Permaculture Zones (http://www.permaculturegarden.com.au/permaculture-zones/)
Permaculture is a word that originated from the words “permanent”, “agriculture” and “culture” put together by an Australian ecologist, Bill Mollison. The idea on permaculture was brought to life when Mollison, who is also a professor at the University of Tasmania, got interested in studying what nature has to offer mankind and vice versa. He realized that human beings needed a change and have to be awakened to their responsibilities as nature’s caretaker.
His concept behind permaculture is to let people realize how all parts of nature should work together. That despite the differences on how all parts of nature work, each and every component has its vital role to play. And these roles when done for the common good and with a common goal, will provide sustainable living and the chance for nature and its parts to continuously evolve. The idea of it is for humans not to go against nature’s flow but instead to go along with it for it can benefit both humans and nature.
Included in the permaculture design are its zones.
There are five permaculture zones and they are differentiated by the amount of their use to human beings. To better understand them, these zones are arranged in a concentric design starting from the first zone up to the last. The first among the five is ZONE 0, the home center or the house. In this zone, permaculture principles should be put into action as a start for the practice on how man and nature should work together.
What are the Permaculture Zones?
The place that comes after the house or nearest it is Zone 1. All the components in this area are those that need constant human attention.
The gardens, the bins used for the remnants of organic materials are all parts of Zone 2.
Zone 3 is where plants are being grown and harvested.
The area where the ponds and shrubs are placed is in Zone 4. Zone 4 is where lumber is being produced and where woodlands are commonly managed.
Zone 5 which is the last among the zones is the wilderness. It’s placed in the last zone since it does not need much attention from human beings. Although the elements in Zone 5 are not being modified frequently and they remain undeveloped because no human activities are being done, these components still remain self-sustaining.
The idea of having permaculture zones is of great help in the training of permaculture principles because it provides human beings an idea on the level of attention they need to give each things in their surroundings.
Here are some sites worth looking into if you want to know more
- The Principles of Permaculture
- Paul Wheaton’s PERMIES website
- Sepp Holzer
- More Holzer