This episode of University of the Earth is a permaculture fuelled exploration into the beauty of the botanical. Full of interesting facts and featuring the wonderful John Turner we get some very interesting insights into how to grow plants optimally and the requirements of doing so.


Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture was developed and coined by David Holmgren, then a graduate student, and his professor, Bill Mollison, in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to “permanent agriculture”,[1][2] but was expanded to stand also for “permanent culture”, as it was understood that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.


The wonderful Mr John Turner has years and years of permaculture experience and has a real knowledge and know how on how to build self-sustainable agricultural ecosystems. Mr Turner initially examines the roots of a potted plant with the student’s and looks at different types of worm paste. Mr Turner shows the students the best way to plant flowers and how to organise the compost around the plants. If you want to learn about transplanting then this episode is for you.


What better way to study the microbial life of plants and soil than the wonderful Monkey valley resort that’s situated in the blissful Noordhoek Mountains with a view of the beach.

It is essential that the South African people learn how to plant their own vegetables and plants so this episode from the University of the Earth series is a brilliant step forward for that.




By Alex Mitchison


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