Valley Profiles

Creating Terraces Slope

The flatter the floor that you flood, the more water that you get for dollars spent. The flatter the floor that you flood, the more water that you get for dollars spent. lease into streams, the water that leaves your property, will be clean water. Now you may not have the space to do all that, but, believe me, you don't need much space. In a mini-system we can do all that from here to the window. In clump, clump, clump, I can take you through a rice patch or a very high nutrient demand patch,...

Bridge Over Swale

Permaculture Swale Overflow

If you strike clay, leave it narrow, or else deepen it. As a rule, in clay, deepen your swale in profile, and in sandy and gravelly places, widen it. Along the swale, where you think it will hold, you have little ponds in clay. Where you think it will soak into the ground, you widen the whole water system so the surface area is large. Rain, particularly storms, comes down the swales, too. The water finds your widened areas, which are free, and soaks in, and...

The Terrible Time Of

I don't think anybody has summarized what is happening on the face of the Earth. In order to change our ways, we seem to need to terrify ourselves, anticipating tidal waves and catastrophes. Now those things may come off, and the San Andreas fault may shift. But we can't do much about that. What is really happening is something for which we, as human beings, are personally responsible. It is very general. Almost everything we say applies everywhere. The real systems that are beginning to fail...

Permaculture In Humid Landscapes

Bunyip Level Yeomans

This is the second in a series of 15 pamphlets based on the 1981 Permaculture Design Course given by Bill Mollison at The Rural Education Center, Wilton, New Hampshire, USA. Elizabeth Beyor, without compensation, transcribed the tape recordings of the course and subsequently edited the transcripts into 15 pamphlets. Later, Thelma Snell produced the typescript for all pamphlets. Lisa Barnes laid out and made mechanicals of the original editions in additon to producing the artwork retained in...

An Introduction To Permaculture

This is the first in a series of 15 pamphlets based on the 1981 Permaculture Design Course given by Bill Mollison at The Rural Education Center, Wilton, New Hampshire, USA. Elizabeth Beyor, without compensation, transcribed tape recordings of the course and subsequently edited them into the 15 pamphlets. Thelma Snell typed all 15 pamphlets and laid-out most of them. Lisa Barnes contributed illustrations to pamphlets II, IX, and XI. Bill Mollison edited the pamphlets for accuracy and style, as...