A permaculture site is divided into zones. Understanding the five zones allows for a design that considers the most effective placement of components and how they relate to each other. Each zone has a different requirement for maintenance and function. Zones 1 and 2, or areas needing the most attention, are placed closer to the home and heavy traffic areas while zones 3, 4, and 5 radiate out from heavy traffic areas as upkeep needs become less intensive.
Javan Bernakevitch, from British Columbia Permaculture, helps to wrap up Oregon State University’s free Permaculture course (http://open.oregonstate.edu/courses/p…) and he provides some direction about how to take this information and do something useful with it.
Design for water is the bones of any Permaculture system and often times the way the layout works with water determines the basic shape of things. The Permaculture principles, which tell us to Observe and Interact and Design from Patterns to Details, need to be followed and developed in order for us to design for water on our sites. Termperate, Tropical, and Dryland climates each pose unique opportunities while designing for water.