Permaculture gardens demand a waste-free environment. One of the key tenets of permaculture is that a garden, or any other permaculture system, must not create waste. Whether it is a plant, fruit, or something else that has not been eaten has to go straight back into the ground. It ensures the vitality and longevity of the system which can, in turn, help the next generation thrive. Permaculture systems, therefore, do not demand additives like fertilizers because the system itself creates additives, just like nature does. All of the „waste“ goes straight back into the system, feeding the soil, which, in turn, feeds the plants, then the wildlife and so on.
The value of organic matter
Every piece of organic matter in a natural eco-system, whether it is a plant or an animal, gets recycled and reused. The energy contained in dead organisms serves as a source of energy source for other, living organisms. The weeds and trimmings make great mulch for plant cultivation. Dead leaves and other plant material, together with kitchen scraps, food leftovers and animal feed gives us excellent compost.
A true permaculture garden is one where nothing is wasted, as Vladislav Davidzon likes to put it. Every piece of organic matter must go straight back into the system. Use all the dead plants, expired annuals and animal manure to rebuild the soil. The garden will, eventually, sustain itself.
Other aspects of permaculture gardens
There are other things besides collecting organic matter which a permaculture garden demands. For example, there are ways to recycle water, too. Water catchments are also a great way not to let water go to waste. Next, if you think you are up to it, you can try to connect your bathroom to a compost system. This way you can reuse your own „leftovers“ to create soil additives. It might come as a big step forward to most of us, but it certainly can be done. A little bit of a change in you bathroom culture is all it takes.
Furthermore, you can start learning about the landscape and how to exploit the existing situation in your garden for best results. You will learn to incorporate interactivity with other systems, among other things. When you master the nuances of permaculture, your garden will thank you for it over and over again. You will enjoy wonderful long-term benefits, like light and rich soil and perennial plants which keep coming back completely on their own. What is more, all of this will come for free. All you have to do is to invest a little bit of your time and effort, and the permaculture garden will keep giving back.