Permaculture is that art of the possible
With the understanding of permaculture principles and the way nature works, we can now safely say what can we expect from a healthy permaculture process. It is more than clear to you that permaculture can make us resilient and it can help our community. One of the most common permaculture basics is the very beneficial and mutual interaction between us, plants, animals, and insects. When a scenario is set, we just need to let nature do its thing. There is an old saying that nature does everything by itself and that is completely true. By practicing the principles of permaculture, you will learn that you can completely rely on natural processes, once you set a self maintaining permacultural system. These systems have only one goal, to create a self sustaining and abundant natural habitat that is right next to a healthy and natural ecosystem.
Expect the following benefits from a healthy permacultural system:
Pest Balance – You will be able to control everything that is going on in a maintained environment
Soil Fertility Improvement – Without using the harmful chemicals, the soil will restore its natural fertility which will result in richer yields
Weeds Cotrol – Carefully designed plant groupings will not allow any weeds to grow
Beneficial Insects – Insects are very important to the overall health of one polyculture and they are mostly known for their pollination abilities
Moisture Retainment – When plants are dispersed in a guild formation, they will retain moisture and share the fluids on natural basis
Ecosystem health improvement – When everything that you grow is living in a natural equilibrium with its natural habitat and there are no external constraints, the overall health of an entire ecosystem will improve
All of these are the benefits of a healthy and thriving self maintaining permacultural ecosystem. When the scenario is set like this, you can only expect the best results and, since the sustainability is one of the main principles of permaculture, you can safely rest assured that the process will repeat itself. This is what permaculture is based upon. The human factor should only be allowed to gain control over the environment and protect it against the natural disasters if it is possible but, everything else is just the way nature works. It is quite possible to develop polycultures as well. Polycultures are self organizing and dynamic communities of plants that are composed of mixed plant species in order to better each other. These enhanced plants are bearing more yields that on a single basis thus the crops grow larger.
There is no easy answer to this question. Permaculture can not be the ultimate solution to our polluted rivers, seas, oceans, lakes, soil and air but, it can raise awareness while it is still not too late. If we start taking care of our future now, a better tomorrow will be knocking on our door. Permaculture may not be a solution but, it is a step closer to finding it.