When To Mulch Over Winter

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Environment | Comments Off on When To Mulch Over Winter

Having understood that mulching is just as essential in winter as it is in any other season of the year, there then arises questions as to how one should mulch to achieve the best results. While the rules may be a tad different in winter as compared to other seasons of the year, the general principle remains the same. You do not have to change much about the way you mulch but you have to have near perfect timing for you to achieve the best results.


The ideal time for mulching in winter is right before it hits. Just when the cold starts bearing down on you, then that is the ideal time for you to place your mulch over your garden. However, that is not a fixed time, it is not always that you find yourself having planted before winter. At the same time, maybe you have just planted and the seeds have not yet sprouted. Then the question becomes, when exactly should you mulch.

downloadExcluding the earlier statement on the ideal time, and having factored in all other factors into the whole plan, it then becomes very clear that you have to mulch at first sprout. Why exactly? This, and even the experts at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute- who specialize in teaching about mulching and all aspects regarding mulch including winter mulching -will agree, is because the timing is best suited at first sprout.

If you cover up the soil with mulch without allowing forthe seedlings to germinate first, you might potentially be ruining the seeds in the soil. Clamped down with little aeration and covered up in snow, the ground could potentially grow cold and prevent germination by freezing the seedlings. At first sprout however, the plants have already germinated and are at their most vulnerable point. That is the moment it is best advisable to mulch so as to give them the ideal protection that they require.

If however you have already let the cold get to your plants and they are almost all uprooted from the ground, you need to first ensure that they are well rooted before mulching. Dig the plants back into the soil and then place a thick layer of mulch over them. However, ensure that the mulch does not clamp around the stalk of the plants as thistends to weaken them. For more information on this, you should enroll at the aforementioned institute and soon enough you will be the individual with expert advice and opinions. For more information check Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Environment | Comments Off on RAINWATER HARVESTING WITH BARRELS – SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Rainwater that is harvested and stored correctly can be a safe, sustainable and affordable source of water to households and commercial entities. In addition, rainwater can go a long way in helping households become self sufficient with regard to water supply and take the pressure off local governments and other suppliers of public utilities, allowing this resource to be channeled to more crucial areas such as hospitals and manufacturing companies. If treated correctly, rainwater can even be safer than mains water supply which is often full of chemicals such as chlorine in order to make is potable and then pumped through a network of pipes which are not always maintained or cleaned regularly. However, in order to get the best out of your rainwater supply, especially if you are using barrels to collect it, you need to put in place a few safety measures.

  1. rain barrel.jpg.838x0_q67_crop-smartKeep it covered

Children, pets and other wildlife are at risk from any type of uncovered water whether it is in barrels, swimming pools or rivers. It is therefor e crucial to cover your water barrels tightly in order to avoid having children or animals falling into them and either contracting colds or drowning in extreme cases. Covering your barrels also prevents mosquitoes and other harmful insects from getting in your water to lay eggs, breed and generally contaminate it. You may also use a fine mesh screen over the barrel to keep out harmful insects as well as filter fine particles that may have escaped the filter on the gutters.

  1. woman-filling-rainbarrelSelect the right barrel

As much as possible, try to select a food grade water barrel that is made to hold liquids. Trash cans may be alright in the interim as you save up to buy a proper barrel, but they will not withstand water pressure for long and may ultimately start leaking, become misshapen or collapse altogether.

  1. The right location

Always place your barrel on a slightly raised but level surface in order to prevent it from tipping over and harming anyone passing by or damaging surfaces or crops in the vicinity.

  1. Disconnect rain barrels in winter

If you live in an area that experiences severe winters, always make sure you disconnect your barrels and drain any remaining water to prevent it from freezing in the barrels and causing them to crack and leak.

Tony Poeck, owner of Indra Designs, stands between the 600-gallon barrel irrigation system at his home in Richmond, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The barrels are filled with rain water filtered by the roof gutters, then it's used for garden irrigation during non raining season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area New Group)

Tony Poeck, owner of Indra Designs, stands between the 600-gallon barrel irrigation system at his home in Richmond, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The barrels are filled with rain water filtered by the roof gutters, then it’s used for garden irrigation during non raining season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area New Group)

Taking sufficient safety precautions with regard to your rainwater supply will help to prevent problematic eventualities and keep your water safe to drink and use around your home. You can access more information on how to set up an effective rainwater harvesting system at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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How to Use Different Types of Mulch

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Environment | Comments Off on How to Use Different Types of Mulch

As a material that forms a layer over the soil, mulch should be applied appropriately if is to be used effectively. There are two major types of mulch,that is organic and inorganic or in other terms, biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Both have the potential to become harmful to the ecosystem and particularly with the non-biodegradable mulch. However, effective application ensures that this does not happen. To learn more about the possible effects of mulch on the environment and how to avoid them, enroll at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute. There you can receive professional knowledge on this and more.


Bark mulch

Barks are very effective organic mulches. They have great properties that are suitable for gardening as well as landscaping. Hard wood bark mulch for instance, has slow decomposition as in the case of cedar, this makes it ideal for landscaping since it is durable. At the same time, pine bark mulch decomposes and is therefore ideal for providing nutrients to the soil. Bark mulch is an all round mulch that provides water retention, heat insulation, weed suppressionand pest control properties to the soil and plants when used. Shredding the bark makes it more effective for application.

Compost mulch

Compost can be used in mulching. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most common types of mulches. Compost is made from decomposing organic matter. It is therefore very rich in nutrients and that is why it is best suitable for gardening. Compost mulch, is not ideal for use in landscaping though if mixed with a dye it would make a good dye mulch. Even then, it could still have to be used in a garden related setting such as in a flower pot.


Plastic mulch

Plastic is a multipurpose mulch that can be applied in various areas. The plastic can be recycled into synthetic fibre which is then laid on surfaces and is very ideal for landscaping. Similarly it can be applied in gardening where it provides water retention, heat insulation, weed suppression and pest control properties. It is very ideal for the garden setting since it does not compete for nutrients, as in the case of wood mulch where the bacteria responsible for its decomposition take up the nitrogen from the soil.


Similarly, it does not alter the pH of the soil as is the case of some organic mulches when they decompose. It also offers better cover, therefore giving better weed suppression than most other mulches.

You can learn more at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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Permaculture – Effective Program

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Permaculture, Regenerative Leadership Institute | Comments Off on Permaculture – Effective Program

Experience The Social Changes By An Effective Program

Courses1.standard 460x345The environmental change is one of the prominent changes that you can experience during the course. Apart from this you can also experience the social changes during the course. It is very effective program and brings fundamental changes in one’s life. You can have a better lifestyle and change your life into a quality oriented one with the resources that are available to you. All you need to do is to join the leadership paradigm and make use of the opportunity to turn your life into a better one.

Rain water harvesting, planting of trees, planting of vegetables and so on are few things which you can incorporate into your day to day life to attain sustainable development. This is a very challenging task. If you want to bring some change to the life around you then it is essential to learn the techniques provided in the permaculture course. This is a study where instead of just talking, it would be taught to individuals so that they would learn to introduce those techniques in their life which would help you to retain the natural resources and make effective use of the resources.

The Best Guidance For Students

Only if you have necessary knowledge, then you can successfully attain your goals and make use of sustainable development in your day to day life.  There are renowned speakers and instructors found in the regenerative leadership institute who provide better guidance to students all over the world. This course is very useful to people all over the world that are looking for sustainable development. In the present structure of the society make use of the resources and adopt some of the effective techniques of sustainable development for the improvement of your life.


How many of them are aware of, which is the best rainwater harvesting technique that they have. It is one of the real challenges that people are facing in their life. So in such scenario, it is essential to learn the techniques effectively and make use of them in a manner that they would be able to get better solutions and results. Try our free permaculture training course if you want to learn more. This is the reason that the permaculture education has gained momentum.

Techniques For Better Future

There are several institutes that have come up in life which provided better education to the masses about permaculture. Here they gain knowledge of the techniques and learn the methods of rain harvesting and other forms and techniques of sustainable growth. Therefore, make use of the online resources and get ideal solutions for yourself. You can learn and utilize the sustainable growth and development techniques to have a better future for you.

Being immersed in such a cultural change people are not able to analyse the loss and visualize what they have left behind. However, there is hollowness in one’s life and they are not happy with the present structural change that they are undergoing. As a consequence they are unhappy and disturbed even mentally. It can also be seen that there are several health problems that people are undergoing in their life. It is essential to understand the root cause of the problem in order to stay hale and healthy and above all happy and joyous.


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Alternative solutions instead of confrontation

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Ecology, Environment, Nature, Permaculture | Comments Off on Alternative solutions instead of confrontation

The subject of this article will be focused on explaining why and how  we should cope with problems we are facing now and in the future. I will try to explain problems that arise from taking a wrong stance in dealing with issues we are facing. I will try to prove that seeking alternative solutions is a better way of facing the issues we have than confronting those issues head to head and fighting to stop changes that those issues bring. This will be a hard task given the amount of time I have, but I will try to push on and continue.

    First thing I will only mention in hopes that you are aware of it, and that there is no need for me to go further down that road. Our world is changing, and it isn’t going any better. Climate change is slowly affecting us all.ClimateChange

    Many people are trying to fight it head on, they are trying to stop it, which is a waste of time and resources and most of them know that. Main issue is that a lot of those people are happy with a situation we are in because their main goal is to earn money, and their way of earning money is through fossil fuels. And as long as they are the main actors in the fight against climate change nothing will happen. They are pushing solutions in form of confrontation with climate change and they take steps to stop it. Which is as I said impossible.

    Only way we can deal with climate change is to adapt ourselves to it. To change with it and to stop being dependent on fossil fuels. This can be done through a number of alternative ecological ways.

    doctor1Let us discuss a way of life we are leading, for a lot of people know that there are solutions but most of them are not aware why we need those solutions, why we should change our way of life, when our leaders tell us that everything is ok.

    Did you know, that if everyone lived as an average American lives we would need 5 planets worth of resources to live. And if we all lived as an average Western  European we would still need three Earths worth of biocapacity. And if we all lived on a standard of a most successful ecovillage, we would need one and a half planet worth. These are alarming facts, and they are not known because of the data they provide.

    Looking at all that is happening, we can draw few conclusions about how we live and what are we choose to ignore. First there is not enough interest in any form of ecological living. People don’t see the big picture because they are bombarded with information that is contrary to the truth.Save-the-planet

   At the end solution can only come through designs and principles of permaculture, and it will come only when majority of people accept that fact and start working towards common objective, an objective Vladislav Davidzon, Geoff Lawton and others are fighting for. You can find permaculture courses in usa online and join this movement.

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Ecological healing with permaculture

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Ecology, Environment, Nature, Permaculture | Comments Off on Ecological healing with permaculture

  One thing I should point out at the beginning, we humans are creatures of habit and we act like that. Where ever we went we brought things with us. What every country and land we found we brought animals and plants we know with us, that was sometimes good, sometimes not. 

dingo_514_600x450Few examples before we continue. Potato was implemented in all system in world at it adapted and didn’t endanger any other species thus making it a native species. On the other end of spectrum we can talk about dogs. When they were brought in Australia no one thought about that. Now more than half of the Australian interior is fenced off because dogs evolved and they didn’t adapt there, they dominated nature. In wilderness they had no enemies and wild dogs kept growing in number killing and destroying other species. These dogs are now known under name Dingo. This is an example of invasive species.


    Another example of invasive species is earthworm, while they are good for many places they are invasive to the nature of Hawaii, a place we are going to talk about. There are two major invasive plant species that plague Hawaii and endanger endemic and native species of that island.

Epipremnum-pinnatum-3   Pothos is a vine type plant that is highly invasive to the nature of Hawaii. It is brought to Hawaii as a houseplant . But unlike growing it indoors where it stays normal due to lack of ingredients in nature it grows quite fast. It slowly until it finds tree, then it grows up around the tree using it to fuel itself, it destroys trees because it covers them completely and drains everything from them.

   Second invasive species is Guinea grass which is brought to Hawaii because it is used for beef production. It has high productivity and is immune to many pests. Its roots are skinny but they spread very fast in nature and they form mats with those roots thus preventing other species to take root.

   There are three endemic species that are in danger form these two invasive species , taro, Hawaiian fern and Bacopa. Some of these three have medical properties but are despairing because of invasiveness of those two.

  Permaculture can and is helping these endemic species. It can’t be done quickly, because if you pull few invasive plants and plant few endemic ones they will simply be overwhelmed by other invasive plants. It is a process that lasts for few years.  There was, and still lasts, an example of permaculture help on Hawaii. You can learn more about permaculture on regenerative leadership institute and I suggest reading regenerative leadership institute reviews.

   A group of people restored a stream that was just a pool of muddy water because of people walking over it on regular basis. And those people kept pulling out weeds, invasive species, from that area and while doing that they kept planting species that are endemic there. Results can’t be measured in moths, but in 3 or 4 years with continuous effort of people those endemic species can flourish.permaculture-global-design-templates-large

    I should say that this is not just an example of doing a green thing, endemic species that are planted in that example are species that can be used by people for food or other things, they are not just something people on Hawaii want in their gardens, they were used long before those invasive species came, and are used, in lesser quantities while those invasive plants took over, and with effort of people they  will be able to use products of those species once again in larger quantities.

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