Added by on 2018-10-11

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote Today, drylands are inhabited by more than 2 billion people, which means that almost 40% of the world’s population is living in areas of high water stress and desertification is increasing worldwide. But with careful design, we can demonstrate permanent productivity and landscape rehabilitation. At the Greening the Desert project in the Dead Sea Valley of Jordan, 400-metres below sea level and one of the hottest / driest places on earth, we’re educating locals on permaculture principles and techniques so they can transform their landscapes, their homes into a productive and abundant oasis. So, let’s have a look at Abla’s little garden—one of our neighbors at the Greening The Desert Project, Jordan—and a former student of ours who took her Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course less than 12 months ago! If you’d like to follow my work please join me at “The Permaculture Circle” (TPC), a free and vibrant online community for anyone passionate about permaculture where I share many of my projects plus my curated collection of 100+ videos, animations, and PDFs: And, for those that feel inspired to donate to help this project you can do so, here: OR Video Rating: / 5


  • MsSixty? 2 years ago

    Love this, thank you!

  • Pacific Permaculture 2 years ago

    This is awesome ! ! !

  • stormy 2 years ago

    Helping people learn how to manage and protect their resources is critical. Changing environments should be done far more carefully. You fiddle with the web of life and ecosystems in one spot you have to know you are affecting that ecosystem elsewhere. Redirect the water and someone else loses water. I have a very tough time with the term PERMANENT productivity or permaculture. Oxymoron. Everything we humans touch and try to manipulate is ARTIFICIAL by definition. WE want to grow plants according to our specifications we humans had better learn about botany, soils, hydrology and certainly chemistry before we try to 'change' or make gardening better. Reinventing the wheel hoping for better results is indicative of insanity. Grins. Who the hell do we think we are that we can teach people how to make PERMANENT artificial gardens for food and fun? Who do we think we are to REHABILITATE the landscape? We humans are pushing the envelope of stupid and arrogant. I am an expert in this very huge field and I for one and tired of wannabees thinking they have a better way of growing food…in the face of milenia and far worse hurdles? Permaculture, UGH!, Food Forests, No Till, No Fertilizer, gag Hugelkulture? Insanity. Let us just dumb us peasants down further and make sure we won't be able to grow our own food! Sorry, been a long day. I should be out in my garden not trying to teach gardening basics or defending gardening basics! Making deserts into farm land….oh let's Terraform Mars! We humans most certainly will someday be able to perform these tasks. Successful gardening of any sort, growing plants of any sort takes knowledge and experience. These 'fads' are ridiculous. We KNOW how to grow plants, there is no more mystery and no room for making these trends, fads when people need to learn the basics. Before making changes to the basics that are known and work. Permanent culture. People, think about those two words. The IDEA is great but the label is completely wrong. No till? No Fertilizer…crap information. Become a Master Gardener, it is almost for free! Your closest University has a Cooperative Extension Service. Contact them. Sign up. THE best fastest way to learn the basics. They also have Master Preserver, Master Composter, Master Pruner…cheap cheap cheap.

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  • Karen Longmore 2 years ago

    I totally agree with all the good comments— maybe one day this sort of greening could occur in polluted urban desert areas too? Or maybe you already have some videos on this ( I’m really a ‘Newby“ to all this , despite being trained in horticulture and landscape design!)

  • florie Brown 2 years ago

    Wow Geoff you need a few more neighbours like Abla to cover a few acres and feed the neighbourhood, creating a local farmers market. Thanks for the video.

    I have discovered woodchip mulch and I also get hay that are not suitable for animal for mulch.

  • Duggy Dugg 2 years ago

    does she run a dehumidifier to capture water from the air ?

  • Duggy Dugg 2 years ago

    wish I had her ability

  • John Nelligan 2 years ago

    Fantastic !!! God is with You My Friend !

  • Guy Fawkes 2 years ago

    Add 4 foot thick of bark to your garden problems, wait 5 years and come back and see what happens.

  • martir arifi 2 years ago

    I think you should start this in Sinai peninsula since Egypt opened the canal the whole desert could be planted with paulownia trees instead of 12 billion square metres of water being wasted to the sea

  • Leslie Oscar 2 years ago

    God bless you Geoff

  • Josephine Dorion 2 years ago

    wow……..beautiful.  thanks.

  • senagain 2 years ago

    Truly must be a most fulfilling endeavor, Tagari!

  • AussiePharmer 2 years ago

    Hi Geoff, how is the local government responding to this greening of the area? And how can we help to encourage more neighbors to take this on? Those chooks look like Fayoumi chickens, very heat and disease resistant. Avgen recently managed to get their genetics into Australia for public sale. Thanks and keep those videos coming please!

  • BlueShaman'sFriend 2 years ago

    She got Herb's. Herb's what I say?

  • Zerrin Ekinci 2 years ago

    Greening the Desert updates always give me hope to work and achieve in other climates..

  • Liberty Garden 2 years ago

    It's beautiful.

  • Lore Brown 2 years ago

    Is gray water the only water being used? I'd like to try this in an arid part of Mexico.The Green and flowers looks so incredibly beautiful in contrast to the Stark desert. Great work all around!

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