Permaculture by Denis Croombs

Permaculture is the use of ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing, appropriate technology, and community development. Permaculture is built upon an ethic of caring for the earth and interacting with the environment in mutually beneficial ways.

The Ethics of Permaculture

Permaculture is unique among alternative farming systems (e.g., organic, sustainable, eco-agriculture, biodynamic) in that it works with a set of ethics that suggest we think and act responsibly in relation to each other and the earth. The ethics of permaculture provide a sense of place in the larger scheme of things, and serve as a guidepost to right livelihood in concert with the global community and the environment, rather than individualism and indifference.

1. Care of the Earth …includes all living and non-living things– plants, animals, land, water and air

2. Care of People …promotes self-reliance and community responsibility– access to resources necessary for existence

3. Setting Limits to Population & Consumption – gives away surplus including contribution of surplus time, labour, money, information, and energy to achieve the aims of earth and people care.

Permaculture also acknowledges a basic life ethic, which recognizes the intrinsic worth of every living thing. A tree has value in itself, even if it presents no commercial value to humans. That the tree is alive and functioning is worthwhile. It is doing its part in nature: recycling leaf litter, producing oxygen, sequestering carbon dioxide, sheltering animals, building soils, and so on.


I have tried below to find material to cover some of the aspects of Permaculture to help us all in our quest to reduce our impact on the planet.

What Is Permaculture, this is a video trying to explain what permaculture is all about.

PERMACULTURE & PEAK OIL: Beyond ‘Sustainability’

Conserve First! Saving Energy in the Home 
Todd Cory lives in a zero energy home. He started by conserving a whopping 70% of his energy use. Then he installed solar hot water and electricity connected to the grid. This renewable energy installer brims with enthusiastic ideas about having fun consuming less energy, starting with “the low hanging fruit”– what’s easy and cheapest to do.

Car fuels:-

Alcohol Can Be a Gas, Part 1

Peak Moment 78: David Blume, Founder, International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, Soquel, California…alcohol ethynol liquid fuel biodiesel.


Alcohol Can Be a Gas, Part 2

Peak Moment 79: David Blume, Founder, International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, Soquel, California…alcohol ethynol liquid fuel biodiesel

Some on-line videos on composting:-

Home Composting – It’s Second Nature! – Part I

Home Composting – It’s Second Nature! Part II

Home Composting – It’s Second Nature! Part III


How To Compost – with Rick Valley (

How to Make a Compost Bin in Under Two Minutes

Backyard composting for vegetable garden

Some vidoes on kitchen waste using


Some on-line videos on growing your own food:-

How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House? In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system – watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her joy in producing so much food for so little effort.

How and why to grow your own food This is a short 3 minute video on why you should grow your own, designed to make you think.

An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability.


Some on-line videos on going green:-


Items about growing tomatoes

A short video about tomato growth and health and what’s growing in The Kitchen Garden Polytunnel.

How to grow tomatoes for SSL project for scils598s07

How to grow tomatoes

Gardening Tips | Growing Tomatoes

Phototropism in Tomatoes – Timelapse

Organic Gardening: Tips, Tools & Supplies for Raising Organic Vegetables : Tips for Growing Organic Peppers and Tomatoes

Germinating seeds in paper towels Germinate seeds the easy way. Make them grow happily and plant them on your garden. Or you can use your Mini Greenhouse!

Raised beds:-

Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds

Raised beds are also known as deep beds, and though organic gardeners didn’t invent them they know the true value of them.

For large or small gardens, for vegetables, flowers or a mixture of both, deep beds are ideal. You’ll be surprised what you can grow in it.

They are usually double dug when they are first made, so as to give a good depth of workable soil.

Green Manuring

Green manuring is a technique which goes back at least 3000 years, and until relatively recently European interest in it centered on the Mediterranean. Whilst it is mainly used in vegetable or crop rotations it can also be used in initial preparation of ornamental beds, lawns etc.

Recent interest in green manuring has developed as organic gardening and farming have taken on a more ‘scientific’ slant centered on the need to replenish organic matter in soils impoverished by chemical fertilisation.