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Natural Farming in India   Leave a comment

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: Hybrid Seeds and Genetically Modified Seeds (a brief excerpt)   Leave a comment

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture“Hybrid seeds (F1 varieties) are entirely unsuited to permaculture systems.  These seeds have been bred so that most of them no longer have the ability to reproduce.  They do not breed true (in other words they cannot pass on the characteristics and qualities of their variety every time) and must always be bought new again–much to the satisfaction of the seed companies.

They come from homozygous inbred lines, are frequently sterile and are not suited to varying local conditions.  They give good yields, but are more susceptible to disease, because they are not suited to local conditions.  All of this coupled with the crops being grown as a monoculture leads to the population of single species increasing to large numbers and later leads to the use of pesticides.

Genetically modified seeds are even more questionable!  In my opinion, it is a crime against Nature to alter the genetic make-up of a living thing in this way.  Anyone who treats Nature with consideration and understanding will feel the same.

The results and repercussions of using genetic modification in plant cultivation and animal breeding cannot yet be foreseen and it seems that its use can barely be regulated or kept in check any more.  As a result of specialization and modernization, we have almost entirely lost the plant diversity we once had and, with it, many resources in farming and gardening.

The fact that in the EU the propagation and marketing of seeds has been taken away from farmers and has been left to agricultural companies is particularly questionable.

Once I became aware of this, I made a great effort to propagate the seeds of every conceivable cultivated plant suited to the Krameterhof.  The plant diversity on the Krameterhof provides me with a kind of living seed bank.  Visitors to the Krameterhof are allowed to harvest seeds in small amounts for their own use during tours of the farm.”

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Posted September 9, 2011 by alex hroz in Permaculture

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Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: How To Develop A Feel For Your Soil (a brief excerpt)   Leave a comment

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“There is a tried and tested way to determine the soil type. It is called the ‘finger test’ and it is very easy to carry out.

To perform the test take some fresh soil, (not dried out) and roll it between your palms or finger and thumb. The stickiness and how easy the earth is to mould varies from soil type to soil type. You can also find out how large the grains of soil are in the same way.

The first thing I determine is whether the soil is ‘light’ and made of sand or loamy sand, ‘medium’ and made of sandy loam or ‘heavy’ and made of loam, clay loam or clay. The ‘weight’ of the soil depends on how well the materials it is composed of bind together.

To begin with, I try to roll the earth between my palms to about the thickness of a pencil. I this does not work it means that the soil is sandy. Otherwise I am dealing with at least a ‘medium’ soil of sandy loam. If I can roll the earth to half the thickness of the previous one, then it is heavy loam or clay. To tell the difference between the two I can break the roll in two. Shiny layers indicate clay, whereas matte layers indicate loam.”

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Posted September 8, 2011 by alex hroz in Permaculture

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Permaculture In Russia   Leave a comment

Posted April 26, 2011 by alex hroz in Permaculture

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Permaculture Food Forest   Leave a comment

Posted April 26, 2011 by alex hroz in Permaculture

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Permaculture: Replacing Irrigation With Permaculture   Leave a comment

Posted April 26, 2011 by alex hroz in Permaculture

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