Design Project: Applying Permaculture Principles and a Design


Now I am up to sharing the documentation for A for Applying Permaculture Principles from the CEAP process for my design project. This consists of the design map, and a spreadsheet of the principles and patterns applied in the design.

Design and comments

Ta da!

Ta da!

Feedback on the design - success!

Feedback on the design – success!

Features of this design

This design is more child-focused, with a designated mulched section with stepping stone pavers with children’s garden and sandpit in the shade of the grevillea tree. I have noted a kid’s play area (intended as a rubber mat for safer playing than on the concrete) in the patio area which will allow for under cover play once the patio cover is built.

Having a mulched area will have many benefits, such as:

  • reduce the area for lawn mowing,
  • improve the look,
  • reduce the impact of sand wandering from the sandpit and help little feet brush off sand before coming in the house
  • help prevent the elm tree root suckers from popping up
  • improve the soil

The food production area next to it shows a location for the dwarf peach tree to be planted, and a blueberry shrub to accompany our existing shrub, and also to be planted in the ground behind the low bluestone wall. Planting them will help them to retain moisture and keep their roots cool.

The grevillea shrub along the fence can be moved to the children’s garden, and this creates space for a trellis and a couple of raspberry canes.

I have suggested a dwarf mulberry tree as they are established quickly and don’t need another tree for pollination. If not, then another fruit tree but check size and whether two trees are needed for pollination. The intention is for the trees to have guilds of perennial plants to support their needs for nitrogen, insects, and mulch, and many of those can easily be edible or medicinal. A water tank will fit next to the shed and provide drip irrigation for the trees.

I have put in an extra raised garden bed for more annuals behind the low bluestone wall (design principle #3: obtain a yield) while the trees are getting established.

On the other side of the house, the pergola can support a passionfruit vine and eventually a grapevine once the passionfruit dies back. An herb planter can sit on top of the easement outlet next to this, and after the daphne is removed, a potted lemon tree and potted rosemary will fit there in easy access to the kitchen and the tap.

Next to this is a ground mounted fold out washing line, ideally with a shade cover. This will take advantage of wind there to dry clothes (rather than using a small indoor clothes horse and dryer) and provide a wind break for the plants without causing issues with the easement piping.

A new garden bed in front of BBQ on the patio will provide a handy sunny spot for natives, including the woolly bush to be moved there as it hasn’t thrived in its current location. This will help to improve the rocky clay soil and have some wind protection from being in front of the BBQ.

This design doesn’t show an outdoor hutch for day time grass grazing and spreading manure by our little inhabitants, but that would be beneficial.

How does permaculture apply to this design?

This table outlines the 12 principles and my comments about how they relate to my design.

Applying Principles to the Design

Future possibilities

Consider an extra compost bin or two to accommodate extra plant material and allow one in use while the other is full.

To be reviewed after the patio cover is in place and we can observe how it casts shade and guides wind.

In conclusion

So, the design is the theory, and next I will share with you the budget, implementation plan, and maintenance notes to show how this can all happen!

The Design Project series

Making a Start

Creating an Example

Design Project Site Observations and Maps

Design Project Developing my Process and a Promise to VEG

Design Project Client Interview

Design Project Tools for Analysis

Design Project Key Functions and a Design (nearly!)


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