Permaculture : Intro course

This weekend I had a very interesting and intensive learning experience at a permaculture introduction course, it was also a great way to celebrate my birthday on Sunday. Having originally come from Australia I have a fairly decent understand of permaculture in relation to gardening practices but it is alot more broad than just gardening, its more a way of living that is based on Perma (Permanent) Culture (Agriculture).


“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” – Bill Mollison


I learnt quite a lot and it was quite intense as swedish isn’t my first language, but I had such a fantastic time.

The core tenets of permaculture are:

  • Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.

  • Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.

  • Return of surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.

The introduction course discussed the principles or permaculture, composting, different plants, fungi, water collection, design practices, harvesting energy and so much more. A great slideshow i found is:

I hope to later do a PDC – Permaculture Design Certificate so that I have a better grounding and learn design practices.

Vilken underbar helg! (och inte bara eftersom det var min födelsedag) Jag gjörde en introductionkurs kurs hos Medborgareskolan inom Permakultur. Min lärare heter Maria Svennbeck och lärde jag så väldigt mycket, trots att permakultur kommer ifrån Australien (mitt hemland). Om man vill lära sig mer om permakultur finns föreningen som har samlat information och kurser i Sverige.


Spring/Summer 2013

It’s hard to express how excited I am to start the growing year this year. My husband and I had our first year on our allotment last year but we were also plagued by terrible weather including blizzards in may and mostly rain and no sunshine. We were also too busy with our wedding to be able to walk to the allotment (kolonilott in swedish) enough to maintain it properly (weeding, watering etc).

This year looks like the weather will be alot more kind to us and so I thought I could share some things I’m really excited to grow this year, and some more information about our lives and how gardening is involved in it.

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Coriander/Cilantro: Having moved here from Australia, I can tell you one thing home-grown is SO much better. The coriander available in supermarkets here sadly has nearly no flavour. I miss being able to buy herbs cheaply that are flavourful but my own grown coriander tastes amazing. This year I am using cilantro from Baker Creek Seeds (USA) and Coriander from Runåbergs.


Paeonies/Poppy flowers: I have a combinating of paeonies and poppies that I plan to grow.

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Tomatoes/ Tomatilloes: We eat alot of tomatoes and mexican inspired food. I have wanted to grow tomatillos for quite a while and hope to preserve some at home.

Pickling cucumbers:  My husband and I are big pickle lovers, I favour kosher salt pickles while he loves vinegary pickles.

Chillies/Paprika: I love to use a variety of chillies in my cooking and preserving. This year I am growing a combination of Ancho chillies and some paprikas.