frog catching bug

Bungala Ridge Permaculture Gardens


dividing line

What's New?
Our Design
About Us
Year Planner

Pretty and Grandma the guinea pigs enjoy a lettuce lunch
Like us on

click here to visit Beverley's favourite homeschooling links
Link to this site



Permaculture Techniques - Sectors

By planning the site according to sector analysis the permaculture designer is able to manage and fully utilise any energy entering the site. This means controlling and directing energies to maximise yields, and requires careful observation of the energies before structures and terra forming are begun.

All of the "wild" energies (sun, water flow, fire, wind, rain) flow through the system, generated from outside. The direction these energies enter the site are called the sectors and can be positioned on a site map to show their intensity and compass direction. Many of the energies we will wish to "harvest", others will be needed to be deflected or excluded. We can place elements to serve these needs, for example a windbreak will deflect strong cold winds, or a pond can reflect light enabling greater yields through increased photosynthesis.

In designing permaculture systems each element is placed according to both zonal and sector considerations. The more functions an element has the more efficient the system becomes. The main factor in this process is careful consideration of the available energy on site.

See also:
Sector Analysis
Sector Map




photos of the ever changing view of the coast from our living room window
Our ever-changing view!
Moonset ~ Roll Cloud ~ Sunset

permaculture ethics
care for earth,
care for people,
return surplus,
reduce consumption

Recently Added Pages

Hot Links!

Bookworm is currently reading...

This site is sponsored by
Publishers of Australian
books on Home Education.


The Educating Parent
Beverley's other websites

animated smiling face
Thank you
for visiting!


Copyright © Beverley Paine 2002-14. Article from this website may be downloaded, reproduced, and distributed without permission as long as each copy includes this entire notice along with citation information (i.e., name of the periodical in which it originally appeared, date of publication, and author's name). Permission must be obtained from the author in order to reprint this article in a published work or to offer it for sale in any form. Please visit Bungala Ridge Permaculture Gardens for more original content by Beverley Paine.