{Giveaway} Permaculture Playing Cards

Periodically there are advantages to being a blogger.

I fell in love with these stunning Permaculture Playing Cards and was about to buy myself a pack on Amazon when I remembered that I knew the guy who made them.

Permaculture Playing Cards

So I emailed Paul Wheaton, the founder of Permies.com, and said, “Hey, before I buy these gorgeous Permaculture Cards, you wouldn’t have an extra deck kicking around you’d wanna send me as a review copy? Wouldja, wouldja?”

I hear back from him: “Twelve decks will be to you on Tuesday.” (Paul is like seven feet tall and sometimes I think that makes him want to go bigger with everything he does.)

“What the hell, Paul? I mean, a huge thank you, but I don’t really need a dozen decks of cards!”

“So give some away if you want.”

And so here we are. I’m keeping two decks for myself, which leaves ten decks of Permaculture Playing Cards to give away, courtesy of Permies.com.


You’ve heard of Permaculture, surely. This work-with-nature, systems-design-approach to growing (and, according to some practitioners, life), is working its way towards mainstream.

Thanks to books like Gaia’s Garden and The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture and the popularly of practical, accessible techniques like hugelkultur and keyhole gardens, more and more gardeners are incorporating aspects of permaculture in their garden.

I, myself, am Perma-curious. My garden is not designed top-to-bottom according to permaculture principles but as I find out how effective the practical techniques are, I move in that direction.

And that’s where these Permaculture Playing Cards come in. The deck of cards is a whimsical way to make “bite-sized” bits of permaculture accessible to people who aren’t quite ready to commit to, say, the 500+ pages of intense study required by Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual.

Permaculture Playing Cards

The cards are stunningly beautiful. I know I keep harping on that, but for real – the artwork and design is simply inspired. The cardstock is thick and will wear well and the size is nice for holding.

Each card has something notably important to Permaculture on it: key people, techniques, plants, animal husbandry techniques and more. Surrounding the image on each card are little facts about that Permaculture concept. It’s just enough to suck you in and make you want to read your deck of cards and go on and learn more, but not so much that the cards become unusable as actual playing cards.

Permaculture Playing Cards

Oh yeah – did I mention you can actually play poker with ‘em? Cool.

I think these things are great on multiple levels – as art, as education, as subtle propaganda for a better world. Highly recommended as a gift for your favorite Perma-curious or Perma-fanatic people.


Enter To Win A Deck of Permaculture Playing Cards

To enter to win one deck of Permaculture Playing Cards leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you like most about Permaculture, or (if the whole concept is a bit new to you) what about Permaculture you are most interested in learning.

Ten winners will be selected at random. Contest closes this Saturday, December 14th, at 6 pm PST so that I can mail the cards out to the winners next Monday. If you are a winner you will be notified be email. You have 24 hours to claim your prize. Sorry to be so strict but we are on a holiday timeframe here. Contest open to addresses in the United States only due to shipping. Sorry international readers.

Good luck!

Related Permaculture Stuff…

(The Amazon.com links are affiliate links. Purchases made through affiliate links cost you nothing extra but allow me to spend more time pondering how to actually make carbon sequestration in the garden interesting. Full financial disclosure here. Thanks for your support, guys.)

Permies.com – Huge resource for Permaculture enthusiasts. The forums are extensive, helpful and well-moderated so they stay that way. For more info on the Permaculture Playing Cards, check out this thread on Permies.

Half-Assed Hugelkultur – my post on attempting this funny-sounding Permaculture garden-bed-building technique. Foot-for-foot my hugels typically out-produce my traditional beds with watering four-six times a summer.

Permaculture Playing Cards on Amazon.com – Check out reviews, see what other people have to say.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem, by Christopher Shein – A fairly recent release focusing on Permaculture basics and how to apply the Permaculture concepts to a more traditional garden. I particularly recommend this book to beginning urban Permaculturists. It has great design and a modern layout.

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, by Toby Hemenway – a slightly more technical, but still very accessible look at Permaculture at the gardener’s scale.

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, by Bill Mollison – for the hard core student of Permaculture. This is considered the classic text of Permaculture, but I wouldn’t personally recommend it as your first text on the subject unless you are pretty NerdCore about gardening.

All images in this post courtesy Paul Wheaton / Permies.com.

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  1. Just found your website today. Permaculture , a never ending project on our acreage. Those cards are beautiful and thank you for sharing.

  2. O'Bryan Worley says:

    Those are perhaps the most beautiful cards I have ever seen and I have some Shakespeare cards floating around – also more informative than my tropical drink cards. We are perma-curious so the cards would come in quite handy!

  3. Cher Kilgore says:

    I’m still in the curious stage..The whole economic system working together instead of against it.. and re teaching myself..after years of learning the old ways..I grew up and still live in a farming community..so I find this really interesting. .The changes we have been making have been working!

  4. I took my PDC this past year, I can’t wait for spring to really start implementing the principals.

  5. We let go of the rope a year ago and have devoted our lives to setting up a small scale farm utilizing permaculture practices. What I love most about permaculture is the community associated with the design theory. Every time I spend time with permies, I feel so enriched, learn something new, and most likely get my hands covered with soil. So blessed to be a part of this community.

  6. i’m a newbie to permaculture but what a fun way it would be to learn about it with the playing cards!

  7. I just love the idea of working with the rhythms of nature in a garden. I can see how these practices could definitely change how you live your life in general.

  8. I don’t know much about Permaculture but the cards are awesome! I’ll be learning from the cards. =)

  9. Pat Bourret says:

    I have been gardening my whole life and started organic gardening several years ago. Once I learned about organic gardening, I was amazed at how much I was destroying. With the Permaculture concept, I am very eager to learn all about it and incorporate the aspects. I am so excited about learning this new adventure. With the playing cards, this will get the attention of other people and you never know, they just might jump on board. What a fantastic idea!!!

  10. I am fascinated by the idea that many people are returning to the practices of the past — both because they work and because they are kinder to our planet. These cards are positively gorgeous, and I would love to have them. I know I would learn a great deal (and they might help my poker game as well…)

  11. Oh wow those cards are gorgeous! Pick me!
    I love compost and microbes and the way animals (from bugs to yardbirds and more) fit into permaculture. Great give away! Thanks to you and Paul Wheaton both!

  12. I helped my wife build hugel beds in our backyard and they produced a stunning amount of tomatoes and kale this year. I was skeptical of all the logs at first, but I think they proved themselves.

  13. I’ve been eyeing these cards myself since I first saw them on permies. I would love a deck! I am probably perma-curious like you. My vegetable garden is 500 sqft of hugel beds and I built smaller HK beds to plant my fruit trees against. I covered my beds in nitrogen fixing cover crops and have attempted to create a more self-sustaining garden environment that won’t require much weeding, irrigation, or fertilizing over the years. But, I didn’t go all Sepp and throw a mixture of edibles everywhere such that I had to forage in my own garden to find anything. And I opted for wood chip mulch to keep things neat and tidy a la Back to Eden. At any rate, I saw the bounty that some permaculture techniques can create and I’m hooked for sure. I’d love to learn more!

  14. I’m a complete noob to all of this even though I spent many of my younger years being obsessed with growing herbs. I’ve longed to have a beautiful yard aligned with nature. That’s one of the things I love about living up in the NW – it seems to be more mainstream up here than other parts of the country. I think if I could learn more about permaculture, it would help me convince my husband that it’s worth putting effort into our yard because once it’s established, it’ll be less work than a yard that is out of alignment with what should be here. Maybe these cards would be a fun way to teach both of us. My soul longs for a vegetable garden, too, but I’d settle for any kind of planned yard that works with nature.

  15. Monica Cromwell says:

    I am new to everything and trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can about homesteading, chickens, gardening, real whole foods so Permaculture sounds right up my alley. Thank you!

  16. I’m fascinated by the way that permaculture works to create self-maintaining systems.

  17. Gorgeous design! I was sold as soon as I saw the honey bee card. We are getting bees in our suburban backyard next spring and have been building up the soil in several areas of the yard for more garden space dedicated to providing for the bees (and in turn, us!).

  18. Tina Street says:

    I want to know more! I am gardening “in extremis” on a rocky mountain at 9000 feet, and would be thrilled to find techniques for success with even the simplest garden.

  19. I’ve only dipped my toe in, but it seems like permaculture demands a lot less ripping and tearing of earth and a lot more paying attention to the plants, trees, bees and other fauna that are naturally suited to thrive in a given place. It’s clear ripping and tearing and wrenching nature to fit our plans can’t last forever. Permaculture ideas are certainly worth trying.

  20. Nikki Spardy says:

    I love these cards! and would be an intro to permaculture!

  21. Ouida Lampert says:

    Permaculture = crunchy gardening (I know that it is much more, but that is what it means TO ME).

    I live in an apartment now, but have been researching what to do when I actually have dirt to dig in again.

  22. New to the whole concept, but I’d say the thing I want to learn most about is pests and pest control.

  23. Wow, you’re going to have a lot of reading to do! I like this ‘new’ method of gardening because it has a lot of methods that everyone used to do in the old days.

  24. I like learning about nature and how to fit seamlessly into it so this Permaculture idea seems a great thing to find out about.

  25. I like that it works with nature, not against it.

  26. I joined a permaculture meetup group about two years ago. Although I also consider myself perma-curious, I have met SO many wonderful people with whom I share many interests and values. I don’t feel quite so out of the main stream with these folks. :-)

    I had been following your blog before I found the group and only later learned that much of what I loved about this blog was also part of the permaculture philosophy.

    Both this blog and my permaculture group have so enriched my life!

  27. Beautiful cards – a chance to learn something new – what’s not to love!

  28. Shannon Thomsen says:

    My real life introduction to permaculture (as opposed to just reading about it) was when our Community Garden program built several Hugelkultur beds in a new garden site. It was really interesting to see, and to see how the beds thrived. I’d love to have these cards. Not only are they beautiful, they’re also full of interesting information! Not sure I’ll be using them for poker though.

  29. I’d love a set! I saw Paul put these up on Kickstarter and should’ve thrown in a few bucks then, but other things came up. :(

    I’ve been consuming as much Permaculture/Sustainable info as possible over the last three years. I’ve done quite a bit to the 5 acres we just moved to, but have a long way to go. I’m finished a full design soon – swales into ponds, food forest, chicken tractors, maybe a couple hogs in the woods………. so much cool!

  30. Permaculture is everything!! Its a way rhat energy, nature and us can work together not against eachother. Growing is a natural process, with allthe “extra” stuff we do in commercial growing of veg or meat the energy is wasted. Permies cooperate with the changing world and help it when needed.

  31. Mostly a dabbler and reader right now, but the cards look beautiful

  32. Samantha Ryan says:

    I have this day dream of starting a homestead that both terrifies and grips me with excitement. I love the idea of taking knowledge, techniques, and planning and trying to come up with a symphony of restorative life while being challenged by the unpredictability of nature.

  33. Debbie Farnam says:

    I have recently moved to a new area where I don’t know a soul and have decided to take on the master gardener program here. Not only will I be learning a lot but I will be making friends and doing something for the community. My end goal is to finally grow vegetables – I have always been a “city” gardener and had a terrific perennial garden. Permaculture sounds like a great topic to fit into my desire to grow vegetables. BTW, I love this site!!

  34. I am starting to learn about permaculture and I think the overarching premise is that you must design systems to work together. I do find that some concepts are a bit overly complicated when really it is mostly based on commonsense.

  35. I am new but very fascinated with permaculture as I want the land to work for me while I am working with the land :)

  36. Josh chance says:

    I’m learning to farm and I am pursuing the experience to create a farm that embodies permaculture principles like restoration agriculture. There are so many ideas and strategies, that it makes my brain hurt sometimes. Good reminders are always appreciated.

    By the way, thank you for everything you do.

  37. Twyla Marti says:

    As a master gardener here in Phoenix, permaculture plays large in many discussions, lectures and projects. I am passionate about promoting the family garden in inner city locations! Love Love Love these cards! Love your blog too! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  38. I just sold my city house with the big double lot where I built & planted my first hugelkultur beds, blueberry bushes & cherry trees. Looking forward to moving back home to the country, where I can put these principles to work again, deeper and better.

  39. I have been reading about permaculture for months now and trying to figure out how to make it work in northern mn. As a concept, it makes SO much sense. But these cards are just lovely – what a way to spread the word :)

  40. COVETING! If I don’t win, I will strongly encourage my husband to order these.
    I got my first taste of permaculture when a college professor gave us a slideshow review of his year-long permie adventure studying method all over the globe. The pictures of Samoa…I want to go to there!

  41. this is the first time i have ever heard of permaculture. but since i am “soil” challenged, i am so interested to learn! i love coming to “school” and learning in your classroom/blog. i so appreciate you. these cards are beautiful and i am excited to have the chance at winning some!
    best of the holidays to you and your family!!!

  42. Denise Babineau says:

    I think these cards are beautiful! While my husband is good at poker, I need a little help. We both like to garden and these would surely fun to read and learn . Grand idea.

  43. I was just viewing these lovely cards myself on Amazon the other night! I am fascinated with Permaculture. The word is somewhat new to me, but the concept is something I am finding I already do here and there and am pressing towards learning more about it so I can do it on purpose. ;) We have just moved to the country to live a more sustainable lifestyle so I am interested in nearly all the various categories, but if I had to pick one I would say Chickens since we just got 5 hens and a rooster and are planning on getting 50 more in the spring. I want their help rehabilitating our pastures and need to “get it” over the winter.

  44. What a lovely deck! I’ve been practicing permaculture (informally–I don’t have a PDC or anything) on our farm for the past few years, especially in regard to herbs. I’ve been trying to grow all of our perennial herbs (and some of the annual ones) in no-till beds for about three years now and I LOVE how new herbs start to grow in these untilled areas without me having to plant them, and how many of the annuals will reseed themselves year to year, also resulting in me not having to plant them again. I even had a single solitary Queen of the Meadow (Eupatorium perfoliatum) volunteer in the garden this year what with all the rain we got, which was thrilling. And I haven’t had to plant any lemon bergamot (Monarda citriodora), a vigorous self-seeder, for several years. Perhaps best of all, maintaining the no-till beds for all the perennials is slowly breaking me of my perfectionistic “everything must be in straight lines and in its own place” tendencies.

    • Oops, I mistyped–Queen of the Meadow ought to be Eupatorium purpureum…Eupatorium perfoliatum is boneset, which also volunteered this year, just not in the garden.

  45. My favorite thing about permaculture is you’re allowing nature to do the work for you.

  46. Permaculture gives me a framework on how to improve my .75 acre property. Especially important are the ‘zones’. That and Korean Natural Farming are my two big studies right now. Last year was Nutrient Dense gardening.

    Paul has permies.com site and I recommend getting on his dailyish emails. He just got a 200 acre property and is welcoming volunteers and even paid positions. I also recommend his podcasts – I’m currently listing to the podcasts on Sepp Holzer’s book. Great for the commute to work!

  47. I really enjoyed creating a Hugelkultur out of some tree branches when we were chopping down a tree. Two years of stuff growing in that bed without any amending of soil was great, and the plants stayed producing longer due to the warmer soil (decomposition is an amazing thing).

  48. It has been an education just reading all the comments – I began a hugelkultur bed last fall, and intend to plant it this spring. Can’t wait – but these cards would help to pass the time till spring comes to Nova Scotia!

  49. My wife and I play canasta two or three times a week. Its really addicting… as is learning more about permaculture along with other aspects of urban homesteading, organic gardening, DIY, sustainability simple living, etc. I think playing with these cards would be inspiring and help remind us to continually work towards our goals. Some day I would really love to have bees and chickens in addition to our little veggie beds and condo composting operation. You need two matching decks of cards to play canasta so if you send me one i’ll likely buy another to support our habit. Thanks for the inspiring Blog!

  50. I’m saving for a home and can’t wait to start some permaculture plotting! For now though, I’m just enjoying permaculture research.

  51. So you have me perma-curious. I am guessing that I have been headed in this direction for awhile and already implementing some of these ideas. My family would LOVE these. The boys in the family are information hogs and the girls are artists so this fits us perfectly. I hope we win!

  52. Jill and Bill went up the hill to plant a sustainable garden
    Jill came to harm and broke her arm and Bill has no idea how to farm
    Or how to blog either, really. More like show and tell. Been on Permies since spring (such as it was this year), linked to hugelculture and never tumbled your thread! Situation immediately rectified. Sitting here in -12°, Jill is quite envious of those in more temperate climates not confined to quarters till April, and urgently forwarded me your link.
    This year we added a few hugels around the perimeter of our raised bed enclosure, and can certainly benefit from wider experience, so you now have two new subscribers in the wilds of Northern Wisconsin.

  53. Barbara Davidge says:

    I am a perma-newbie but these cards will help me learn. I have had an organic garden and am beyond amazed at how i just keep learning more tips techniques and so on. It is amazing. Thanks for the contest and introducing me to a new topic I can dig in to:)

  54. I am also permacurious, I have started incorporating bits, like my personal half-assed hugelkulture beds – I have them in my front yard which is next to a busy road, and I’m concerned about eating anything I grow there so it’s ALL FLOWERS, ALL THE TIME. Insane production, and a sunflower that was over 15 feet tall.

  55. I am permacurious as well. A woman I work with swears by it, but her explanation left me overwhelmed. I want to start small and slowly incorporate the techniques into my gardening. These cards look beautiful and even if I don’t win a deck, I may just go out and buy myself a Christmas present!

  56. I have been attempting to live an eco friendly and sustainable life for a while. I guess I share the same philosophy, but have not heard it referred to as “permaculture.” I think these cards are beautiful as well as informative. My interest is piqued and I would like to learn more. Thank you for sharing this!

  57. I think I love permaculture most for it’s ease of maintenance (when it’s done right). It’s so much more like a natural system that doesn’t need all the fuss of a manicured lawn. I have a friend with the most beautifully permacultured yard. She has a pond (which used to be a swimming pool) filled with fish. The water feeds the plants (everything in her yard is edible), there are zones and layers and a beehive. It is perfect. When I mentioned to her what a beautiful example of permaculture it was, she looked at me and said, ‘Permacuture? I don’t know what that is….’

  58. I’m familiar but completely overwhelmed by permaculture. These cards look like a good solid intro!

  59. Permaculture is an ecosystem in harmony. The trees have an energy that flows into the earth through the soil and through their drip radius. That energy spreads to organisms around and underneath the tree. I love the concept of designing a garden that flows with the natural energy of an ecosystem. Those cards are beautiful.

  60. This is a new concept to me, but I’d like to learn more.

  61. I’m learning more about permaculture, especially in terms of water usage. We have a not so slight drought problem in my area!

  62. I’m most interested in Forest Gardens, (I like trees and I love fruit, win-win!) and how food can be grown in different levels. For example, chickens under fruit trees. I’m hoping that when we start looking at houses this spring I can find one with enough room for at least three or four fruit trees.

  63. oooooh, what a cool idea!

    I am an urban-homesteader-permie-wannabe, working hard to achieve my goal. I’m on my way to replace almost 1/4 acre of lawn with a food forest. I still have a long way to go, though. I’ll take all the help and information I can get!

  64. Kathryn Stevens says:

    These cards look amazing! My husband and I are just starting out with all of “this,” but over and over again, we are drawn to what I am coming to find out is permaculture. We love looking for ways to work with the natural systems of the plants, soil, and animals- rather than against them. This spring, we’ll be getting chickens, and getting bees is in our 5-year plan. Our backyard is quickly being overtaken with raised garden beds, berry patches, and an orchard, and it couldn’t make me happier!

  65. Permaculture is a wonderful, creative, beneficial way to nurture the soil and care for the land while feeding ourselves. It also allows for us to grow old on a plot we have designed and planted, allowing for perennial crops that needs less care to take over and still continue to produce for us while some of the l focus, labor and daily duties relating to annuals fade away.

  66. Permaculture is a Big Picture idea. My chickens are fans of it, too. :)

  67. I, also, am fairly new to learning about permaculture, but love that it is the best “treatment” for the soil and all the good bugs, nematodes, worms that live in it. There is so much to learn about raising healthier food and living on a healthy planet.

  68. From what I gather about permaculture, its very much what I’ve done most of my gardening life (a long time… :): sustainability, composting, valuing every part of nature, making every effort to understand how one thing effects another (lets just say I very quickly gave up “chemical warfare” decades ago after attending a presentation by Ortho), how rotating and diversity are critical. I could go on!
    Gorgeous cards. Gives me gift-giving ideas!
    Love your blog!

  69. I discovered the joy of hugelkultur this past spring and I’m dying to take the next steps. I’d love to share these playing cards with my grand daughter! Thanks!

  70. Kristin Jones says:

    I love the way permaculture reminds us all things work together for the common good. I worked with the forrest service in wild life owl studies some years ago. I learned so much about how to forrest rejuvenates and the eco system holds everything in balance. Every living thing relies on each other to do their job – permaculture mirrors mother nature in this way beautifully, and, I would LOVE to have those frickin cool cards!!!

  71. These are beautiful! I’d like to give them to my husband – we are new to gardening and are interested in insects, especially bees.

  72. I’ve been trying to implement some permaculture ideals around my boyfriend’s yard (since I still live in a flat and don’t HAVE a yard). Next year: Hugelkultur!!!!

  73. Mary Ann Baclawski says:

    I know very little about permaculture, but I keep trying new techniques to make my garden more productive. I’d love a pack of these cards.

  74. We bought our first home 2 years ago, and I’ve been reading up on permaculture since then, trying to decide how to incorporate the concepts into our home and garden. Moving slowly, but I like how permies don’t insist everything be 100% off the bat. This summer, we built berms like hugelkultures into the back veggie garden. I’d love these cards to give to my friend who inspired my gardening.

  75. Janet Clark says:

    Learning about permaculture extends my understanding which started with staring into tide pools as a child. In those long afternoons I sensed the interconnections that build the life of those tidal pools. I am just beginning to learn about permaculture but the same principles hold. The web of life that must be maintained for large and small to flourish. I love that.

  76. Dani in WA says:

    Over the years I’m slowly trying to get used to the concept that I can sometimes put a seedling in the ground and not have it keel over in dread.

    That said, I have a friend who is hard-core into permaculture and I love reading her posts; hoping that I can aspire to this. It’s fascinating.

  77. Oh wow! I actually found your blog through searching for hugelkultur. I am taking the permaculture class being taught by Toby (Gaia’s garden) right now in Seattle. And I am going to be doing a presentation on permaculture to my daughter’s class in January. These would be amazing for that. I have been looking for something I could bring that could make the presentation more interactive and this would definitely be it! And afterward I could leave them with the class so they could read and play with them.

  78. What gorgeous cards! I love that they foster learning interesting bits of information in bite-sized digestible pieces. I know about permaculture and I’ve studied a fair amount of the principles but the practical nature of actually incorporating these ideas into the system I’ve got naturally occurring in my yard escape me. I’d love to absorb doable techniques in a way that doesn’t totally overwhelm me and is fun to boot, and I think Paul and his team have created an excellent tool to do exactly that.

    Thank you for producing this post. As always, you do a truly fabulous job of sharing information in the most glorious way. There are tons of emails awaiting me in my in-box each morning and it never fails that the ones I seek to luxuriously indulge in over my morning coffee time are yours. :) Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  79. Nicole Perry says:

    Permaculture: a fascinating culture to learn from, all aspects. I, too, am perm-curious.

  80. I have been “sucked in” by permaculture for the last year or so and I can’t get enough! I currently live on a suburban lot which I practice a lot of techniques, but what I am really excited about is the 5 acres that I will soon be moving to after my husband and I are finished building the house on it. I’ve got SO MANY great ideas from permaculture that I CAN’T WAIT to implement on my raw land! Also, being the manager of a nursery, I get to introduce permaculture to a lot of people who have never heard of it before.

  81. Your posts on Hugelkultur were some of the first things that got me hooked on your blog. I love the idea. I also loved your “half-assed” version. I have a strange little urban yard that I am itching to do something with this spring. Hugelkultur keeps calling me to try it.

  82. Jami Severstad says:

    I have been gardening for thirteen years now, and I find that I have been transforming my practices more in the past four to five years than in all the years prior. It started with lasagna gardening, which is what convinced me, through its abundance and logic, that working with nature was going to get us (nature and I) further than me following conventional practices alone. Each year I get more ambitious with my beds and projects. This past summer I put in my first two hugelkultur beds. One isn’t finished, but the other already showed me its promise. We also kept a few chickens that my son’s kindergarten hatched in the spring, and they are now integrated into our garden/compost/yard systems. We think we’ve gained so much with “progress” and technology, but I believe more and more that we are shooting ourselves in the foot, as well as making all of this much harder than it needs to be. I’m so grateful for websites such as yours that introduce me to so many new ideas and techniques to transform our thinking and gardening.

  83. My favorite thing about permaculture is the idea of creating an edible landscape with both annual and perennial plants.

  84. I’ve gardened over 50 years, sort of remembering how my parents did it and following what I read in Organic Gardening years ago, I know little about permaculture but am interested in learning.

  85. The cards are exquisite and I love permaculture because it uses a “whole systems” approach. A couple of additions to your resources list are Dave Jacke’s book – Edible Forest Gardens, and works by Eric Toensmeyer and Ben Falk.

  86. Babette Vroman says:

    The term Permaculture is brand new to me! I am intrigued! I am, however, just becoming very interested in the idea of sustainable living. I have 4 raised garden beds all done organically of course. I’m working on a chicken coop for my back yard. I’ve also joined the non-GMO movement and have committed to working on various boards at my local food co-op. I would love an easy introduction to permaculture, meaning I want free cards!! Thanks for considering my plea:)

  87. anne warjone bridgeland says:

    Anything which makes gardening more efficient!
    Truly beautiful deck. Precious.
    Happy season of (no)light.
    Happy planning.
    By the way did you see these gadgets, made in USA? Maybe more perks of being a blogger?
    Check these out!

  88. These cards are awesome! I’ll be buying a deck for myself, but would love to win one to give away,
    We live on 20 acres and are trying to restructure everything in a permaculture fashion, using the books by Sepp Holzer and the Resiliant Homestead book by Ben Falk, which is maybe the best book I have read on systems (Whew, that was quite the run-on sentence!). I also read several blogs, (including this one!) that give me some companionship on the journey. Thanks!

  89. I love your blog. Even though I think I have a “black thumb”, I always pick up new tips that hopefully will do my garden good.
    The cards are stunning by themselves, but with all the information on them, they transform themselves into a veritable treasure trove.

  90. As with many things gardening, permaculture’s 12 design principles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture) are widely applicable to life in general. Of these tenets, my favorite is #8 – Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other. I have been experimenting with companion planting, and while it borders on the mythological at times, it’s true that relationships between different plants or even types of plants (edibles, herbs, ornamentals, etc.) do form and affect each other. Neat! Will be looking into permaculture more in the future. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  91. Lucy Soldati says:

    Permaculture is new to me but I’m excited about working with nature in gardening-I try to keep as natural as possible and look forward to more guidance.

  92. First off, thank you for introducing me to the Permaculture concepts in a recent post. I was intrigued and started researching the Author and Sites that you highlighted. It was an Ah Haaa moment. For years my husband and I have traveled while we worked, always with an eye for where we want to buy land to start a small homestead. Finding the right place has been identified, but the next phase was to have a master plan before touching the land which we which to approach as a blank canvas. This new exposure to Permaculture appears to be the tool that we’ve been yearning for. We would love to have the set of playing cards as a perfect teaching tool at this perfect time. Regardless though, please know you have enlighten our awareness in a critical area and we are grateful. Your website is a wonderful breath of fresh air in my inbox.

  93. I love permaculture, the whole concept of it, wish i could get the community i live in in on it! thats my next mission, but first i’m starting my own permaculture garden to the new property we bought. I want lots of edible bushes and trees and a garden thats nice to the eye as well as to our health! I do think that permaculture is better for the environment and that it’s a better way for a long-term relationship with nature that we’re so much dependent on. I like the big scale thinking and that a whole community (and in the end the entire world) would live like this, seen many examples from around the world on how much it can do for people and communities to be self-sufficient and thats just great!! TY for a great blog! the deck of cards would be the best christmas gift!

  94. I am very intrigued by the Permaculture concept as endorsed by Paul Wheaton of permies.com and Jack Spirko of the Survival Podcast. I am currently studying all the material I can get my hands on, and these playing cards sound like a great idea.

  95. Permaculture – it’s got a nice ring to it. It sounds, well, permanent – which is a great counter-quality in a society that has been rampantly disposable, unstable and insanely unsustainable.

  96. I have been experimenting with permaculture at my place… I love hugelkulture and food forests! I still have a long way to go when it comes to setting up our place, but anything that provides me a way to get more out of our garden with LESS work… I am all for it.

  97. Those cards are awesome!!

    My family had bees when I was little and I have so many great memories of them. What incredible creatures. Finally I have a homestead of my own (as of a month ago!) and starting some hives is one of my Spring priorities!

  98. Linda Crane says:

    Great way to get kids gardening, start with a night under the stars in the future garden, sleeping in a cardboard box fort that then gets added to the garden and becomes part of the transformation.

  99. New to permaculture and have most everything to learn, but keep hearing more about it as I have been working with a group going to Haiti in January. On this trip, their major task is to learn about sustainable agriculture by preparing beds and planting, so they will be getting hands-on experience. This is something I want to learn more about as I have a large lot and am interested in growing my own berries and citrus which are suited for my area as well as herbs, flowers and vegetables.

  100. I took a series of glasses on sustainable gardening and permaculture was a focus. It blew my mind! I have started to apply these techniques to my garden – if we can start to move in this direction we can begin to heal this planet.