Internationally relevant and filled with inspirational and thought provoking images that support and reinforce your values every day of the year. Including daily icons and moon phase times to guide your planting, and an example of a design principle for each month.
"Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be"
"Don't think you are on the right track just because it is a well-beaten path"
The icon of the sun coming up over the horizon with a river in the foreground shows us a world composed of edges.
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket."The spinebill and the humming bird both have long beaks and the capacity to hover, perfect for sipping nectar from long, narrow flowers. This remarkable co-evolutionary adaptation symbolises the specialisation of form and function in nature.
"The bigger they are, the harder they fall."
"Slow and steady wins the race."
Systems should be designed to perform functions at the smallest scale that is practical and energy-efficient for that function.
"Many hands make light work."
In every aspect of nature, from the internal workings of organisms to whole ecosystems, we find the connections between things are as important as the things themselves. Thus "the purpose of a functional and self-regulating design is to place elements in such a way that each serves the needs and accepts the products of other elements.”
"Can't see the wood for the trees"
"Waste not, want not"
"A stitch in time saves nine"
This principle brings together traditional values of frugality and care for material goods, the mainstream concern about pollution, and the more radical perspective that sees wastes as resources and opportunities.
"Let nature take its course"
"The sins of the fathers are visited on the children unto the seventh generation"
This principle deals with self-regulatory aspects of permaculture design that limit or discourage inappropriate growth or behaviour. With better understanding of how positive and negative feedbacks work in nature, we can design systems that are more self-regulating, thus reducing the work involved in repeated and harsh corrective management.