Permaculture Soils By Geoff Lawton (Documentory)

We’ve all seen environmental problems highlighted everyday on the media. Now comes the solution. From the man who said, “You can solve all the world’s problems in a garden” comes Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Soils DVD. 137 minutes of Permaculture soil creation strategies that really work! Even if you have never built a garden or got your hands dirty before, you will learn the secrets of real soil creation – partnering with the life in the Soil! Geoff will take you through every step of the process and explain in detail how to do it yourself. From Compost creation to larger Kitchen Gardens and then to broad acre farming – this is the future of biological agriculture.

Subjects covered:
Biodiversity and Compost
Designing a Kitchen Garden
Worm Farms
Duck Ponds
Using Chickens in a Food Forest
Pasture Management
Cell Grazing
Fungi
Soil Re-mineralization Strategies
Compost Teas
Soil Tests you can do yourself
Ripping the Soil
How to build an Instant Garden
and many more Permaculture design techniques are revealed in this unique DVD.

Plus Bonus extras:
“A Couple of Rough Types” – Permaculture cofounder Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in a very revealing discussion. (part of it at least)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQiT9iEFRSk

How To Really Stop Flooding

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When soil is depleted of organic matter, water just runs off it. A rethink of farming practice is much more vital than dredging or barriers.

The Prince of Wales’s visit to the Somerset Levels has once more drawn attention to the dire circumstances faced by thousands of people because of floods. And as more extreme rain drenches the UK, calls for more flood defences and river dredging have predictably become louder. There is, however, another focus that has been hardly mentioned. It’s soil or, more specifically, the benefits we could gain by treating it better.

The way we use land has fundamentally altered the way that many of our soils work. Intensive cultivation and grazing cause massive soil loss, with sediments leaving fields to clog up watercourses. Machinery and animal hooves have also caused many soils to become compacted so that, instead of absorbing water, holding it and slowly letting it go, it runs off hard impermeable surfaces all at once.

Because of intensive farming reliant on inorganic fertilizers, there has also been a widespread reduction in the proportion of soils comprising decaying plant remains – the so-called organic matter. Soils depleted in this way hold less water than when they have a healthier proportion of once living material, thereby further altering their ability to ameliorate flood risk.

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