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"Not permaculture by no design"

 
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I joke that "I'm not permaculture, by no design".
I bought this surburban fix-er-up-er house 2 years ago. It's only 1/4 acre on a 10% grade in the back that borders a fresh water pond /river that then goes over a dam and the 2 mile river leads to the ocean (LI Sound). The dam is 50 feet south of my property. The pond is about 2.5 acres and is part of 5 acre woodland park that has canoe launches. This leads downriver with about 1 mile of undeveloped forest on the west bank. The river is teeming with fish, eels, wildlife and birds. Predators are the usual Northeast suspects, coyote, bobcat, mink, raccoons. The house is an 1860 Cape(?) 750 sf open 1st floor, small bedrooms upstairs, with a walkout basement

So no permaculture plan yet, I'm still in the observing phase and small projects.
-started a humanure compost pile at the highest point in my property. The soil is very compacted so I need good compost. Its a 2 year wait with the Jenkins method.
- I do core aeration of the property twice a year, by hand (good exercise, LOL). Loosens the soil, hopefully absorbs more water
- small garden of tomatoes, peppers, cukes, squash, onions, garlic.
- regular wood stove for most of my heat.
It's a start.
 
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Bill - it's an awesome start! Your property sounds lovely. Observation is the most powerful tool in the permaculture toolbox. Sounds like you've made some great observations so far. I'd love to see some pictures.
 
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