A Look Inside Permaculture

Lifestyle

By Atharv Sharma
Published Nov 20, 2021

Hindustan Times

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Permaculture is the intentional creation and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems that mimic natural ecosystems in terms of diversity, stability, and resilience

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Here's a look into the processes and practice of permaculture

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A permaculture plot can be as small as a single acre or as large as a forest

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An outside border is formed by tall, sturdy trees. Large-canopy trees, such as mango trees are planted here and there to provide shade for the bushes

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Shrubs such as lemongrass, tulsi, kadipatta, and drumsticks are common plants that provide variety and mulch

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The inner zones are designed to grow nutrient-dense cash crops like maize, as well as nitrogen-fixing legumes like beans, in order to improve the soil

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Conservation is a major part of permaculture as there is emphasis on storing and reusing resources

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Rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling are methods used to conserve water

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Permaculture makes the most out of the available space by planning unusual flowers beds and using vines as boundary walls

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There are no immediate returns in permaculture. Yields are slow, but every step is practical and efficient, which leads to better quality

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