Grow Your Own Produce!

image: permaculture food forestAre you tired of buying produce that’s been shipped from across the country or even across the world? Do you want to grow your own food but don’t know where to start? Look no further than permaculture food forests! These ecosystems mimic natural forests and are designed to be self-sustaining, low-maintenance, and highly productive. Here are ten foods that you can grow in your own food forest:

Leafy greens (such as kale, spinach, and collard greens)
Cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts)
Berries (such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
Nuts and seeds (such as almonds, walnuts, and chia seeds)
Fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and sardines)
Sweet potatoes
Legumes (such as lentils, chickpeas, and black beans)
Whole grains (such as quinoa, brown rice, and whole wheat bread)
Herbs and spices (such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon)

But how do you grow or source these foods? That’s where permaculture food forest courses come in. I developed a course to teach you how to design, plant, and maintain your own food forest, no matter where you live. You’ll learn about companion planting, guilds, and other techniques that maximize productivity and minimize maintenance. And best of all, you’ll be part of a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for sustainable living. If you’re not convinced yet, consider the benefits of permaculture food forests. They:

Provide fresh, healthy food for you and your family
Reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the need for long-distance transportation
Promote biodiversity and support local ecosystems
Save you money in the long run by reducing your grocery and even power bills
Create a beautiful and peaceful environment that you can enjoy year-round
Increase the value of your property

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for my permaculture food forest course today and start growing your own food!

Benefits of Sustainable Landscape Design for Southern California Homeowners

Sustainable Landscape Benefits in Southern California

Are you a homeowner or property owner in Southern California looking to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape that provides a range of benefits for you and the environment? Look no further than Eco-Logic Permaculture & Landscape Design! My highly trained and reliable professional process can help you create a landscape that not only looks great but also provides a range of benefits for you and the environment where you live. Here are some of the benefits of sustainable landscape design:

  • Water conservation: By using native and multi-functional plants that require less water and designing a landscape that is water-efficient, you can reduce your water bill and save money in the long run.
  • Reduced maintenance: Sustainable landscapes require less maintenance, which means you can spend less time and money on upkeep and more time enjoying your outdoor space.
  • Improved soil health: Sustainable design incorporates practices like composting and mulching to improve soil health, which can help your plants grow stronger and healthier.
  • Local wildlife support: By creating a healthy and thriving ecosystem in your own backyard, you can help support local wildlife and protect your regional environment for future generations.
  • Health benefits: Sustainable landscapes provide a range of health benefits, including reducing stress and improving air quality.
  • Energy savings: By creating a landscape that provides shade and cooling for your home, you can reduce your energy bills and keep your home comfortable all year round.

Eco-Logic understands the unique challenges of designing a landscape in Southern California, having lived there for four years myself.  So I work closely with my clients to create a design that meets their needs and fits their budget. Whether you are looking to create a new landscape from scratch or simply update your existing one, I can help. So if you are ready to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape that provides a range of benefits for you and the environment, contact me today. I am ready to apply my expertise and almost two decades of industry experience to help you take the right steps towards a healthier and more sustainable future.

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5 Inspiring Ways to Create a Sustainable and Resilient Outdoor Space

image: grow food sustainablyCreating a sustainable and resilient outdoor space is not only good for the environment but also good for your health and well-being. Here are five inspiring ways to create a beautiful outdoor space that is also ecologically sound:

1. Use Eco-Friendly Materials and Plants

Using ecologically friendly materials and plants is an important part of creating a sustainable and resilient outdoor space. Using materials that don’t harm the ecology of your local area is one way you can save money and keep your outdoor space healthy for you to use. Consider using recycled materials and low-maintenance plants native to your zone. Incorporating native plants in and around an outdoor patio will provide even more benefits, like promoting biodiversity and erosion prevention.

2. Apply Principles of Ecological Design and Permaculture Practices

When growing food in your outdoor space, it boosts productivity to apply principles of ecological design and permaculture.  This helps ensure that your food production and garden systems are integrated with the wisdom of the natural environment and avoids contaminating your soil and water. Sustainable residential landscape architecture practices can help build a network of productive and also resilient landscapes. Multifunctional plants can be used to regenerate degraded landscapes and provide critical habitat at home and in neighborhoods. When growing food, gardeners should look for organic and nontoxic products as well as follow the principles of permaculture to ensure the food they grow is healthy and supports beneficial wildlife that reduces maintenance.


April 8, 2023 0 Comments

Texas Xeriscape Designs

In Texas Xeriscape Designs Can Be Lush As Well As Water Conscious

By far, most people tend to believe that in states like Texas xeriscape designs have to be dry-looking, mostly empty, and contain only cacti and gravel.  But this is due to a misunderstanding.  Xeriscaping is landscaping with less water, which in states with arid landscapes is an eco-conscious approach to take when redoing an existing landscape or developing a new property.

image: Texas xeriscaping designsMany deserts are actually desertified rather than natural.  The Chihuahua Desert, for example, was not too long ago a forested grassland; then mismanagement deforested the region and pulled up grass plants by the roots.  The area actually gets a large amount of water in the form of precipitation.  In the winter of 2022-2023, for example, an ice storm held millions of gallons of water in suspension for several days before it melted, giving it ample time to soak into the ground afterward.

Texas Xeriscape Designs That Match Nature

The issue is often degradation of natural landscape function, which frequently causes erosion and prevents infiltration of water back into underground aquifers.  The Big Bend region of west Texas has a varied hydrogeology, so that one land owner can dig down twelve feet for a well while her neighbor might have to go three hundred feet.  Despite this, precipitation can be captured and coaxed back into the soil instead of allowed to wash away.


What Is Permaculture Farming?

Question: What Is Permaculture Farming?

It’s an unusual term, so I wanted to answer the question, what is permaculture farming?  Farming is pretty self-explanatory.  But how does the application of permaculture change farming exactly?  In this article I give my take on the combination of these two industries.

If you want to learn in-depth how you can apply these concepts in specific ways to your property, my Food Forest Mastery course is now open for registration.  Learn more or register.

Permaculture is a design system that empowers us to cooperate with Nature in ways that deliver powerful results we couldn’t otherwise achieve.  It has been demonstrated in the most extreme climate and region on Earth, the Sahara Desert, and it works in any other place!  Used in farming, permaculture radically improves soil health, restores vital habitat, attracts abundant wildlife that benefit your garden, yard, or acreage, filters and conserves water, replenishes underground aquifers, reverses desertification, increases food diversity, reduces costs, raises property value, and more.

Applying permaculture to your farm project is frankly a no-brainer.  Commercial agriculture is known to be damaging, and the term ‘degenerative’ has begun to come into use to describe practices of land use that do not take ecosystem health into account.

What is Permaculture Farming then?  It is farming with rather than against the natural patterns and systems given to us by our planet.  Permaculture offers us a set of principles that can be applied to any landscape project.  Most people I’ve spoken to about it, however, have told me that they have trouble applying the information.  They spend money on books or even design courses, yet they don’t feel confident enough or know where to begin.  That’s why I created the Food Forest Mastery course, to give permaculture enthusiasts my step-by-step process.  With it anyone can create their own permaculture food forest – an excellent way to combine permaculture with farming.  I eliminated the worry people have told me they felt about making expensive mistakes, too.  So students can achieve food independence.  And the other big thing I heard when I asked people trying to answer the question what is permaculture farming and how do you apply it to your project is the strong desire to inspire communities to be more sustainable.  So I built that into my course too.  If you’re interested in learning my effective, powerful system, which I developed over 17 years as a professional permaculture designer, you can learn more or register HERE.

I hope this article helps you understand more about what the combination of farming and permaculture can do and how you might apply it to your property or project.  If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me via my contact form.


November 4, 2022 0 Comments

Permaculture in Oregon

Oregon Permaculture: Challenges and Opportunities

Do you want to engage permaculture on your property in Oregon?  If so, it helps to understand the unique challenges and image: Oregon permacultureopportunities you have in this green state.  Permaculture was developed by an Australian, so it is uniquely capable of healing desertified lands.  However, with the amount of storm water many parts of your state receive, you can make the best of what this powerful discipline has to offer.

Challenges for Oregon Properties

One of the biggest hurdles my clients face is the abundance of water.  Combine that with colder temperatures during the winter season and you can get frost pockets.  A frost pocket is a patch where the ground is frozen or covered in frost for longer periods, making it tough to grow plants there.  Another aspect to this combination of seasonal conditions for Oregonians is drainage issues.  This is likely familiar to you as you read this, because it is a common issue.  If you’re new to the state or have just purchased property, this happens when soil is either slow-draining, high clay content, or the grade of your yard does not support good drainage.

Luckily, these issues can easily be solved by the application of permaculture principles.


August 4, 2022 0 Comments

Southampton New York Top Five Plant List

Plants To Boost Your Southampton Property

In permaculture design, I use elements that offer multiple benefits.  This is known as stacking functions.  This is no different if you are considering plants or hardscape features.  Today I’m going to share my top five plant picks for Southampton yards, plants with more than just one beneficial quality.

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      1. Agastache nepetoides – Yellow Giant Hyssop is a beautiful native plant that is threatened statewide.  Planting it in your yard can help save this plant as well as provide critical habitat for birds and other beneficial pollinator species which rely on it for food and shelter.  Agastache as a genus offers many colors, and this species has the same beautiful greyish-green leaves as others in this genus.  The scent is no less than glorious, explaining what drives bees so crazy around these plants.