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Looking at Permaculture Practices in Yogyakarta

July 2019, by Petrus.

Travel notes on Yogyakarta, June 16-18, 2019 with Paula and Ian Paananen. On June 17, 2019, saw the practice of permaculture in a guesthouse located in Yogyakarta. They set the guesthouse with the principles of permaculture.

Some of the things we learned are:
  1. The use of ground well water by filtering the results of which can be directly consumed. Screening of fish pond water filtered with algae plants, several types of vegetables and other vines. Water flows and rotates so that helps around the guesthouse to be cool.
  2. The ventilation of the guesthouse is in the middle position in the form of a triangle with both sides open and supported by the arrangement of the ceiling with the composition of clay tile, battens, plastic UV, aluminum double foil, woven bamboo and rugs was saw from below. Through the arrangement of the ventilation the temperature is cooler and the platform looks cleaner.
  3. Arrangement of the bed attached to the walls of rooms made of wood and immediately installed mosquito net which is neater and comfortable arranged from mosquitoes.
  4. The bathroom is partly open and the roof is attached to the bedroom separated by a wooden wall divider. The outer wall is made of curved walls so it does not easily crack when an earthquake occurs. Use hot water from solar panels. Shampoo and soap are made from organic ingredients. Waste from bathroom water enters in the channel that surrounds the building of the house which is installed with a water pump so that it always rotates is used to keep fish. This water circulation supports cold temperatures around the room.
  5. Using LED lights with electricity from the sun. In the room there is a place of dirty clothes made of bamboo.
  6.  As in the permaculture land arrangement, the yard near the restaurant is planted with vegetables and at the same time made its own hatchery. They use compost from leaves around the yard, kitchen waste and chicken manure that they maintain. Vegetables grown are chili, mustard greens, tomatoes, water spinach, lettuce, eggplants and several other types of vegetables that I did not know before. And also planted some fruit plants such as lime, water guava, jackfruit, coconut and strawberry. Vegetables are used to support the needs of the kitchen for guests and managers of the guesthouse.
  7. The parking lot and the guesthouse entrance are fitted with hollow paving blocks and in the middle are planted with grass. In the yard there are some large protective plants such as Jackfruit, Coconut, Melinjo and several other types of plants. The location of the guesthouse is partly adjacent to the cemetery and on a 40 cm high wall. The upper part is made of bamboo fence which is arranged tightly as high as about 2 meters so that the grave is not visible.
  8. There are two parking lots with bamboo designs. One parking lot for employees and guests is made of bamboo split. Gutter is also made of split bamboo.
    9. In the corner of the yard is located far from the kitchen, there is a chicken coop and next to the other is used to make compost.

From the visit, I learned about permaculture practices around the guesthouse related to land settings, water use including the placement of water tanks, water utilization to make it cooler around the house, building ventilation, house ceiling arrangement, land use to meet the needs of vegetables, making parking lots and roads, composting and raw materials, nurseries, making bamboo fences and bamboo doors.