Tag Archives: permaculture design

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Summer Pruning & Understory Planting [Fruit Tree Care, Part 4]

In this summer update to our Fruit Tree Care series, we’re covering some important best practices for summertime in the orchard: summer pruning, weeding around fruit trees, and effective strategies for designing and planting understory plant communities, or guilds. By this point in the summer, hopefully you’ve already thinned your fruit trees and have been

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How to plant a fruit tree diagram by Robert Kourik

Fruit Tree Planting & Care [Part 2]: Where & How to Plant

In part one of this series, we explored many questions to consider when selecting deciduous bare root fruit trees for your garden or orchard. In this post, we’ll discuss how to assess your landscape to find the ideal place for your new tree to thrive. Where will your tree grow best in your landscape? In

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Fruit Tree Planting & Care [Part 1]: Tree Selection

Do you dream of harvesting sweet plums, apples, pears, or other delicious fruits from trees in your own backyard? You can begin growing your food forest right now because winter is the time to plant deciduous bare root fruit trees! In this how-to guide, we’ll focus on deciduous bare root fruit tree selection in part

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Hand-drawn permaculture design of a garden.

Design Presentations & Party! PDC Reflections [Part 8/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Final Weekend: March 11, 2017 On March 11, the three design project teams presented their designs to David, Lydia, and another course guide, Ken Foster

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People sitting at a table in a park while a person presents about the community orchard project.

Regenerative Community Development & Financial Permaculture: PDC Reflections [Part 7/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Six: March 4-5, 2017 During our last weekend of instruction, we spent the morning at the Resource Center for Nonviolence learning about regenerative community

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Four images in a square: Jim Nelson standing at the gate to Camp Joy Garden; a goat in its pen; David Shaw and participant Colby waving from Camp Joy Gardens; beeswax from Camp Joy Garden bees

Broad Scale Permaculture, Integrated Animal Husbandry & Forest Management: PDC Reflections [Part 6/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Five: February 4-5, 2017 In February, we visited the Mountain Feed and Farm Supply pilot aquaponics greenhouse in Ben Lomond and explored Camp Joy

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Nine images from the Chadwick Garden at UCSC, including cats, roses, flowers, and a quote by Alan Chadwick

Home-Scale Permaculture, Creating Natural Homes & Edible Landscapes: PDC Reflections [Part 5/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Four: January 14-15, 2017 Unfortunately, I had to miss this weekend for a work retreat, but I know that the group visited the UCSC

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Mandala made with leaves, flowers, branches

Social Permaculture: PDC Reflections [Part 4/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Three: December 3-4, 2016 The third weekend of the Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course took place shortly after the presidential election, which provided a

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Seven people standing and digging a swale in an orchard

Restoring Watersheds & Soils: PDC Reflections [Part 3/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017.017. Weekend Two: November 5-6, 2016 The second weekend of the Santa Cruz Permaculture Design course, we explored watersheds, water catchment, understanding climate and microclimates, and

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The NEST property with redwood trees, the garden fence, and the tent.

Intro to Permaculture Design & Nature Awareness: PDC Reflections [Part 2/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend One: October 8-9, 2016 The first weekend of the Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course, we learned about the ethics and principles of permaculture, including

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