"Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way." - From Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison
Once primarily the concern of small farms and homesteads, permaculture practice is increasingly being applied to home gardens and landscaping. The idea of a mutually-supportive edible ecosystem in your yard is catching on!
Sustainability is also a major element of permaculture; sustainable landscaping involves water conservation and harvesting, climate-appropriate plants, selecting plants to foster desirable birds and insects, and use of planet-friendly construction materials.
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