The garden is a good place to start doing permaculture. But Bill Mollison would be shaking his head in dismay if it stopped there, behind a little fence: ‘Poor bastards’, he’d be saying.
From the beginning, permaculture has been something to apply to every area of life: architecture, economics and community building. So why are permaculture books almost entirely about land use? Give Bill a break; he’s been roughing it on the road, too busy spreading his message to get good at the nesting side of things. He gave us a blueprint, a set of design principles that work, no matter where you use them; now he’s waiting for us to write the next generation of permaculture books. Like everyone else, most of your joys and sorrows come from your home life and relationships. Home: that’s the place for your best permaculture.