Permaculture Design Principles

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What are the permaculture design principles? How do you apply permaculture design principles in your garden and life? These are the questions explored through a wide range of examples in Masterclass #5 with Morag Gamble. The principles are based on the David Holmgren’s book ‘Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability’.


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Morag’s masterclasses, like this film, are always free, but usually they are registration-only. This one is released for viewing to encourage you to register for the future sessions. When you register, you can actually choose to be automatically booked into all future monthly masterclasses. This means that even if you cannot attend, you receive a link to the recording.

Each month, over 1000 people have been registering to hear Morag’s masterclasses. She explores a different topic within permaculture each time – a topic chosen by the masterclass participants.


On April 30th, Morag will present SEVEN TIPS FOR AN ABUNDANT NO-DIG GARDEN


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  1. Pearlyplunder on November 18, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I always learn something new from you, Morag. Thank you so much for taking the trouble of re-recording this. <3

  2. Jeffrey Loucks on November 18, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    My wife and I are done raising our children and are now proud grandparents. We both are very happy to see you working with the youngsters in so many videos. Thank you very much for taking time to record and teach. It is appreciated.

  3. Permaculture Homestead on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    holy wow this was great ! thanks so much for taking the time to do this !

  4. Helen Thorley on November 18, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    HaHa….and there was me blaming the internet connection here in Bermuda! Thank you for your efforts though I really do appreciate it <3

  5. Urban Sundvall on November 18, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Love it! Well presented Morag

  6. cprboyle on November 18, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Where is the village you spent time in, which you talk about with respect to #8? Thanks!

  7. metamud on November 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Is it my computer having replay issues, or is the sound all metallicy and wobbly for others too? Hard to understand various spoken parts all throughout; fortunately the CC helps understand the scrambled parts.
    Great resource, thanks Morag!

  8. Polly Oz on November 18, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    I can’t quite visualise what keyhole pathways are. I know what keyhole beds are, but not pathways. Hope you can clarify for me.

  9. josephseth11 on November 18, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Love your videos – thanks!

  10. Matt Ferguson on November 18, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Video starts at 5:45

  11. Yıldız Gözlemcisi on November 18, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Can you make a video where you talk about your composting toilet?

  12. Raven Black Feather on November 18, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Do you have any teachings on growing an indoor garden? Weather is getting chaotic and I feel 2018 is not going to be great for growth. I’m starting my growing inside.

  13. Louanna Rosset on November 18, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    This is amazing! This is filled with incredible knowledge, thank you so much .

  14. Repent & Believe on November 18, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    i dunno. permaculture always seems vague. no step by step like building a dresser

  15. dancingcedar on November 18, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    So happy to see this at last. Thank you for persevering despite technical dificulties.

  16. bitatk on November 18, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I love what you are doing

  17. Leighanna Marie on November 18, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I can’t wait to watch this video. I’m a new subscriber, my sister as well. Hello from "the other Melbourne" – in Florida, USA!

  18. Natasha S. on November 18, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Morag, listening to you teach is so soothing! I’ve really enjoyed this and your other presentations. The observation point, I think, is so key. This is my first year really gardening, and while it can be overwhelming, I threw a ton of things out there, in various methods (all no dig though!) to see what happened. I observed the weather, insects, creatures, and wild plants (so many are edible and medicinal!!). It was glorious! I learned so very much, that even though I had "failures", the knowledge that they evoked was just astounding! One of my biggest surprises, was a transplanted (it was direct sown close to another so it was moved) tomato I chose not to prune or to tie up, in partial shade, and impossible to check for hornworms so I didn’t. It has outperformed every other plant out of about 65. I certainly saved those seeds!

  19. Claire Anderson Graham on November 18, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Morag ~ Mahalo nui, thank you very much for this great description, as I am working on a 1/4-acre wildly windy, & cool –sometimes wet, sometimes very dry and hot hillside, and you are giving me so much clarity on how to go out and take each baby step, after months of observing, and a good beginning…Beautiful gift, you are and this is. Blessings from Maui, Claire (aka Claire Kellerman) 🙂

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