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  • Hello! Practical Plants has only just opened it's doors, so things are a bit quiet here. We hope to grow a small but passionate community of people interested in building the Practical Plants wiki with us. If you're interested in what we're doing here, say hello!

    I'm Andru, and I'm one of the creators of this site. I've previously started a small organic food co-operative in London ( but these days I'm living on a hillside in northern Spain creating a forest garden and homestead farm, and transitioning to a self-sufficient lifestyle. I'm a web developer when I'm not busy being a farmer - my one man web development company is I've been doing all the development on Practical Plants so far, so if something goes wrong, I'm the one to blame :)

  • Hello! I'm Paris.
    I'm the other of two initiators of this project. I'm building the same lovely farm in Galicia with Andru. In spare time I also write articles on the neo-rural life and on topics pertaining to eco-socialism. Our farm webpage is

  • Hello, I'm xisca and I love the project. I come from permies forum. I have my project also, somewhere in the canaries... So I hope to think not only about the peninsula weather!

    I have been one year on my project, and the house is not finished, and planting is on its way... It has been a lot of work to look for the right plant for the right place. Sorry fejoa mio, I will change your housing next winter, you really suffer too much there, sorry, I didn't know yet your personality...

    It is really difficult when you really want to match as much as possible the plants preferences and what you can offer.

    • Not only the plant must be suited to the place,
    • but then, where in the place is the best place?

    And I do not believe in instinct for this.... Well, except when instinct is a knowledge you forgot you had, or a talent for observing that you are not aware of! No magic, knwoledge. Then, of course plants can adapt, but I prefer to match them well and to kill as few as possible, especially regarding trees. I do not bother much for radish, the experiment does not last long! And then, further on, the variety! That is why I wait to plant olive trees... I have a great number of info in my computer, especially for what can suit a dry subtropical place with winter rain only. And I will have a lot of suggestions, as I thought for long about organizing my info. Hope we can do a good job! Xisca

  • Hello, I'm Steve. I live in the sierra nevada foothills, in california. I own 5.6 acres, in which I plan to eventually turn into a large food forest. I am interested in both edible and medicinal plants. I've lived on this property for about a year now. I am also working toward becoming a master gardener. Plants are a huge part of my life, I am constantly learning and progressing in my skills. I hope to be able to contribute to this website.

  • Hello people,gnasher here, retiring this year,after a lifetime working in heavy industry,I bought a barn and a 6 acre field in SW France a few years ago now I'm going to realise a dream I've had for over 30 years, due to my age I don't expect to see all my Food Forest come to fruition! but I'll give my grandkids a good headstart and thoroughly enjoy myself, doing it.

    "The greatest gift you can endow is free information", Good Luck!

  • Hi everyone, I'm Andy, and I've been trying to learn about Permaculture Design since I graduated from uni last year, having been studying Mechanical Engineering. I'm managing a small (<0.1acre) plot of land in northern Scotland for a friend who is usually too busy with a day-job, with a hope to turning a big patch of overgrown grass that it is part of into the beginning of a food-forest. I'm also trying to design systems towards the kind of aims that Open Source Ecology has, hoping that with those things together I can support other people in living more freely by sharing my surplus in seeds, cuttings, plants, renewable materials and open-source hardware.

    The way I currently see things, Permaculture is like a highly integrative type of Systems Engineering, spanning several sciences, in order to create large-order systems that combine living systems with structures in a beneficial way. Using such a design-science effectively involves being multi-disciplined rather than specialised, so I try to read widely in areas such as medicine, physics, psychology, etc., and I hope that by sharing our knowledge we can design up and build a real economy that takes care of this human family without wasting resources.

    I write about many of my projects, whether half-arsed or drawn-out, on my blog. I don't have a great number of resources at my disposal yet, but I hope to increase them by investing in a couple of the only things left worth investing in: life systems and knowledge!

  • Greetings from the Land of the Jolly Green Giant, here in Southern Minnesota. I'm just a fella interested in foraging plants collected for food and better health. Believe me, plants really thrive here with our thick black soil!

  • Hi everyone, I'm Amara. Came across through the Pemaculture Association's October e-bulletin. Awesomely beautiful Andru & Paris. So clearly set out & accessible. The dog's bollocks, as they say. Also love your webpage. Arse-licking aside, re. 'The Black March', it's so well written, it's up there with The Guardian!

    The Arbutus unedo photo' grabbed my attention straight away, then the Saltbush. I had to go & grab 'Breverton's Complete Herbal' (based on Culpeper's 'The English Physitian (sic)' & 'Compleat Herball (sic sic) of 1653'), as I wanted to start contributing there & then. Until I found out I couldn't figure out how to add my thruppence. Durrgh! Gnasher, I was born in '59, so I get where you're coming from, although I've yet to find my land. My ex thinks it would be a good idea to buy in the Limousin area, as proximity would make it easier for our son to visit. Financially & climatically I'm more drawn to Portugal or Spain; Cicadas, you know...

  • Oops. '2:34AM' should somehow read 'October 20'. Durrgh again.

  • Hello everyone,

    I stumbled across this site whilst researching permaculture with a view to someday having a spot of my own where I can be completely off grid and self sufficient. It will take some time but in the meantime I can satisfy myself with using the glorious amount of information on here to grow food in the garden in the city I am currently living in.

    I know absolutely nothing about plants yet. Here's to making mistakes and learning the fun way!!!

    Thank you for sharing the information.


  • Hello everyone,

    My name is Gabriela, I live in northern Spain as well (apparently very close to some other members! Cool :)). Me and some other friends are trying to run some projects regarding permaculture and peak oil awareness in our region. I am putting a lot of effort in studying forest gardening very carefully!

    I just found this site and I find it so awesome. I hope I can start collaborating soon (maybe translating to Spanish?)

    Congratulations on the site!!!

  • Hello my name is Ivan, live on the island of Puerto Rico ,municipality of Aguadilla, westcoast.Recently acquired a piece of land,planning to develope a perma project there.Im been aware of permaculture form long time, but I'm a complete greenhorn on it . Very motivated to learn from her a lot.


  • Hi. I am Frank Woolf, from London England but have lived in Hong Kong and the Philippines since 1972. I am now setting up a 6 acre (2.5 hectare) permaculture food forest and veggie farm in the southern Philippines. We have built our farmhouse although there is a lot of furniture I have yet to make and much work to do on the house yet. I have my first fish and shrimp raising pond ready for stocking and am beginning to grow a lot of veggies etc. The land is two thirds full of mature durian, coconut, rambutan, bananas, coffee etc and I am planting a few of every fruit tree I can get. I don't have a huge amount of experience so growing things in a tropical environment with all the tropical bugs, rains, heat etc is quite a challenge. I would especially love to hear from anyone using permaculture in the tropics.

  • I'm Andy. I'm a professional Permaculture Designer specialising in Food Forests. I live in New Zealand since February 2012. I made two Food Forest in Otago, South Island so far. A very large public community Food Forest ( ) and a private Food Forest scaled down to the minimum possible size of 400 m². I'm born and raised in Germany and made there also commercial Food Forests. The biggest challenge in NZ is the very limited availability of useful species and varieties. I'm playing with the thought of a permaculture database also since years, but had not enough time do this. I will contribute to this database with my data.

  • Hello from Nor Oxfordshire. That is in Middle England for those unfamiliar with our counties in England. I have only just discovered this side via the Permacuture Institute of Australia website so I am particularly keen to establish the way the site lists plants by country. I know we Brits have been rather reckless with our plant collecting over the centuries but that does not detract I feel from the need to ensure we don't forget the indigenous species for which each country is famous. After all they evolved where they are. It is not for us to manipulate them excessively as we can all to easily introduce a foreign species at soon gets out of control. Japanese knotweed anyone? Anyway I have a small garden by comparison to some on here. About 1/2 acre. So my ambition would be to buy some sizeable parcel of land to develop a forest garden on. In my dreams until I win e lottery. So in the meantime I am interested in developing a permaculture garden (already started last year with huglekulture ridges) and develop plants suitable to my particular location and climate. This site may well prove to be a blessing in disguise. I will be contributing plant species as I discover them but any suggestions from overseas subject to our importation and biosecurity will be taken on board.

  • PS An edit function for the comments would also be useful. Any chance? Predictive typing can be a pain. Especially when using an Android tablet. Doh! Note the typo's above. :-)

  • Welcome all! Great to read all your backgrounds and projects :)

    Kev: I don't have a tablet to test on, so I have no idea how this will work for you but on a computer you can hover over a comment to show a little gear icon in the top right - you can then click it to edit or delete a comment.

  • Hi all, like many here, I'm busy building a house and planting an acre in northern Arizona.

    I've been planning to add plants suitable for the high desert to our new gardening club website, but I'll just add plants here and then put a link to the article on our site. This wiki is so perfect!

    I hope many people will take the time to add plants as most plants currently in the wiki grow well in England, but not in the desert. It's taken me years to find a few nitrogen fixers that will thrive in our harsh climate.

    Andru, thanks for creating this site!


  • Blessings everyone, my name is Joseph and I am a permaculture designer who is so glad that this endevour exists. It is so needed. Especially people who are just starting out it is very useful to have this information available to learn from and participate with. Thank you so much. Peace Joseph

  • Hey,

    I'm Peter living in Brisbane, Australia.

    I'm only in an apartment but I'm a great fan of permaculture and gardening in general so I try to fill my balcony and house with as many plants as I can.

    Great site, great resource!


  • Hi, I am managing a permaculture project since last june, converting a 1 acre orchard to a forest garden, in Tunisia, a mediterranean semi-arid climate (our blog is

    I love this project, as I have been thinking many times, when browsing, why isn't it a collaborative wiki and why can't we make requests on their database. I hope that your search tool by plant property will be working soon, and that you will include functions in the properties.

    Also, as an ex-computer scientist, I started to make a program to extract the data from pages and other plants websites, and to assemble polyculture association appropriate for a specific spot based on companions, food web, layers, root depth and intermingling, etc, a task I was doing daily for the garden but that could be done much more efficiently by a computer. I could help you with this website, if you need to, maybe for integrating a similar polyculture assembly tool to your website and database, if you feel it worth it. - Sofyen

  • Hi all, thanks for setting up this site. I'm really excited by the project and looking forward to getting involved. My name is Dion and I am a forager and forest gardener living in the mountains of the Izu peninsula, Japan. My partner and I write about plants often on our blog (mostly wild edible and medicinal plants) and teach forest gardening, herbalism, deep ecology, permaculture etc. Our website is if you're curious.

  • Hey shikigami - great to have you here. I've just been skimming through your blog - great stuff! It'd be incredible to see even a tiny fraction of the knowledge on wild edibles and medicinals you're collecting in Japan entered here on Practical Plants :)

  • Howdy everyone, I'm Dominic from Seattle, Washington on the west coast of the USA. The Humblefactory is 1/4 acre near downtown Seattle, and I'm working to transform it into a productive forest, both for food and for raw materials -- I teach industrial design for a day job, and encourage students to explore new ways to make locally sourced products. I'm interested not only in food production, but also dye crops, small-scale agroforestry, and some weirder stuff like mycelium biocomposites (check out Ecovative's products).

  • Hi, i'm Nicolas from France. I'm a geek and a permaculturist, i have a project on 1,3 ha in SW of France and i like coding stuff related to permaculture. Hope to be useful here !

  • Hey all, I'm Michael from southeastern Wisconsin. I'm taking a permie course right now and will be transforming our 100-acre property into a restoration agriculture system. I'm excited to have come across this discussion board and database. I'm already blown away by all the uses for the trees on our property. Sounds like there are some creative minds at work here. Thanks for setting it up. If anyone is interested in opening up discussion about large scale operations and how to diversify income by means of permaculture, let me know. I'd love to engage and toss around ideas. My best, Michael

  • Hello Dominic, Nicolas and Michael - great to have you guys here :) If you have any questions just drop a note on the forum.

  • Hi, I'm Craig from Louisiana. I'm a long time broker of nursery plants in the southeastern United States. I am researching database design so I can make a database of all the nurseries and what they grow in Louisiana. I'm working in Microsoft Access 2013. The project sounds simple but isn't. Looking forward to see how you guys have your database fields and relations have been designed.

  • Hello, I'm Cynthia from upstate New York, US. I live on 15 acres of forest next to about 10K acres of protected land here in the Adirondack Park. All of the land around here, including my own, was farmed, badly, up to about 100 years ago, and it's still recovering. But we still have a lot of plant diversity which I'm eager to learn more about. I especially love to (carefully) collect wild edible plants as well as garden and do small permaculture projects. I make up medicinal and tasty teas for myself and for family and friends. Excited to see what will happen on this site and eager to help out, though I don't have a lot of free time to give. Will be looking through any guidelines on how to contribute.

  • Hello people out there!

    I am living near Antwerp city, in Flanders-belgium, Europe. About climate zone 8. Since about 10 years cultivating a kind of fruit jungle (rented strip of 2000 m2 railway land) and experimenting with all kinds of hardy fruit. Started to get seeds from Southern Africa and Australia, I found out that hardy trees means another thing here, than there. Last four years I specialised a bit in wild plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, almonds, cherries, and more stonefruit. This year for the first time fruit from Beach Plum, Dunbars' Plum, Hardy Almonds, Cornel cherries, red fleshed apples, medlars, blueberries, blackberries and very special: Prunus brigantina. (Briançon Plum). I am not doing any vegs. Flemish greetings,

  • Hello world, I'm Mike from North West England, on a permaculture journey for the last five years, making small steps one at a time to a more sustainable life. Involved in 3 forest gardens including my own small garden and a community one I jointly started with my partner Debbie.Looking forward to getting good information from all you like minded people.

  • Hello, I'm Mark from upstate New York, where I manage a vegetable farm for the Regional Food Food Bank of NENY. We grow about 15 acres of vegetables. Fascinating site.

  • Welcome, great to have you here! I'm Andru, the web developer here... if you have any questions don't hesitate to drop me a note :)

  • Hi, fellow practical plant enthusiast. Your work on this project is much appreciated.! This winter I am compiling a list of edible plants suited for the Wiregrass Area, a local term referring to the tri-state region of northwest FL, Southeast AL and southwest Georgia. Creating a record of what is already growing on Amargia Farm and the plants that should be added or, in a few cases, subtracted. That is how I discovered Wikipedia's Practical Plants project. I was struggling with a list of edibles that seem more suited for the arid southwest. Of the plants that would grow in this area, many were invasive. It was a frustrating process. Practical Plants will make it much easier.
    I will certainly add any gems of information I encounter during my research where needed. This is a wonderful project. Amargia is a group of individuals with varying physical challenges who are looking for ways to remain living in a rural setting. Pernmaculture seems the way to go. Thanks again. Melissa