Permaculture Design

Factors Influencing The Selection Of Mulch 

7MFIJianbUEuikQPIwdbLtVBDHU Mulch is not just mulch. There are specifics to each type of mulch, an these are vital in determining the mulch that is selected for a certain job. Ideally, you can use any type of mulch on any type of work that you wish to. Practically speaking however, that is a whole other issue. Experts in mulch and mulching techniques at Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute are better placed to assist you understand the dynamics of the same. For those who would wish to learn more on a highly professional level, they should enroll at the institute for better and more detailed learning. The factors that influence the selection of mulch include;

Functionality 

Mulch is applied in different areas for very different purposes. Each type of mulch has its own suitability to a certain function.

MulchWhile all types of mulch may be applicable in each and every area of application, there are some types that offer the best type and quality of functionality. For instance, rubber mulch is very well suited for use in a playground due to the elastic properties of rubber. It is also good for use in the garden setting since it provides good insulation, weed suppression and water retention properties. However, it does not decompose and therefore does not contribute to the nutritional value of the soil, as such, an organic mulch such as straw is best suited for gardening.

Properties 

As stated earlier, each type of mulch has certain qualities which make it best suited for a specific area of application. Mulches are made from different substances, each of which bears different properties in comparison to another type of mulch. Similarly, each of these properties is best suited to serve a particular fucntion better than others. It is more or less like looking for the “X” factor in mulch. For example,as explained earlier, the elasticity of rubber makes it very well suited for use in playgrounds.

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Regenerative Leadership Institute – permaculture courses

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Despite living in a world of industrialized production of food and where wars over oil are still being fought, there are more and more of those who are becoming aware of the importance of healthier living and sustaining the Earth. A discipline that is focused largely on preserving the Earth is permaculture, whose first principle is exactly taking care of the Earth, and the other two main principles include taking care of humans and returning of the surplus after using the resources. Starting off as “permanent agriculture”, permaculture has throughout the years switched to being more like “permanent culture” – since its principles can be applied not only to gardening and forestry, but to almost any aspect of living. The goal of permaculture is to create a fully self-sustaining entity, whether it is a garden, a park or a household, where renewable energy sources are used and natural patterns are carefully observed and copied. Organizing a household over permaculture principles means living in accordance with nature and working with it rather than against it.

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img_0325 (1)This concept was invented not so long ago. It was only some forty years ago when Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren invented permaculture and gave it its name. However, despite being relatively new, permaculture relies on old techniques, known to the mankind from ancient times.

Ever since it was invented, permaculture has been gaining in popularity, so today there are numerous courses, video clips and books on the topic, whose number continues to grow. Vladislav Davidzon, a permaculture enthusiast and expert, founded an institute which offers permaculture courses for everyone. His Regenerative Leadership Institute has, for over a decade now, provided people with the knowledge of applying permaculture principles to their everyday lives and their job as well. The Institute offers three kinds of courses – a free online course, based on video materials, which requires nothing but registering onto the website. Then, there is a paid online course, also based on video materials, but the difference from a free course is that this one brings you an international certificate of permaculture design upon completion. The paid course also requires you to design your own permaculture project and to take a test after watching all the videos.

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Other than online courses, there is also a live course, held in San Francisco during winter and in Eugene during summer. This course is somewhat different, since it involves many more aspects than just learning the permaculture principles “by the book”. First of all, this course is based on camping, which means you will be living much closer to the nature than you are used to. Then, all the attendees are split into teams, and each team cooks on different days, that part is called permaculture design manual, which teaches people live and function within a community and build healthy relationships with others. The attendees will also be made to spend a part of the time alone, in order to get to know themselves better and to learn to find their way in nature. Here the attendees will not have visual contact with others, but they will be contacted over phone on regular basis by the course leaders.

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It may sound like the live course has nothing to do with permaculture – but it sure does. Permaculture is not only about planting and gardening, it is much more. It involves taking care of yourself and of people around you, living in accordance with nature, observing its patterns and listening what the nature has to say – and this is all possible to learn while taking this course.

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