What is Permaculture?

Have you ever wondered what permaculture means? I have wanted to learn about permaculture for so long. I have learned bits and pieces of it, but nothing to really tell me how to do it.

permaculture gardening

I had the opportunity to review the book “Permaculture for the Rest of Us, Abundant Living on Less than an Acre”, by Jenni Blackmore and I jumped on it. Send me the book! I was so excited to learn more about this interesting method of planting.

abundant living on less than an acre, gardening, permaculture

The main premise of permaculture is that plants, animals, and insects can all live in symbiotic relationships together in harmony and support and build each other up, like how nature does it on its own. Land can actually heal itself if left alone.

Imagine a big tree in the woods, lightning strikes it or, more likely, someone comes and chops it down. The tree falls. The tree lays there lifeless. Over time, it begins to deteriorate. Bacteria, bugs, and animals all help break it down. It finally decomposes, and becomes fertilizer for the earth to have more fertility and the place it was can no longer be seen. The place it once was is unmarred by its presence again. Nature heals itself.

So, if this can happen in nature, how much more can it happen when we work with nature than against it? How can we do this? Permaculture teaches us how.

permaculture for the rest of us

So back to the book. Author, Jenni Blackmore tells about her disgust for slugs which started her on her journey towards permaculture and I loved hearing about her journey and how she got to where she is today. In the book, she teaches about building soil and how to work it. She also tells about important things you need for success, what animals have to do with it, and where to begin.

My favorite chapter was the one that talks about the permaculture principles. I have always wanted to learn them and she presented them in such a way that I could understand them clearly. I can’t wait to learn even more about them with some further study. I love how the author, Jenni Blackmore presents her information in a laid back way that is not intimidating even to beginners like me. She presents and anyone can do it attitude and that’s just what I need to learn.

permaculture design

I learned from the permaculture principles that I have a lot of natural instinct on how to plant to balance nature. I have no natural growing instincts, so it was so cool to see that some of the things I feel drawn to do are helping nature help me. At least I’m not slow at every part of growing.

I hope you will order the book for yourself right away so you can learn how you can practice permaculture even if you are living on a city lot like me. Click the picture below to check it out.

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What is Permaculture




  1. The winner tonight is Jessica T. Jessica, you have 24 hours to respond and I will drop the book in the mail to you as soon as i have your address. Congratulations! 🙂 I wish everyone could have won, but i LOVE giveaways, so hopefully i can do another one soon. Thank you so much everyone!

  2. April says:

    That is so cool! I didn’t even know this was a “thing”… thanks for the info, I’m going to look more into this for sure!

  3. Skip The Bag says:

    We just started our garden, and I’d love to see how we can put the principles and techniques of permaculture to work! We took a gardening class to learn more about it and the teacher was a founding member of the local permaculture club, but I unfortunately didn’t ask her much about it.

  4. Skip The Bag says:

    We just started our garden, and the person we took classes from does permaculture. I still have no idea what it is (I hope this book will help!), but I’m curious to try and do it!

  5. Jessica T says:

    I don’t really know anything about permiculture, but I have heard of it! Thank you for a chance to win a copy of this book. I subscribed! snowpumpkin at gmail dot com

  6. This looks like a very interesting book! My organic garden needs all the help it can get.
    The Pink Paperdoll

  7. Kris M. says:

    I’ve followed your blog and look forward to updates. I think permaculture is amazing, but also kind of vague. I hope this book would help cement it for me. My husband loves (loves!) learning about permaculture, so he would be super excited to win this.

  8. Alicia says:

    Hi Christina! I am subscribed. I need to know what these “principles” are! My interest is peaked! 🙂

  9. I enjoyed your review, Christina. I also enjoyed the book. It was both entertaining and educational. I won’t enter your drawing because I already have my own copy of the book (and my own giveaway going on), but best of luck to everyone who does enter!

  10. Enjoying your blog and being part of the Kids Garden group! sarahbenton81@gmail.com I’d love to learn more about permaculture and see how what I already do in the garden may be adapted to a more natural and sustainable way of growing. 🙂

  11. Katie says:

    I look forward to seeing what else your blog offers, crunchling@hotmail.com .
    I am I interested in learning what the principles are and how i can incorporate them in my own yard.

  12. Kristin zueger says:

    I’m excited to start following your blog, kzug22@hotmail.com. This book sounds great I’ve just started really learning about about permaculture but a lot of the information I’ve found seems to assume I already have a foundation in its principles or its more information than what I can handle. I’d love to find a book that offers some simple ways to begin and build a foundation from there.

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