Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ecosystem in a Bathtub

A productive and balanced ecosystem in a low to zero maintenance bathtub pond can play a key role in a Permaculture environment. The video stresses the importance of having many water bodies in a forest farm, which invite a further diverse range of creatures. This little waterbody is a centre of activity: a frog habitat and a thriving community of dragon flies, welcome predators of insects like moths and mosquitoes. Snakes, ants, all types of insects come to drink the water, increasing biodiversity. The short-tail guppies are part of the system to assist in mosquito larvae population reduction. The flowers of this waterlily (Nymphaea) is an important herb of ayurveda - a profitable crop.

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