RESEARCH and EXPERIMENTS
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forest gardener and human being we know as Jonathan Bates.
Abbie Conrad (writing on her tremendous work on permaculture among smallholder farmers in Malawi)
Christopher Kelly-Bisson (of the new permaculture e-journal The Rhizome).
Rice Paddy Aquaculture – for Sustainable Protein and Food Security utilizing all the ecological niches available in the rice pond paddy ecosystem.
FAO Rice Paddy Aquaculture
Rice Prawn and Rice Shrimp Aquaculture
Integrated rice and Carp Farming
G8 Rice Fish
Hugelkultur is making raised garden beds under which is filled with twigs, branches and rotting wood. They are raised garden beds with organic material, air pockets and nutrients for the roots of what you plant. This system has been used in Europe for hundreds of years. A point worth noting is that in the tropics the system rotting wood breaks down quickly due to the year round decomposition, high moisture and much higher temperatures. So in Thailand be prepared to rebuild your Hugel bed every 2 years.
you can grow a typical garden without irrigation or fertilization
it has been demonstrated to work in deserts as well as backyards
it uses up rotting wood, twigs, branches and even whole trees that would otherwise go to the dump or be burned
it can be flush with the ground, although raised garden beds are typically better
it sequesters carbon and is good for the environment
RAIN GARDENS A rain garden is a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. The garden should be positioned near a runoff source like a downspout, driveway or grey water pipe to capture water runoff and stop the water from leaving the property.
BEST Organic Weed Control – put on in the morning the weeds are dead by evening
NEVER buy Round Up (it is carcinogenic)