Permaculture describes, not only a way of growing and harvesting but also a way of living. By understanding the principles at work in natural processes, we’re able to create extensive sustainable systems which replenish themselves. We can also use this knowledge to improve upon our own culture and perspectives while we work to secure a future for generations to come. While there are many myths relating to permaculture, the fundamental concepts at hand remain in practice around the world.
As traditional growing practices become more understood in civilized nations, many large cities are beginning to implement “permaculture zones” which allow for public spaces to be converted from pavement to public gardens. By working together to create nourishment, these individuals receive not only food in return, but also a sense of culture and community as well.
Growing cannabis and other plants using sustainable methods allows you to take personal responsibility for your food and medicine. It also allows you to participate in the change many see necessary in the world today. Industrialized practices that rely on massive amounts of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are unsuitable and hold the potential for long-term damage to the biosphere. If you’re planning to incorporate cannabis into an existing permaculture system or are considering developing your own sustainable garden using cannabis, it’s important to weigh a few factors before planting.
Permaculture requires that plants feed other plants. By drawing nutrients from the air and soil and arranging them for other plants to use, your garden holds the potential to feed itself for years to come. By organizing your crops according to the relationships they have with each other, your garden will become symbiotic and will begin to work as one system. Cannabis does particularly well around beans of any variety as they work to return valuable nitrogen to the soil. Another common companion, Chamomile helps to regulate Potassium, Calcium, and Sulphur in root zones and provides a slight pest deterrent. Stinging nettle may not be the most common companion around, but a few well-placed Nettles will help incorporate Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, and Sulphur into your soil over time.
Natural Pest Repellents
As pests work their way into your garden, they often start at the perimeter and work towards the center. By surrounding susceptible crops with plants of defense, you create a barrier that serves to protect your valuable harvest. Mint, Garlic, Basil and a wide variety of Pepper plants are well-equipped by nature to repel pests with a variety of evolved tactics.
By returning to methods that have withstood the test of time we honor the land we grow in, we offer gratitude for our harvest to forces greater than ourselves, and we help to preserve tradition for generations to come. In an otherwise unbalanced world, Permaculture just may hold secrets of the past that enable us to unlock the solutions of tomorrow.
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