What is “permaculture”?

At Patch of the Planet we use permaculture and ecological gardening techniques to create fantastic spaces. We call our approach simply “One Planet Gardening” – gardening and growing in ways that care for the one planet we have.

Permaculture is an approach to designing outdoor spaces that work with the patterns of the planet, rather than against them.

It uses knowledge of how flora, fauna, soil and the surrounding space and conditions all interact with each other and applies intelligent design principles to create thriving, healthy, vibrant spaces. Spaces that put the best of nature’s power to use, to the benefit of all.

It’s SONY DSCmore than wildlife gardening and more than organic gardening, though it is both of those things too. It takes an all-round, low-impact and planet-friendly approach to working with a patch of land (large or small), recognising that we have just the one planet to live on. It’s also set of principles that help guide how we can go about living our lives too in similarly low impact ways.

It’s about innovating, questioning the status quo and finding new ways of doing things. As a result, it tends to leads to spaces that are abundant, beautiful and thriving.

Aquaponics, forest gardens, no-dig beds, herb spirals and “hugelkultur” are just a few of the innovations you might find in a permaculture garden. But at its core, it’s a smart and constantly developing approach that’s helping champion practical ways to interact with the land, and the planet, better. 

As the UK’s Permaculture Association puts it, it’s about “living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature.”

And as Permaculture Magazine puts it, it’s about “thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to

“Ecological gardening” is a very similar set of ideas, but guided by a less detailed design approach than permaculture. It has the very same aims though – to create spaces that thrive in line with the way the planet works, making them sustainable long-term, and abundant now.

Our name – Patch of the Planet – sums it up for us. 

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