Salutations fellow permies! Here is my guide for getting help on permaculture projects at permies.com.
1. Please specify how much you know about permaculture. This will help us guide you to appropriate sources of information for your training and development. You, the person asking for help, are making the site. We may or may not be able to guide you through the entire process, and you will be the one living on the site not us. Therefore, it is in your own best interest to become as educated and informed as you possibly can about permaculture and the design process. Here are some resources to get you started. Feel free to purple mooseage me if you need help finding some more resources; I want you all to be the smartest people around!!!
Paul Wheaton Permaculture Keynote (fantastic introduction to permaculture!)
2. Please specify the amount of help you are looking for from us. We cannot effectively help you unless you specify in which ways help is needed. We are not mind-readers.
3. Please please, I am begging you to fill out one or two permaculture design client questionnaires. These are soooo sooo very useful!!! They are great for organizing your thoughts and finding out what information you need to collect and what information you already know. It also helps you and us figure out what you have available and what you will need to accomplish your goals for your site. Also, please upload the completed file for us to view.
4. Outline your goals! Be clear!
5. If you do need specific information about your site's weather, please visit these wonderful websites:
Weather Underground (wonderful daily and weekly information)
Weather Spark (amazing place to get graphs and annual/monthly data)
RSS Weather (great place to get climate graphs with temperature and rainfall)
6. Technical Data is a must for making a good design. Take the time to collect and process it, and you will more pleased with the progress you make. Here are more good resources to use:
Plants For a Future Database and Wikipedia are great for finding plants that grow in your area and learning about their needs and usefulness. Also, never forget to get in touch with your local botanical gardens, forestry departments, etc.
Sun Position Calculator can give you the motions of the sun throughout the year in your area along with the azmith and solar declinations. If you do not understand the data being given, they have tutorials that you can access by clinking the links on the left-hand sidebar of their website.
If you want to do it yourself through observation, a clinometer is a great tool for finding the solar declinations at your site.
If you are into doing your own experiments, you can conduct do-it-yourself soil tests instead of going to a university or land office to find out more.
8. Setup an organized system for getting everything done. Google Drive is a great one. You can load all your files and collaborate with as many people as you want on it.
9. Begin the design process and post updates. Be clear about where you need help and where you are stuck. Also, local permie-ish people can be located through the Permaculture Global and Transition Networks. Also the Ecovillage Community people are quite knowledgeable, too.
10. I have attached my first permaculture design to this post so you have an example of how to write design. My instructor told me he was impressed, so I guess it is a good design. At the end of the design, I mentioned Masanobu Fukuoka as my design leader which explains why I did not go into detail into wher all the plants should be.I want the plants to figure it out for themselves, but I also gave general guidelines on how to coordinate plants with each other, too.
You are an awesome individual putting this all together like that. Hopefully many folks will reference it before posting their questions. Don't expect it all the time, but it will help out many folks. You will be a great force in this effort called permaculture. I'll be very interested what you do once you are through your college time.
Many of the videos on that Youtube playlist you posted are incomplete and/or missing sound and some lectures are flat-out missing.
Here is the official NCSU page for that course with all of the (complete) associated videos. I found it (after watching and being frustrated by the Youtube version) in the online college courses section of openculture.com - another great source of information.
Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't.
Now that you have a shape, you will need to modify it. A more specific tutorial is this one that goes over how to make gift tags- using the same idea of layering. The key will be carefully adjusting the transparency, coloring, and position of freeform shapes in layers (use of send backward and send forward buttons).
-To bring forward: Right click the freeform shape you've made>hover over bring to front>click bring forward
-To bring backward: Right click the freeform shape you've made>hover over send to back>click bring backward
-To adjust transparency: Right click the freeform shape you've made>select fill>more fill colors>at the bottom of the window that opens is the Transparency slider
And ta-da! That's how I applied layers to my photos. If you get tired of things getting out of place in the designing process of making layers on your photo or you are sure that these layers are not going to be changing you can merge shapes.