Permaculture and Organic Gardening often go hand in hand, but they are definitely not one and the same!
Most Permaculturalists garden organically - however some may be willing to use chemicals or herbicides in order to save time and energy.
Organic Growers would never consider using chemicals but may plant vegies in neat, orderly rows down in the remote corner of their yard rather than using Permaculture Principals to reduce pests and energy use!
Why not take the best from both perspectives and apply it? We all stand to benefit from treading more lightly on this planet.
What it is.......and what it isn't.
There are many ways to try and give a meaning to the word 'Permaculture'. Originating from the words 'Permanent' and 'Agriculture', it can encompass many things. It is a system of integrated design. It is a way to reduce energy and water consumption. It is a philosophy and way of life.
There is no one 'permaculture design'. It is rather a broad range of practical ideas, which are selected carefully to suit a location, site orientation, local conditions, and lifestyle of the people at its core.
Permaculture can be used in both urban and rural environments. Whether you have a small urban courtyard or a large acreage, Permaculture Principals can be used in gardening, recycling, energy reduction - so there is no better time to explore its potential and get started on a healthier, greener lifestyle.
There are many, many brilliant books and websites devoted to Permaculture, as well as excellent courses run in Perth regularly if you wish to increase your knowledge. (See our links & resources page.)
We hope you will join us on the Permie voyage - but we warn you - it can be addictive!!!