Permaculture Principle #7 – Design from Patterns to Details
Designing from patterns to details means taking a broad general idea and working out the details unique to your situation. A perfect example is a herb spiral. The herb spiral is a general idea or a pattern. The materials the spiral is built out of, the materials and composition of the sheet mulching, and the plants planted in the spiral are all details. The general idea of a herb spiral stays pretty much the same while the details will change depending on what materials are at hand and what will grow in a given climate. I plan to write specific posts about herb spirals and sheet mulching so keep an eye out for those soon.