Horticultural/Agricultural systems modeled on ecological relationships.

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Can my DIY grey water bio filter system be improved?

I have just finished building a grey water biological filter and would love to hear the different ideas and concepts others might have. I know there are other concepts that can be added such as a ...
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Desalinating plants (the botanical kind) which create fresh water

Are there any plant architectures or permaculture schemes which can filter seawater and create fresh water? I imagine a saline pond or bore, flowing down through a series of ponds to a lower ...
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Are there any fungal or plant counters to Juglone (walnut allelopathy)?

I'm getting ready to begin building a food forest on the back quarter acre of my half acre yard. However, my yard is absolutely surrounded by walnuts. Walnuts release Juglone, an allelopathic ...
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Plant recommendations for tropical food forest shrub layer

This is a small area in the front yard in Jakarta. What I have right now are three mango trees providing a rather dense and low canopy. This is bordered to the south with the house and a fence/wall ...
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What to guild with Asparagus

I have been working on applying permacultural techniques of layering in space and time, and most of my gardens work well on this principle but I am having trouble applying it to asparagus. What should ...
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How much soil do I need on top of my hugelkultur beds?

I'm building a bunch of hugelkultur beds from the blowdowns, branches, trimmings, and sticks we have scattered around the property. This weekend I built a 20' long, 5' wide, 2-3' high pile of (mostly ...
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What are some good plants to put in a guild built around plums/stone fruit?

I'm starting a small orchard of stone fruit trees -- just a few hundred square feet. I will be putting in plums next spring, and I'm thinking about what to plant between/around them. In the lingo of ...
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What woods shouldn't be used for hugelkultur?

I have a yard this year for the first time and I'm attempting various methods of building beds. For my first bed, I used double digging. But that was an insane amount of work and I'm not all that ...
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How can I do permaculture in a city garden?

I'm currently looking for a new home, and one of my goals will be to use permaculture for my yard. Living in a dry climate (Denver, CO gets about 15 inches of rain per year) that gets freezing ...