Providing consultation, full garden designs, project management and implementation for individuals, family homesteads, community groups, schools, and retreat centers.
We specialise in ponds and wildlife but are also offering integrated animal systems, food forests, kitchen gardens, herb gardens, grey water systems, water retention landscapes education and training and more.
Permaculture gardens are a synergistic system that can provide food, water, timber, money, sequestration of carbon, pollution treatment, education, habitat for wildlife, beauty and enjoyment and much more. They differ to conventional gardens or agricultural systems in that initial investment of time, planning and labor is often greater but the yields increase exponentially over time, whilst this investment decreases as the system becomes self-sustaining. In a conventional agricultural system or garden, the initial investment is lower but the yields decrease over time, as the health of the system diminishes, and as a result the amount of investment needed increases.
Permaculture is a holistic practice which is most useful as a tool for regenerating degraded landscapes. Its success can be measured not only by an abundance of human natural resources but also biodiversity, that is heralded by the sound of bird song, the buzz of insects, or the sweet smell of the soil life, and the return of the wild beasts that were once displaced by human activity.
Symbiont gardens endeavours to create gardens that work with nature not against it, the house or dwelling places of humans transforms from a burden on the ecosystem to a key asset, by synergistically integrating it into the landscape starting with water. Waste water is recycled back into the garden and utilised and cleansed by plants and fungi before filtering down to the water table. The garden is also landscaped to harvest rainwater passively so that it can be stored in ponds, soil, plants and trees minimising the need for irrigation. Freshwater springs can even be created!
Like in nature permaculture gardens cycle their own nutrients through beneficial plant, fungi and animal relationships, domestic farm animals can also be woven into the system to support this process and receive mutual benefits.
The gardens also take care of their own pest control by providing habitat for pest predators or diversion strategies to send them away. Pollination is also taken care of by ensuring there is habitat and food for pollinators.
As a human being within the system, your job is actually to bring a little destruction now and again once the system is established. A widely recognised principle of conservation biology states: Intermittent disturbance increases diversity. So, you as a human can do what we do best naturally, agitate nature, disturb the system.Pruning and dropping foliage, this helps stimulate growth, make more light, promote higher yields and care for the soil health, helping to keep the balance.If there are animals, moving animals around the system so they can help with weeding, pruning, pooping, eating pests, building soil and tilling. And harvesting, which is big work and often underestimated, get ready for a yield!!
Permaculture gardens are not for you if you want to see tidy ordered edges, naked soil, neatly mowed lawns, no “weeds” no snakes, birds, lizards insects, and you don’t want to hunt for you food to a certain extent, and you do not see beauty in chaos.
Permaculture gardens are for you if you can accept humans are not the intelligence but part of an intelligence, if you want to form an intimate relationship with nature, if you’re willing to come into a place of service to nature, and are willing to recognize order in chaos by seeing the roles of the individual species within your garden. If you’re ready for the adventure of foraging for your food and want to learn how we are already in Eden. Then permaculture gardening is for you!
Symbiont gardens provides support internationally and has been operating mostly in Britain and Guatemala for the last eight years, currently we are operating in Portugal.