Creating your own permaculture design in your backyard is relatively easy, believe it or not. Creating permaculture gardens is a specific skill that is great to have because permaculture designs are created to support almost all of the needs of a family. That means, depending on the space you have available, your design might include vegetable gardening and some livestock care. Keep reading to see a few great urban permaculture designs.
Easy Urban Permaculture Designs For Your Backyard
Spread And Sink Water
Water, naturally, is the foundation of all life in terms of gardening. So make sure that you have enough to keep your garden healthy. Make sure that you have an area where you collect rainwater that will spread and sink down through your yard and all of your plants. Make sure you design your garden around the watering needs. For example, those that need more water more frequently should be next to the water storage. Even better, you can display your water collection by way of a great fountain or something similar.
Separate Your Garden Into Zones
This, believe it or not, is actually crazy important. Separate the zones of your garden based on the following principles: Zone 0 is the main house, Zone 1 is your main outdoor living area, zone 2 where plants that require more work are grown, zone 3 is where the plants that require less maintenance are grown, zone 4 is the furthest from the main house and is where you would let your livestock graze. If you have space, zone 5 is where you leave the area untouched. Don’t cut the grass, don’t water it, just let it be.
Design With The Earth in Mind
The whole point of permaculture is to create a symbiotic relationship between the Earth and your family. The point is if you take care of the Earth, it will take you by rewarding you with vegetables, food, and such. No matter what kind of permaculture design idea you go with, make sure that you design with the Earth in mind.
Short On Space
It doesn’t matter if you are short on space, you can create a permaculture design with just about any size of space to work with. When planning for these spaces, make sure you utilize all vertical space available. You can even garden in containers on your porch (this would make a good Zone 2) if you find that you are really short on space.
Include An Area For Composting
When creating urban permaculture designs, make sure that you include an area for composting. After all, composting is necessary when creating a sustainable home. Keep the pile relatively close to the main house so you can easily run scraps to the pile, but still centrally located enough that you have easy access to it from wherever.