Survey      My aim in doing this design This is one of my original “Big 4” designs which I have been working on at least since 2017. Forest Garden was also one of the 3 themes that I had in mind when we started at Iso-orvokkiniitty in 2014 (the others being Mushroom cultivation and Honeybees). I have already worked on the design extensively and the version on 24.12.2023 had 12000 words […]

I first published this article on 10.2.2022 but as usual it was not final. I had written the Vision, Needs and Observations of the current situation, evaluated how it works and possibilities to tweak. I came back to the design in September 2023. Now I decided I need to narrow down the scope from “Buildings and Energy systems” to “Energy at Iso-orvokkiniitty”. Possible spin-offs (i.e. other designs) are “Water and […]

Forest Garden with focus on PA-8 UNDER HEAVY CONSTRUCTION (2023-11-05) I started this design on 11.7.2021. The main reason was that some decisions about maintaining and developing our forest garden needed to be made. The general ideas of agroforestry, forest garden and experimenting with different fruit and nut trees was an important part of our thinking from the very beginning. We planted trees already the first summer we were here […]

My path to the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design (DPA) Content Background The Design Framework Vision My Permaculture Design Matrix Yeomans’ Keyline Scale of Permanence Planetary Boundaries Permaculture Ethics Permaculture Design Principles The way forward: the sub-designs The Permaculture Pathway Background I have done my PDC course in France at Le Ferme du Bec Hellouine in August and September 2014. I have reported about the course in Finnish in our blog […]

Prelude This article will be a little different because I think I need to tell what I planned to do and started doing but didn’t finalise. Maybe this chapter is not really a part of the design but it is a part of my design path. Anyway I am publishing it now on 5.5.2021 but I am pretty sure I will come back to it for editing. In the previous […]

If you have read through the previous 3 articles about the site (see above) and 60 DEGREES NORTH, 23 EAST you should have a pretty good picture of where we are and what has happened so far (until January 2021). In this article I will analyse the site from one more perspective: what are the different planning areas we should look at either as a part of the master design […]

In most cases you will see that zones come before sectors in permaculture design. I felt more comfortable doing it the other way round as sectors are purely observations and zones already include an element of design and they relate directly to what we are doing in our site rather than what natural forces are at play. Still describing zones in a site is in the first stage about observation […]

In my first PD article I described our natural geographic situation so it would be easier for the reader to understand where we are, from a natural, geographic and climatic point of view. In the second article I tried to describe ”where we came from” i.e. the historical background of the place and region. In this third article I am still in observation mode with sectors and after that will follow zones. […]

Karjalohja Karjalohja, where Iso-orvokkiniitty is located, is situated in the western Uusimaa region 85 km west of Helsinki, south of the main E18 motorway between Helsinki and Turku. From Iso-orvokkiniitty it is 70 minutes drive to Helsinki. The closest town and the municipality to which Karjalohja belongs is Lohja to the east which has a population of 47000. The former Karjalohja municipality  (merged to Lohja  in 2013) has roughly 1500 inhabitants […]

Our coordinates at Iso-orvokkiniitty in Karjalohja are lat 60° 13.985′  lon 23° 41.966’. So we are in South-West Finland 85 km west from Helsinki. 60° North is pretty north if you look at the world map. Apart from Helsinki and southern Finland, other places that are roughly at 60° North are Stockholm (59°), Oslo (59°), St Petersburg (60°) and Anchorage (61°). However if you would travel around the world on the 60° latitude […]