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Geoff Lawton’s FREE video series on Permaculture

Greetings, friends!  I mentioned this video series in my post on Jack Spirko’s video series on permaculture.  At the time, I had not watch the entire series by Geoff Lawton.  Now that I have, I highly recommend his video series.  They are more of an overview of what can be accomplished with permaculture design rather than a specific “how-to” video series.

The first video is called Surviving the Coming Crisis: Designing your Way to Abundance by Geoff Lawton.  The titles of the other videos are at the top of that webpage.

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Pruning wild grape vines in December

Greetings, friends!  We were greeted with a pleasant late December day here in NW Ohio today.  I decided to do some outside work and enjoy the 40 degree weather.  Maybe December is not the typical month to prune back trees and shrubs but I pruned anyway.  As I stated in the video, these plants are very hardy and I don’t think that I could kill them by pruning even if I was trying to.  My biggest reason for pruning today was to begin to manage some wild grape vines (very mature grape vines) that have gotten out of hand and are “attacking” the utility lines.  I also am hoping that by pruning back the grape vines on our front fence that they will begin to produce grapes again.

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Another great free video series on Permaculture

I just came across another series on Permaculture.  This one is produced by Midwest Permaculture.  It has 18 videos and they are great!  I love hearing about Permaculture design from different perspectives.

The first video of the series is here:

If you missed my post on Jack Spirko’s video series on Permaculture you can find it here.

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Keyhole Gardens (videos)

I came across this site and thought I’d share.  I’ve never heard of keyhole gardens.  They are pretty cool!

Videos on Keyhole Gardens

From the site: ”

A Keyhole Garden is a type of kitchen garden that recycles as it grows. The design – which looks like a keyhole from above – incorporates a central ‘basket’ where compostable waste is placed and water is poured. They are especially useful in areas where good soil is scarce, often adding nutritious vegetables to diets. Send a Cow uses them as part of our training, and they get fantastic results; families start to grow enough to eat and sell.”

“Keyhole Gardens are also a great way of introducing children (and adults), to sustainable principles such as composting and using ‘grey water’. They are an excellent project for schools and groups to get involved in – perhaps as part of a bigger African gardening area?”

One more video:

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40 hours of free permaculture lectures (college course at NCSU)

I have not yet watched all of these but wanted to post them here for anyone interested and also for future reference for myself.

This is a college course by North Carolina State University called Introduction to Permaculture (Instructor Will Hooker).  You can listen to the podcasts or watch video of the lectures.

http://www.permaculture-media-download.com/2011/09/introduction-to-permaculture-40-hours.html

Enjoy!  And thanks to NCSU for making this freely available to the public!

 

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An easy-to-understand video series on Permaculture

I just want to give a big “THANK YOU” to Jack Spirko of www.thesurvivalpodcast.com for doing a video series on the basics of Permaculture.  It helped me (a visual learner) immensely.  I really appreciate his take on it.  Here is his first video in the series.

Most of the videos in the series are 5 – 12 minutes long — great bite-sized chunks!

I am very excited about learning and incorporating permaculture design/principles into my garden next year.  I’m glad that I have a few months to plan before spring arrives so that I can get a plan together!  It will be quite a learning process — one that I am very excited about.

And, once again, thanks, Jack for the video series and for mentioning Geoff Lawton’s video series which I am currently enjoying immensely.

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