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June 23, 2022 0 Comments

Creating Rain

Dry Land Rain-Making

In this article, I’m going to share my research and experience with making it rain.  Nevermind the data-less climate “crisis.”  The need for rain in dry environments is obvious.  Well, it just so happens that human beings possess the ability to cause rain to fall.  How?  Let’s look at some of the methods I found.

Plant “rain trees” – species such as Ocotea foetens, the original “rain tree,” are known to condense water and shed it like

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Ocotea foetens grows throughout the Canary Islands and Madeira, Portugal.

rain.  So much so that some villages where it grows as a native plant are able to get over 80% of their water from these trees.  Another rain tree grows in the Amazonian rainforest, but Americans are very familiar with it; the Brazil Nut or Bertholletia excelsa.  This species makes it rain by drawing water 14 stories from beneath the soil surface, where the leaves release it to condense as rain clouds.  Half of the rainfall over the Amazon rainforest comes from trees like this one.  Note:  it can be difficult to find seeds or seedlings of these trees, if you wish to try your hand at cultivating them.  Be sure to confirm any seeds you buy have not been boiled or otherwise treated, so that they remain viable for planting.  Even if you simply plant more of any variety of trees that grow in your area, you’ll more than likely thereby cool the soil, increase moisture in the vicinity, and provide vital microclimate conditions for additional diverse species to take root.  Science is perennially failing to acknowledge what people intuitively find until much later on, so while we wait for scientists to admit the next amazing breakthrough, we can plant trees!


Texas Permaculture

Texas Permaculture – Will It Work?

image: Texas permacultureIn the state of Texas permaculture works just as well if not better than in other states.  Like our clients in California, Oregon, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, Nevada, and more, Texas land and home owners are a diverse group of individuals.  The climate of the state of Texas varies quite a bit from the humid coast and eastern half of the state to the desert of the far wild west.

This diversity represents an opportunity.  Let’s take the west Texas desert, for instance.  In this part of Texas the principles of permaculture can be applied to make soil fertile for growing fruit trees and edible perennials and shrubs.  Permaculture can also be applied to infuse the soil subsurface of the desert bentonite-rich soil there with water.  Permaculture works despite the tendency of soil in that particular part of Texas to shed water overland and be quite dry most of the year.

In Texas, Permaculture Can Increase Land Owner Profits

Applying principles use in this design discipline, land owners can boost productivity of their land-based business.  Productive land is true wealth.  It isn’t called real estate for nothing.  Getting unproductive or degraded land into optimal functioning shape so that it produces the maximum profits is very doable when permaculture is utilized.  It can restore pretty much any landscape in any condition.

There are different regional and microclimates across this large land mass.  Therefore, the techniques will change depending on where in Texas you own your property, but the strategies are similar.  If this transformative technology can reclaim the Sahara Desert, then it can do wonders for any other type of landscape.

The best way to implement permaculture in any landscape is to have a plan.  A plan is a tool that allows property owners to execute all of the various elements and techniques in a structured and ordered way that minimizes costs and maximizes success, while allowing for paced implementation over time.

To learn more or get a professional permaculture plan for any property, reach out to us.

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May 2, 2022 0 Comments

How Permaculture Creates Water

How Does Permaculture Create Water?

Can you actually create water?  I’ll leave that question for another time, but you can definitely find water where it doesn’t seem to be.  You can also make a smaller amount of water go farther.  How can you create water with permaculture?  By observing and doing earthworks.

What are earthworks?  Earthworks are simply the molding of the landscape into forms that achieve certain results.  In the case of water, image: create water with permacultureearthworks can help you to slow it down if it is moving too fast so that you can utilize it before it escapes.  In Old Town Pasadena, California, I observed gushing fountains of water being lost to storm drains when it rained.  I wondered then why the city, indeed the County of Los Angeles, wasn’t proactively capturing that amazing volume of precious H20 streaming across the vast landscape there.  Why weren’t those placed in charge of such things using that water to irrigate the landscape and green L.A.?

Well, let’s just say the system in place in cities across the United States is NOT geared toward water conservation.  Instead, it is set up to carry as much water as possible as fast as possible out to sea!

Using earthworks, you can essentially create water with permaculture and reverse that madness.  As the African man who transformed his patch of desert into a towering food forest did, you can dig pits and swales in the ground.  This simple act allows surface flowing water (think rain falling on compacted or nutrient-poor dirt and sheeting off overland) to infiltrate below the surface.


How To Build Bad Soil In a Dry Land

Desert Soil:  Oxymoron?

Those two words seem like opposites when you think about it.  A desert doesn’t have soil really, does it?  Living in a dry climate doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the desert.  Your home could be situated in a semi-arid “Mediterranean” zone that gets far less water than many places but still supports a variety of plants.  Whatever the ground is composed of, that’s your growing medium.  I firmly believe most “soils” can be recovered, but you may be starting with more of a dirt than a soil.  And that’s okay.  If your goal is to create or improve a landscape with little rainfall (clouds occasionally hovering but not always releasing their magic for the ground to soak up), you can focus on improving your soil’s capacity to hold what water does fall onto it.  This is one step toward moving it up the scale in terms of how well it will grow plants.

I recently tried to find information about how specifically to improve a special type of clay soil but didn’t find much at all.  Most people familiar with what I was looking for were adding it to their existing non-clay soil.  I wanted to know what to add to it in the case where a property’s soil was made of it.  The soil type in question?  Bentonite.


March 6, 2022 0 Comments

Permaculture Gardening During Food Shortages

Permaculture Gardening For Food Security

Since early 2020, just about the entire world has been through one major media-reported crisis after another.  The stories now are of course around Russia and Ukraine, but there are also a lot of articles coming out about impending shortages in the food supply.  In this article, I make a case for incorporating permaculture gardening into your lifestyle.

image: permaculture gardeningThe blocking of truck deliveries across borders, the delay of ships off major ports, the tripling of materials and shipping costs, American energy independence gone, and the trucking industry protests in Canada and the USA all contribute to forward-thinking concerns about the supply of food.

A friend sent me this photo from downtown Los Angeles, California.  I’ve already noticed that my local grocery store has had sparsely-stocked shelves two or three times in the last two months!

The Rockefeller Foundation released a report in February calling to defund farms and ranches and centralize control of the food supply of the globe.  In a ‘messaging guide’ for the report, the foundation states that “one of the consistent needs expressed by those seeking to transform the food system is a shared narrative.”  IMHO, globalist entities shouldn’t be granted solitary control over anything, so hopefully the Rockefellers aren’t successful in defunding farmers and ranchers!

In the meantime, We the People can (and should) prepare our own resilient systems of food production that WE control, rather than some outside entity.  If peaceful trucker protests against forced injection in Canada resulted in frozen bank accounts, then perhaps permaculture gardening ahead of any food crisis will assure food sovereignity if the planet’s food supply is taken over.


September 14, 2021 0 Comments

3 Top Healing Plants For Your Immune System

Keep Healthy Naturally With Plants

If you are worried due to all the noise on TV and piped over sound systems in stores, don’t worry; you can take simple action now to sidestep all the fear.

Using plants to stay healthy is tried and true, tested and proven over millennia of human civilization.  Most pharmaceutical drugs were derived from the plants that miraculously grew the medicine within their branching architectures.  For-profit corporate interests focus on making money, and so if shouldn’t surprise us that a return to the source – Nature – is powerful and inexpensive.