What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

3 Nitrogen Fixing Plants for the Forest Garden

Nitrogen fixing shrubs are valuable in agroforestry systems. They can be integrated into perennial agriculture systems to restore and maintain nutrient cycling and fertility self-reliance. The following 3 nitrogen fixing plants have additional uses and benefits as well. This is a quick snap shot of nitrogen fixing plants. Please share your experiences with these or […]

Permaculture Resource List

Compiled by Elizabeth Lynch, Troy Hottle, and Juliette Jones Pc Communities, on-line or other Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: Eastern Permaculture Guild: Eastern Permaculture Guild: Local Food Cleveland: Three Rivers Permaculture Guild Pittsburgh-local Resources Pittsburgh Permaculture: Transition Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: Steel City Soils: Octupus Organics: Urban Homesteaders: […]

Come Join Us at the Food Forest this Saturday!

We will be working at the food forest on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10am-12pm. The food forest is located at 4700 Irvine St in Hazelwood. It was 4 adjacent vacant lots owned by the URA and now hosts a diversity of edible and otherwise functional tree, bush and groundcover species. […]

An Herbalists’ Permaculture Landscape

One of the best ways to assess a site is to observe it for at least one year. This plan for my backyard has been in the works for almost two years now.  I have made certain changes due to the encompassing urban landscape and the sometimes undesirable situations that it brings. Rats- there apparently […]

10 Methods for Soil Improvement

Posted by on Feb 20, 2011 in How to, Ideas, Soil Development | No Comments

The following is a list of 10 easy and effective approaches to improving your soil. We have also noted the benefits that each technique provides and included a description of why each one is important. Adjust the soil pH to optimal levels (6-7)- general (nutrient availability) – The pH of soil dictates the ability of […]

Rocks in the Garden

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Climate, General Thoughts, Ideas, Soil Development | No Comments

I am exploring the use of large rocks strategically spread throughout the garden to aide in the thawing process in spring. In the warm months, and in the winter when the rocks aren’t covered in snow, rocks buffer the diurnal temperature swings. That is to say they make the micro-climate around them a more constant […]

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

This is a reminder… exactly one month until the PDC, register NOW to join us at the Phipps Garden Center! 6 WEEKENDS (January to April 2011): Jan 29-30; Feb 12-13, 26-27; Mar 12-13, 26-27; Apr 2, 9:00am to 4:30pm — Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification! — Share 6 weekends immersed in a fun, supportive […]

Get your PDC in Pittsburgh!

Get your PDC in Pittsburgh!   It’s inexpensive!!!   Hands-on! Permaculture Design Certificate Course at Phipps Join us at the Phipps Garden Center for 6 weekends of intensive permaculture design and practice!   Primary Teachers: Darrell Frey, Three Sisters Farm and Bioshelter Elizabeth Lynch, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Juliette Jones, Pittsburgh Permaculture   Dates: January 29, 30, […]

Cheap Actively Aerated Compost Tea

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Hardware, How to, Soil Development, Video | 2 Comments

[portfolio_slideshow] – – – In the pictures above you can see my version of an Actively Aerated Compost Tea brewer which was based upon a design by Bruce Deuley which you can see HERE. The cat, Lane, was determined to help. My design is slightly different in that I have only one bubbler in the […]

Preparing the Pawpaw Bed

Posted by on Mar 23, 2010 in How to, Installations, Soil Development | 4 Comments

My brother, Ryan, came into town so we got busy. He did an energy audit on the house and we found a huge air leak along the rim joists in the basement, so check your rim joists! We also got busy outside preparing the bed that will be home to 3 pawpaws, 2 honeyberries and […]