they require more fertilizer than before. To correct that, we put different chemical fertilizers that kill soil life afterwards, which is not at all an example of organic grow and what also crosses with the theory of Vladislav Davidzon. Therefore, we can conclude that digging is not a solution for better plant growth – it is actually a bad practice that brings good only in the beginning, while later on we have a lack of natural nutrients and lack of natural soil ecosystem structure. 

In order to live within the rhythm of nature, we have to think about all the ecosystems and how they contribute to our nature. Human presence is somehow centralized in urban areas, which decreases the level of eco-awareness and leads to use of chemical add for developing of a bio diversity. This is why Regenerative Leadership Institute or regenerative cell institute takes first place in permaculture, teaching us to understand the ecosystem and its structure. 

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Permaculture, a way to change the world

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Permaculture, Regenerative leadership institute | Comments Off on Permaculture, a way to change the world

146a637Regenerative Leadership Institute is a worldwide school that promotes permaculture and teaches people how to work with nature and have their own permaculture garden plans. It was founded by Vladislav Davidzon. Check his LinkedIn profile.

As I might have guessed this institute teaches people, and it does that through courses on different aspects of permaculture.

b2a5f141f6c484929a31e71e8f52928aNow for you who don’t know what is permaculture. Coexistence with nature and sustainable living is permaculture in short. Permaculture is a science, that researches patterns of nature in order to do few things, to help nature solve issues (we created with our bad influence ), to use nature and live while using energy gained from that nature without doing damage to it. 

Now there are many courses you could go at, and they can last from few days to few weeks. And they will teach you many things. Among many I would like to point some that you may be interested in if you are interested in healing or creating your own permaculture habitat.

  • Permaculture principles which will teach you permaculture design principles that every man should respect and follow. Some of these principles include: value diversity in your permaculture system, observe nature before doing anything, then interact when you realize what you should and should not do, leave no waste by using all by-products in other nature friendly and useful activities and so on.
  • Site analysis which will show you how to properly analyze ground before you start a permaculture system. Failing to do this will result in failure of that system. It will teach you among other things how to recognize factors that would be good and that would be bad for a certain system you are about to create.
  • Pattern observation from which you will learn how to recognize patterns in wild nature, which you can copy into your permaculture system. Every system has its own patterns knowing which would suit you permaculture system of choice will help that system in terms of success rate and minimization of possible system failure due to species that don’t work well in that particular pattern.
  • Natural building which will show you how to build with nature instead constructing over the back of a nature and destroying it in that process.
  • Renewable energy will teach you how to produce different forms of energy that is renewable with a basic knowledge of permaculture systems. This includes producing electricity with solar panels, producing heat as a by-product of compost rotting and so on
  • Rainwater harvesting is an activity of gathering rain to use it for other things. This course will teach you ways of rainwater gathering and storage of the same so you could use it for other things, your garden, you permaculture system, compost making and so on.
  • Solar designs which will show you different solar designs you could make or buy that will produce you a free of charge energy.
  • Waste recycling with which you will learn a few ways you can recycle garbage and still profit from it, either economically or by raw materials for other projects.

As I pointed out above these things are only a small fraction of all things you would be able to learn on one of these courses.

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