Priority or option. This was something I came across this week while researching to update the tree session of our PDC (Permaculture Design Course) recently.
I have heard repeatedly that people have to wait for things to be 'right' before they begin. While I understand what they mean as there is a massive benefit in thoughtful observation applied to design, we have to be careful not to drop into paralysis through analysis and not make a decision at all, waiting for that 'perfect moment'.
It is in that indecision that the danger awaits. The waiting creates a void in which chaos enters, and we achieve nothing. So rather than looking for perfection, I rather like to look at it through the lens of "good enough for now, safe enough to try". It acknowledges that we need to move through the different stages of the design process but also acknowledges that we also do not or cannot know it all. So focusing on what is a priority and then working outwards gives us something tangible to strive towards - Whether ecological, social or personal
Our motto is about Making it Real. Making it real is not going to be easy, but like all things of value, it will be worth it.
So, we ask you. How are you going to make it real?
READ MORE HERE
When it comes to water, there are no standard rules. Instead, it is an understanding that depends on the type of plant, the soil, the weather, the time of year and many other variables. Fortunately, there are some averages we can use to start to figure out what to do.
In a previous blog - Water in the Garden, we explored what would be needed to have an abundant patch, but honestly, there is so much more to the discussion and design.
While the garden is essential to what we do, if you are looking at having animals in your system as well, water is an important consideration.
We can all get caught up in how cute that baby goat is or how we want lots and lots of ducks, but the reality is that if we do not have the water to look after and maintain, then we have created stress in our lives and our system.
To help in our water budgeting, it helps to know the averages. While not perfect, it gives us a baseline to start working from.
While our trees and gardens, on average, require 5L per tree or 5L per square metre in the peak of summer, animals require their water allocations every day.
Ducks - 1L per Duck per day
Chickens - 0.5L per Chicken per day
Pigs - 6L per day
Cow - 80-140L per day subject to feed
Goat - 9L per day
Sheep - 10L per day
Horse - 30-50L per day
Dogs - 50ml of water per kilo of body weight per day
Donkey - 24L per day
From these average figures and some simple maths, we can then look further into what our water needs might be to help create a resilient, regenerative and abundant system.