“Exploring Permaculture in the Big City”

When asked about pest control, Read said the options start at doing nothing, and advance to removing or relocating the pests or introducing things that eat them. If it gets to the point where he has to employ even a pesticide approved for use in organic production, he said, “I know there is something wrong with my design.” Incorporating more balance and diversity into a garden design by leaving part of it wild serves a practical as well as philosophical purpose by increasing the likelihood that the area will naturally to attract birds or other insects that will eat the pests.

Everything in a permaculture project should ideally contribute to the larger whole. Recapping an earlier discussion about lawns, one participant said, “Grass doesn’t have to be wasted space–get a sheep!” Because who would want a boring green patch when you could have a bounty of cheese instead?


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