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Paul sits down with Dez Choi and Jen Richardson and talk about their viewing of the first “DVD” of the four “DVD” set Permaculture Skills by Ben Falk.  The group had high expectations, and they were exceeded.  Disclaimer: Paul backed the Kickstarter 4 years ago.

They feel that the parts where Falk was speaking weren’t worth writing down, but instead getting a transcript due to the sheer information density.  The guest speakers were a more mixed bag, but overall seemed to be aiming at a different audience than Paul.  This seems to be a recurring issue with him – a lot of people seem to greatly appreciate things he doesn’t.  They note that the videography looks very good, but the film has problems with audio normalization (there’s some places where the volume in one shot/scene is quite different from the next).

Paul is bothered by the phrase “common sense” – if it was common, not only would it not be a phrase, but if permaculture is common sense, it would be done everywhere and permaculture wouldn’t be a phrase either.  Jen points out that that using the phrase indicates that the speaker believes themselves to be right, but can’t articulate how they’re right, so they hide under “common sense” as if it were a Jedi mind trick.  

Paul remembers visiting a place that was worked on by some apparent permaculturists that abandoned the place for some reason as an example of two things.  First: the reason why you should avoid living on friends/family property as relationships often go south and end up with you leaving all your work behind before it bears fruit.  Second: that even if you don’t call what you’re doing permaculture, it may well be close enough that when left alone it will become self-sustaining with a rich harvest.

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WRT tilling in wood chips to deter grass, I haven't seen the video so I don't exactly understand the context, but in an effort to increase the fungi in my soil near my fruit trees, I spread lots of twigettes (I break all my less than 2" diameter branches down into 2 to 4" segments or wood chips, amounting to perhaps 1/2 " thickness) ON the ground all around my fruit trees and that is the best grass in my entire yard.  Also, where I spread wood chips in thicker layers to deter any growth, grass grows into these areas spontaneously but it does not root deeply and is usually easily removed by hand.
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