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See all books authored by Sepp Holzer, including Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening, and Desert. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture. “A fascinating book written by a man who has devoted a lifetime to working with nature and creating extraordinarily diverse polycul. Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1, meters above sea level. In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime.
Raised beds, shelters, fencing, mulch, etc. Before designing your property ask some questions: What is your goal What do you expect from your land Do you want to live off of it for income, or just provide some food for yourself What interests you the most, growing plants, agroforestry, or animals Will the land be open to the public What is more important to you to make you happy What will encourage you to grow and learn Now some follow up questions: Soil conditions — best is a crumbly soil like worm castings.
Look for indicator plants to give you data Elevation Exposure Climate — This can be changed in some areas using microclimates a small area created to correct conditions for a plant like a dug out area with water and stones added and older varieties of plants may work in climates they are not rated for.
Always try it for yourself. Never stop experimenting. Drainage History These are all needed pieces of data. Trick — Keep protect newly plants you can lay an entire thorn bush over it to keep animals from eating it. While providing nutrients as it rots.
Sepp Hulzer Hugelkulture — Raised Beds Before building see what direction the wind usually comes from by tying a piece of material to a tree or pole. Beds should be placed against the wind..
Save the humus layer. Place shrubs and trees into ditch and cover loosely with soil. Then top with humus layer To promote oxygen in the beds you want the sides to be steep.
Keep note of what is used in the bed. As a mulch like material will provide the first year crops with large amount of nutrients and then drop off. Beds with large materials will release nutrients more slowly. Match this to what you are planting Mulching and pulling weeds out with roots exposed will keep unwanted plants in check Beds can last up to 10 years.
They will flatten over time. Which is a signal that they need rebuilding A well designed raised bed system that create paths with some attractions can make for a great pick-your-own system as people are looking to harvest their own food that they can see and feel is organically grown.
Beds should be steep and tall enough not to climb over, and allow people of different heights to access. Single file is best.
Unusual varieties are typically best sellers You can also compost between raised beds. Make two steep beds that you can just walk through. Around degree angles. Throw organic waste in the middle of the beds each day. Then cover with earth, straw or leaves.
Alternative Agriculture Sepp rants a bit about modern agriculture here. He does give some good advice on becoming a contrary farmer. There is already an abundance of it. Use your intuition to find a niche in the market. With a goal of using old time farming methods based on natural cycles that allow you to live in harmony and peace with nature.
Your focus in farming should be to create a healthy fertile soil. Legumes peas, beans, clover, lupins make the best green manure crop. They fix nitrogen by the use of bacteria released into the soil. You can also plant wildflowers, ancient grains, clover, grasses, steep slopes are good picks for lupin and sweet clover due to their strong tap roots. You can plant them, and then let nature do the work.
The first heavy snow will start the decomposition process. Some plants will go to seed and sow themselves. After years the soil will start to build back up and Sepp is able to grow demanding fruit trees.
Which is how he created lush orchards on his farm. Fruit trees not only provide food, but Cherry trees can provide high quality timber and root art. Similar to mainstream permaculture, he makes no use of chemical fertiliser or pesticides, at all.
Due to this and the fact that he produces heirloom fruit varieties, and not regular varieties , he is often able to get a better price for it. In some cases, customers like distilleries are even willing to pick the fruit themselves, eliminating the labour expense for him.
He grows many old cereals on his farm, such as einkorn, emmer, black emmer, spelt, fichtelgebirgshafer, wild rye, black oats, naked oats, barley, Siberian grain secale cereale, russian cultivar , tauernroggen, He leaves them standing in autumn, rather than digging them in. He instead relies on natural decay of the plants.
He often relies on the natural spreading of the seeds of the crops for their re-sowing. Another aspect is the abandonment of other horticultural principles such as intercropping plants with very high and very low pH requirements for example, Rhododendron with roses.
Instead, Holzer mixes thirty or more different types of seeds in a bucket and tosses the mix richly onto a larger area.
The Krameterhof[ edit ] Situated in Ramingstein on the slopes of Mount Schwarzenberg his farm Krameterhof lies at varying elevations ranging from to metres above sea level. The exceptionally harsh climatic conditions in the area are generally considered inappropriate for farming. Nevertheless, he has managed to cultivate a variety of crops and even exotic plants like Kiwis and Sweet Chestnut.
The Krameterhof is less an operational enterprise, in terms of crop-yield although it does provide numerous sorts of produce for the community , and more a fully functional showcase or research station for permaculture. Endangered livestock species and rare alpine- and cultural plant species are integrated into the farm. His expanded farm - the Krameterhof - now spans over 45 hectares of forest gardens, including 70 ponds, and is said to be the most consistent example of permaculture worldwide.
He is currently conducting permaculture "Holzer Permaculture" seminars both at his Holzerhof farm and worldwide. He is author of several books, works nationally as permaculture-activist in the established agricultural industry, and works internationally as adviser for ecological agriculture. Sepp Holzer is not able to read e-mails in english language. Therefore translate your e-mail to german language, please. This basic principle characterizes the seminars of Sepp Holzer, the coryphaeus of permaculture from Austria.
It is about sustainable methods of gardening and landscaping that align with the given local conditions. The garden was re-shaped with hugel hill shaped beds cultures, terracing and a water retention area a swimming pond without a liner.
This element of Holzer's Permaculture provides ideal conditions for a variety of plants to grow in a tight room: Through the designing of different levels of elevation different habitats result for a multitude of animals and plants.