Posts Tagged ‘Urban Permaculture’

In this video, the land owner describes the soil / subterrenian water issues, annual rainfall and family requirement calculations for an off grid system – how they are resolved, water storage and use, solar heating, solar water pumping, indigenous plants – as well as liquid fertilising – this is an almost off-grid Urban Permaculture Homestead and some things can be learned in this video tour.
I didn’t note any mentioned plans for animal keeping or even bees for that matter so it would be interesting to catch an update of the system and how it has changed or improved over the last few years since 2014…

I would reccommend that the land owner in this case to take a look into studying Holzer Permaculture specifically in Water Retention, this will help solve his water storage / retention issues.

The video is around 8 min’s and there are good ideas to follow from watching …

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A couple posts down I shared some early Summer and Spring photo’s from this year, here you can see the later progress on the plot with photo’s from early Summer (May / June) through till August.

Cucamelons in various growth stages in my polytunnel – ( I wish I grew a few more of these plants! )

One Funky Looking Caterpillar!

First Good Mixed Harvest, Large Courgette / Marrow in the back (30+ cm long and at least 8/9cm wide), 4x Italian Vine (Costoluto Fiorentino) Heirloom Tomatoes, 1x Cucumber, 9x Scarlett Runner Beans, 12 x Loganberries and Raspberries, 4 Cherry Tomatoes and at least 50x Blueberries (The blueberries are all getting small now as it is nearing end of season, but the taste is Great!!) I have never tasted a store bought Blueberry anywhere near as nice as these …

Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes) halfway through the growing season they were half the height they are at the End of August, placed in an area to hide my rain barrels from view and sunlight, Variegated Mint is growing in pots beneath.with Wild Garlic in the ground beneath.

Ladybird Larvae doing what they do best, Species of plant is unknown but all flat topped flowering plants such as this are great at attracting ladybirds in to control Aphids etc.

Honeybees, many of us don’t even understand how important the pollinators are not only in the creation / production of most of our food, but also in the entire ecosystem!! This little guy is enjoying one of the three lavender plants I have on site.

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So the big day has come and passed, it was very laid back, fun and loads to learn – basically a nice gathering of like minded people from all over London and other parts of the UK

Permaculture Paradigm: ''Think GLOBAL Act LOCAL''

Permaculture Paradigm: ”Think GLOBAL Act LOCAL”

The event was held at the Cecil Sharp house in Camden London, workshops and events for the day included: Wildlife Gardening, Introduction to Permaculture, Permaculture’s next big step, The Barefoot Beekeeper, Best Crops for Pots, Come And Meet My Hens, Seeds Of Fashion – Grow a Garment & Permaculture in Orchards, to name a few. There were kiddies activities outside in the garden, a few food stands serving sandwiches and tea / coffee and cake etc.

At the event there were various interest groups from the Wildlife Trusts to Sustainable / Healthy Eating cookery classes being offered, Awareness groups such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, then the usual hand made crafts and clothing on sale, natural medicine / ointments and herbal remedies etc. One particular attraction was the Permanent Publications bookstand where all books were on 50% discount from their retail price.

Plant Stand at London Permaculture Festival 2015

Plant Stand at London Permaculture Festival 2015

Although not surprised, I was glad to see a dedicated plant stand offering both edible as well as wildlife friendly ornamental plants for your garden / veggie patch or even allotment! the prices were very reasonable in my opinion and the plants were of a high quality, I even saw plant species that I was completely unaware of.

Plant Stand London Permaculture Festival 2015

Plant Stand London Permaculture Festival 2015

One particular observation I had made during the day which was very exciting as well as encouraging, was the various cultural backgrounds seen at the event, this was a positive thing in my opinion …

Main Hall at the 6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015

Main Hall at the 6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015

I must apologize, due to family commitments as well as a near full SD card in my camera, I could not take as many photo’s as I would like to have … for more, please see my previous post Here on the London Permaculture Festival, scroll down for videos from previous years.

One nice little permanent attraction at the venue is theĀ Forest Garden at the main entrance which was put in during a ”Permablitz” session at some point and can be seen from the road, the garden includes a pond, edible plants as well as ornamental plants and even a Herb Spiral.

To join the permablitz network in London or to see the projects including this one, click Here.

Main Hall with Plant stand at right of stage (6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015)

Overall, this was a very family friendly event as well as being full of the potential to learn and connect with the permaculture network in the UK / London … Now on to the IPCUK ( International Permaculture Convergence UK, 8-9 and 10-16 September 2015) for those who can afford the entrance fees!

London Permaculture Festival Logo / Banner

London Permaculture Festival Logo / Banner

Here we have an Urban Site Tour in Portugal, this video is in Portuguese without subtitles:

Previous Site Tours Worldwide:

Italy, South Africa, France, Ireland / UK, Greece, Australia (with Geoff Lawton), USA, New Zealand, Canada,