Permaculturists?? Anyone else here consider themselves a permie. Sustainable culture, self sufficiency, organic healthy food from your own garden. . .
I have had gardens most of my life and have always wanted to be able to grow just about all my own food. I am still far from that goal but I am getting closer and closer to it each season. Garden getting bigger. Looking at getting some chickens. Have played with growing corn, wheat, oats, barley and not just veggies. Next I will try some dry climate rice and see how that goes.
Ordered the book Gaia's Garden after reading about it here. Pretty good. My favorite bit was the carbon- to -nitrogen ratio of human urine. Thanks to Jerry Baker, years ago, I periodically began adding this ingredient to my compost pile. I put too many weedy plants in my compost pile to do his sheet compost idea. The woody-weeds must dry out completely before I can safely bury them. I also wish the book had gone into more detail on specific edibles. His forest garden didn't go into nearly enough detail regarding spacing and the illustrations will confuse new gardeners horribly.
I TRY to garden like a permie. Have you heard about 'willow water'? Soaking willow pieces, probably bark mainly, to help plant cuttings root more quickly?
Being male and having a private garden, I occasionally apply urine to certain areas of the garden, usually under fruit trees or perennials. Then I water it in, unless it's raining. I think I gave too much to the mulberry tree- the branches 5 grew feet this summer. Too much nitrogen maybe.
That makes sense about the willow water. Never tried it tho.