We should learn something from every life experience, ensuring us new instruments to face the most diverses situations with more skills. During the months we spent at home experiencing an atypical reality, we understood the difficulties behind a life without social relationships. But not only: we understood how many interdependences the currently lifestyle originate, because of the significant specialization in the different employment sectors. We got used to address to third parties even for little repairs or fixings In short, it’s generally hard that people develop propensity to “do it yourself”.

It has often been said, during the period when every sort of activity was suspended, that we should have surely learn an important lesson:learning to slow down. . To slow down means to take the time to to take care of ourselves, something that can be done in many ways. One of those is certainly widening our skills in order to have to resort less and less tho someone else’s. Urban nutritional self-sufficiency Let’s understand what it is and how could it help us.

Permaculture, what it is

Urban nutritional self-sufficiency is identified with permaculture. There are two definitions of permaculture:

  1. An evolving integrated system of animal and vegetable species unite to Man.
  2. The project of landscapes that imitate patterns and relationships naturally occurring, that provide food to meet the local needs.

The word permaculture uses on purpose the word “culture” and not “cultivation””, to underline the global importance of a different thought that includes everything that deals with life and doesn’t narrow it down to agriculture.

The term was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid-Seventies. The aim of permaculture is to build a sustainable future, rediscovering and developing ideas and diversity. All this to be able to turn world citizens from dependent to responsible and productive consumers. Permaculture is a way of thinking that starts from the individual, from the local, and then to expand and involve every community.

Permaculture as an individual action

What can each of us do to develop our proper skills towards the creation of a sustainable future?

It is possible to realize an individual permaculture project in many ways. One of those, accessible to practically everyone, is the design of a vegetable garden on the balcony, the so called “edible balcony”. First of all, it is necessary to regulate according to the structure possibilities to hold or not the weight of pots and various containers. After that you will proceed to organize the space throughout the choice of plants suitable for the balcony type (some cultivations, such as salad, for example prefer shaded areas). Otherwise you might think to use also the height of the wall, seeding plants that need to grow upwards, like tomatoes and green beans. You will have to implement mats and nets, even building them with DIY, for example with bamboo canes, visually beautiful and elegants.

Here’s how :


At this link you’ll find other solutions for little permaculture projects (IT):


Once gathered the fruits of your work, you will be able to carry on with little DIY experiments, learning how to ferment vegetables while having fun: