That all sounds like common sense actually, O’BREDIM is a method of planning ahead and making changes that will integrate well. Lets explore further with:
Zones. In permaculture zones classify three dimensional areas according to the amount of human attention needed to maintain the sustainable function of each zone.
Zone 0 – The house, or home centre. Here permaculture principles would be applied in terms of aiming to reduce energy and water needs, harness natural resources such as sunlight, and generally creating a harmonious, sustainable environment in which to live, work and relax in.
Zone 1 – Is the zone nearest to the house, the location for those elements in the system that require frequent attention, or that need to be visited often.
Zone 2 – The vegetable and herb garden, larger scale composting and maybe bee hives.
Zone 3 – Is the area where crops are grown, both for domestic and trading purposes. Would include orchards. After establishment, care and maintenance requirements are fairly minimal providing mulches, etc. are used. Watering and weed control is once a week or so.
Zone 4 – Is semi-wild. Used for timber production from coppice managed woodland and for the placement of aquaculture ponds should they be desired.
Zone 5 – The wilderness. There is no human intervention here apart from the observation of natural eco-systems and cycles. Here is where we learn the most important lessons of the first permaculture principle of working with nature, not against it. As shown, with forethought in the design of the area being worked on, zone 5 can be brought near to zone 0 or any selection of zones.