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Book Recommendation- The Resilient Gardener, Carol Deppe

Hi All

I recently finished reading The Resilient Gardener, by Carol Deppe. Normally I would do a full review on a good book, but possibly the most telling thing that I can say about this book, is that there is so much outstanding content in this book, that it would take me hours to tell you about it. Instead, I’m going to tell you why you should buy your own copy, and study it hard.

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Tree Species Selection using Permaculture Principles

Today I had the chance to plant some of my own trees, and I wanted to produce a short(ish) article about the trees that I planted, their range of uses, and what I intend to do with them in the future. I had also planned to give a rundown of my own tree planting system, but decided to save that for another post, hopefully when the weather is more conducive to taking pictures. I tend to use Patrick Whitefield’s list of Permaculture Principles, as listed in his excellent book, The Earth Care Manual. This was the first Permaculture book that I used, and Patrick was my teacher on the Permaculture Design Course that I attended.

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Positive Images – Part Two

As promised, here are a series of films that show what can be achieved when the will is there, and when people are given the rights to determine their own lives. This example is taken from China, and whilst it’s not strictly Permaculture, much of the thinking is the same. The use of terraces, re-planting trees, controlling grazing, is similar, but it also includes stuff that is like Keyline Planning, Mangam Terraces, and other ideas, which pre-date Permaculture, and which had a direct influence on it.

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Positive Images – Part One

It would be easy to become disillusioned about our future, when there is so much bad news about, so I wanted to put together some links to positive video from around the world, and then sort of link them together. Most of them show what happens when you combine Permaculture, or Agroforestry, with people who need help. When I realised that watching all of the clips would take hours, I thought that I would split the article into three parts, and give you a chance to watch them all in your own time.

The first clip is a remarkable piece about the creation of a reserve for Orang Utangs. Not quite what you might expect here, but really inspirational, and it shows what can be done, in a relatively short space of time.

Whilst there is no mention of Permaculture in the clip, it’s there running through it all. Earth Care, People Care, Fair Shares, stacking, succession, diversity, the reliance on perennial crops. It may not be mentioned, it’s right there at the heart of what they have done.

I make no apologies for putting this link in again. it’s the Update to Greening the Desert, with Geoff and Nadia Lawton. It shows how Permaculture can help solve the sort of problems, that we have created for ourselves.

The link to Part One of Four is below, and I hope that you watch them all.

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Alternatively, you can watch the whole sequence, by following the link from the PRI Australia site, which is


Have fun watching the clips, and look out for part two of the article, which will include clips of rehabilitation work in China, and part Three, which will show some of the other work going on, and talk about the things that are common to all of them, and what we might do ourselves.


And Now we Wait for Leadership

On Saturday I attended The Wave, in London, which was a demonstration designed to remind politicians that we want them to come away from the Copenhagen Summit with a strong agreement to tackle Climate change.

I’m really glad that I went, as I would have felt pretty hypocritical if I hadn’t made the effort. Sadly, I don’t think that enough people showed up to make ministers sit up and take notice. Too many people either don’t care, or don’t care enough. Here in Horncastle, we have around 10, 000 people, and yet I know of only six adults, and two kids who went to London. There may have been more, who went independently, but even so, the it was a poor show, that was obviously repeated all around the country.

So now we have to wait for leadership from our politicians. The same politicians who took us into Iraq, fiddled their expenses, and wasted £14,000 pounds per person propping up a banking system as corrupt as themselves. Perhaps this really is the Age of Stupid.

So what do we do if World Leaders fail to live up to the title of  ‘Leader’ ? Probably what we all should already be doing. Acting now, without waiting for the nanny state to tell us that we should. I think that deep down, we all know that we have to do something, even if we don’t really want to change. Probably the first thing to do is to sign up to the 10:10 campaign. You sign up to reduce your own emissions by 10% in 2010. By signing up, you show the government that you want to reduce emissions, and help give them the backbone that they need to to act at their level. You can sign up here

The more people that sign up, the more that politicians can see the support for action, and we start doing something NOW.

Even if they let us down, we are only responsible for our own actions, not theirs, but we are TOTALLY responsible for all of our actions, or inaction.

It’s time to act.