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Please help me find info on PC applied in the tropics.

 
Sergio Santoro
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Ok, still in love with permaculture; I know it's a vision and a concept and it can be applied to deserts, swamps, jungles and prairies, but, at least on this forum (I found an Australian forum, but I am still waiting for an answer on the same questions I asked here in my intro post, so forget them) everything seems very much oriented toward temperate zones, with a winter, or where, when it rains, it's usually the cold season when you don't grow much anyway, while here rainy season is prime growing season.
The videos about sepp holzer's properties are amazing as far as his ingenuity, but then I'm left thinking: "Wait a minute, the decomposition in his hugelkultur bed creates heat and that's why he gets plants to survive in the Alps? I don't need any more fricking heat than there is already! Dry or rainy season, I go barechested most of the time. Also I just made a mix of seeds of lettuces, radishes, wild flowers and mung beans and planted them all around a tree so they keep the root area moist and benefit from the tree's shadow, like I just read, but here it's going to rain soon and more and more frequently, wouldn't the tightness of the plants allow for major mold problems? How close should plants be for it to count as companion planting?
Well, I have a bunch of questions of this sort, basically I'd like to get in touch with people, websites, and/or forums that are more familiar with my area.
Or should I keep searching this forum, and I'll find something?

Actually, I have another observation. Many say PC is about observing nature, but there is a lot of knowledge involved that if it wasn't for this forum... Like, not in a million years I would gather that dandelion fixes calcium (or whatever it was), or all the things I read about buckwheat, comfrey, etc. We don't even have them here, so go figure what accumulates specific minerals in the forest of Costa Rica.
 
Mekka Pakanohida
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SergioSantoro wrote:
Ok, still in love with permaculture; I know it's a vision and a concept and it can be applied to deserts, swamps, jungles and prairies, but, at least on this forum (I found an Australian forum, but I am still waiting for an answer on the same questions I asked here in my intro post, so forget them) everything seems very much oriented toward temperate zones, with a winter, or where, when it rains, it's usually the cold season when you don't grow much anyway, while here rainy season is prime growing season.
The videos about Sepp Holzer's properties are amazing as far as his ingenuity, but then I'm left thinking: "Wait a minute, the decomposition in his hugelkultur bed creates heat and that's why he gets plants to survive in the Alps? I don't need any more fricking heat than there is already! Dry or rainy season, I go barechested most of the time. Also I just made a mix of seeds of lettuces, radishes, wild flowers and mung beans and planted them all around a tree so they keep the root area moist and benefit from the tree's shadow, like I just read, but here it's going to rain soon and more and more frequently, wouldn't the tightness of the plants allow for major mold problems? How close should plants be for it to count as companion planting?
Well, I have a bunch of questions of this sort, basically I'd like to get in touch with people, websites, and/or forums that are more familiar with my area.
Or should I keep searching this forum, and I'll find something?

Actually, I have another observation. Many say PC is about observing nature, but there is a lot of knowledge involved that if it wasn't for this forum... Like, not in a million years I would gather that dandelion fixes calcium (or whatever it was), or all the things I read about buckwheat, comfrey, etc. We don't even have them here, so go figure what accumulates specific minerals in the forest of Costa Rica.



Aussie forums talk a lot about rain forests, and there is even documents over at PRI you can download for free regarding permaculture in tropical settings.  Heck, the Permaculture Designers Manual has an entire chapter dedicated to it.

 
Steven Baxter
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Check out setups in hawaii, Olomana gardens, activate Kauai are a few. Compost worms and aquaponics are doing well there.
 
Mekka Pakanohida
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oracle wrote:
Check out setups in hawaii, Olomana gardens, activate Kauai are a few. Compost worms and aquaponics are doing well there.


Oh, on that same vein, Jason Scott Lee, the movie star, he has a permaculture setup in Hawai'i & made a movie about it called, "Toward Living Pono"


 
Sergio Santoro
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Oh awesome, thanks so much! I'll check them out shortly (car dead on the road...).
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