How the powerful concept of permaculture can be adopted in your home
Our environment is everything. In other words, it’s the air we all breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and everything in between. Shouldn’t we all be doing more to ensure our environment is sustained, clean and healthy? Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is a major ecological approach gaining momentum around the world, changing the way we interact with our planet.
At its heart, permaculture revolves around 3 ethics:
- Firstly ‘Earth Care’ – the Earth is our living, breathing home, we need to nurture and care for it
- Secondly, ‘People Care’ – the need for companionship and collaborative efforts to affect change
- Finally, ‘Fair Shares’ – taking what we need and sharing what we don’t
Permaculture uses nature’s own systems as a model, developing simple and innovative ways to live sustainably and fairly. For example, composting: waste food is broken down by natural microbes, producing compost to help grow more food.
These design principles can be applied in the home, at a community level, or in large scale farming.
Originating from ‘permanent agriculture’. Permaculture is the means of living holistically, sustainably and producing zero-waste by following the examples of our natural ecosystems.
Permaculture is the way we maintain a harmonious and stable way of sourcing our food, shelter and energy without negatively impacting the environment.
By replicating natural systems, permaculture designs methods of growing food, building houses and creating communities.
If everyone took a few simple measures, we can make a huge difference. For instance, collect rainwater, use sustainable materials, grow your own food. Here are a few ideas that you can do from home and some UK designed and made products that you can use to take a step in the permaculture direction.
Observe & Interact
Take the time to look around and see what is happening – in your life, in your local surroundings, in the wider world. By observing natural and social patterns we can see what we can do to improve designs and the way we live. Above all, work with nature, not against it.
Begin building your permaculture garden
Growing your own plants, fruit and vegetables doesn’t need to be complicated. Let nature take the lead and you can provide a helping hand. Work with the natural elements- sun, water, shelter and you will see your garden blossom.
The experts at Greenhouse Sensation have created an eclectic range of products to provide you with everything you need to begin building your garden. From water systems to wildlife houses, to seeds and sowing tools, you have no excuse but to jump straight in!
The mix of natural British wildflowers includes Bellflower, Forget-me-not, Meadow buttercup, Meadowsweet, Oxeye daisy, Ragged robin and Red campion. Simply scatter in spring or autumn.
Use your indoor space
No garden? No problem (and no excuses!). You can grow your own, no matter your space. Balconies and window sills are in fact great places to grow your own small vegetables, herbs and grains. Even in the shady corners of your home, you can grow plants like wild garlic and rhubarb. Just remember to water regularly!
Burgon & Ball have a range of beautifully designed indoor pots and planters so you can grow from the comfort of your home. Don’t miss their hanging pots – ideal for growing blueberries and strawberries.
Water is all around us and one of the most natural resources available. One of the key principles of permaculture is that nothing is wasted. Therefore, collecting rainwater is one of the easiest steps to making your home, your garden, your farm more sustainable. The collected rainwater can be used to water your plants and flowers.
Garland Products‘ UK made water butts are made from recycled plastic and easy to set up.
A huge part of permaculture is zero waste. Composting is a great and easy way for every household to make a step towards this. Why not use your compost for creating a perfect planting mix?
Smileswoodcraft hand-make their wooden compost bins in Wiltshire. They use natural materials and their eco-friendly compost bins are safe for humans, animals, wildlife and organic vegetables & plants.
Harness the sun!
What better way to take a leap towards self-sustainability than through solar energy! Now we aren’t asking you to re-design your house- although a lot of UK families are opting for this- because for under £50 you can now produce your own small scale solar energy.
PK Green is a UK based company that produce solar panels for an eco-friendly, green solution to powering garden and home electronics.