Before each weekend of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, we share recommended readings, videos, podcasts, resources, and activities for our permaculture students to explore. It’s more fun than “homework”–and it’s optional–so we refer to it as “homefun.”
Create indoor and outdoor water use budgets for your home
See instructions in Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1
Or use the budget outlined in this resource, utilizing water bills or other estimates for indoor & outdoor water use
Take a soil jar test at the place you live or garden – simple directions. But you’ll want to let it sit, undisturbed, for as long as it takes for the water to be completely clear. Then once you determine the percent sand/silt/clay you can find your soil type from the soil texture triangle (page 14).
Soil sample / lab test – If you are curious about sending in a soil sample, we recommend A&L Western Labs, who have great instructions on their website. Go with the S3C test, with graphics and recommendations per 1000 ft2.
Percolation test – follow these directions to see the rate that water can drain through your soil. This is important to know for greywater infiltration and to make sure you are not suffocating your plant roots in heavy clay soils by planting them too deep.