Knowing Permaculture: Part 2

After you get the soil mix and the container setup sorted out, understand the importance of the water, photosynthesis, microorganisms and the self-sustaining cycle of permaculture, you need to know what fruit would best suit the ecology.

Choosing the fruit

Now how about growing the same fruit, the choice of which would be influenced by the understanding of the ecology of the place we want to grow it. This could provide one with an existing system, helping one make the better choice of the fruit.

Understanding of the region of which one is a part will help make choices based on information and knowledge, contributing the efforts through a long run, with the experience gained and profits earned.

Also, one could learn how the ecology of a region sustains itself by practicing what is observed, to figure and understand the role, growing consciously aware of one’s part and contributing to its evolution.

About permaculture

Permaculture by definition is a system of agriculture and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and values observed in natural ecosystems.

Understanding how the name was coined will help perceive the term broadly and picture clarity behind the practice. It stands like a currency for the exchange of thoughts and ideas which helps develop and evolve its social design and system.

The term as a systematic method was coined by Australians David Holmgren, then a graduate student, and his professor Bill Mollison, in 1978. Their joint piece of Literature which was published by a British publishing division of Random House, the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world belonging to Bertelsmann. The literature was called "Permaculture One: A Perennial Agriculture for Human Settlements.

The word permaculture originally referred to “permanent agriculture”, was expanded to stand for “permanent culture”, as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system, inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.

Different branches of permaculture

Permaculture includes different branches, adaptability to change forming the base of practice, ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management are the some of them.

The philosophy of natural farming

Using the analogy of simple systems to bring about comparisons between different  beings, which constitute a mutually dependent relationship, to survive! Could help one get a glimpse of the philosophy of natural farming.

To be a part of a self-sustaining system, a plant has to use the ways of its environment, adaptability being the key. Over a period of time, the plant finds compatibility with the beings around it (micro and macro organisms) and the beings with the plant. These are different forms of life, learning the lessons of evolution by using their tools in synchronization and harmony to establish a positive flow.

Unhealthy vs healthy farming

The focus of traditional agricultural approach has been on the mass production of plants. Say If one wants to breed silkworms,  the prime focus is the worm. When you want to make good soil. The main focus is on tilling and fertilizing the field.

The soil takes millions of years to be formed. This mixture contains in itself the genetic intelligence to sustain life. Therefore to grow a healthy plant; health being a sign of longevity, one has to contribute to the health of space. The existence of the plant and the environment depend on each other.

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