Hi there, I am into growing veg and own fruittrees in my 650sqm garden in Bavaria. I am only just starting to wake up to the ideas in permaculture and am finding it so far mind blowing! Creating guilds under apple trees, keyhole beds and herb spirals have me reeling with possibilities.
I live just an hour or so north from Sepp Holzer's Krameterhof farm and will be trying to convice my wife we should visit the place.
Just wanted to say hello and will be here often now seeking advice and maybe helping in any other way I can. I'm an old GIS man turned stay at home Dad so am familiar with CAD and GIS - did it for 15 years before changing diapers/nappies became my life.
I feel the same excitement! The world bristles with possibilities.
It would be fun to see some open-source software tools to map appropriate swales onto a landscape. If you end up writing anything to help you design for your own terrain, please consider sharing it! I understand there are already software tools to build contour maps from photographs.
"the qualities of these bacteria, like the heat of the sun, electricity, or the qualities of metals, are part of the storehouse of knowledge of all men. They are manifestations of the laws of nature, free to all men and reserved exclusively to none." SCOTUS, Funk Bros. Seed Co. v. Kale Inoculant Co.
I found an excellent looking app called GardenCAD tonight which may be an entry level for those looking to computerise their operations. I was impressed at first glance but had to chance to go much deeper with the kids getting on my nerves as usual!
Every so often i think that paul wheaton. has many sides to his nature and writes all the posts, i get a bit mind blown trying to think out whether he could be leah sattler and brenda groth and the new rogertheshrubber and polypardigm, confused by what evidence would back up such a theory and what would squash it. rose.
Well I am real and not some other character here! I'm named after the famous scene in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" where the Knights who say "NI" demand a shrubbery. I thought it would be an appropriate name!
I reckon those who design shrub underlyers should all be called shrubbers!