So I went over and checked out the trailer for this new DVD, wow it's just what I've been wanting to see.
Q: I am wondering what climate the DVD covers though. Does anyone know?
Living in the PNW (central Oregon) as I do, many instructional materials won't work in my neck of the woods, but I'm hopeful this will.
I believe raised beds are good in my high rain fall climate (30+") and I think this may be covered on the DVD.
Q: I am also wondering how low or high tech the solutions and ideas presented in the DVD are? For example, how much equipment, money and muscle are required.
I really like simple solutions, being a small female type, so the lower tech the better as far as my being able to keep it sustaining.
I think it would be a great idea to have different videos for different climate areas. I am sure you can find something on YouTube that will work for your area, but I think as long as you are following these principles and ideas for an urban space and pay attention to what you see that does well in your area, you will come out just fine. What I have noticed in all of my reading and watching and chatting is that most areas people are working with seem to be relatively flat or larger than what a typical urban person has available - at least in Seattle! We have hills and ravines, so landslides are a real problem and a lot of the water catchment systems that are encouraged could cause some serious problems.
I'm so curious as to what Geoff would say about applying permaculture to my conifer rain forest region.
I'm sure there are many things to mitigate the issues I face, such as to much rain in the winter, no rain at all in the summer. Poor soils and lack of nutrients.
Thanks to Rain Tenaqiya and all the others who helped compile this info into an easily digestible single volume.
Deep mulching and hugelkultur/buried course organic material should help with poor soil fertility and moisture retention during long, dry summers (as should testing for mineral deficiencies and inoculating the soil with beneficial fungi and bacteria). Ponds and wetlands may be another way of changing the local microclimate in your favor, especially if you have heavy clay soils that absorb and hold water like we often do in the Willamette valley. Where in Oregon are you located?
I asked some questions above, but as you can see I'm not sure if Geoff has come by.
I think Paul's plan was for people to post really cool questions that Geoff would answer thereby promoting his DVD's. But then Paul said he would delete blatant thread titles which screamed for Geoff to come and post - oy, the work of it all *wink*
So my Admin advise to you would be to start a thread here under Permaculture on a question you have about Urban Permaculture. And then pray that Geoff stops by....and Paul picks your post.
All the best!
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