I believe that the permaculture design makes best use of the space you have and the available raw materials. Here in the tropics we have different raw materials to use, and a lot of it can come from coconut trees. I was fascinated to see this video on the Care2 website.
The video was recorded at the Lung Mee Permaculture Garden in the Surat Thani province in Southern Thailand.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/coconut-garden-permaculture-in-action.html#ixzz1QhZdPEoJ
It is totally amazing what they have done with beach sand and the available raw materials. I am going to see if I can incorporate some of these ideas into my garden. The other day I was collecting coconut husks and used them around the ground orchids to support them. I see that idea is here in the video.
Before the wet season I think I am going to create a swale as there is an area that continuously holds water at the corner of the house. I have been building up the grassy area so that it slopes down away from the house, and now just need to lead the water into an area where I think I will move the cannas as they love wet feet. Has anyone else created a swale? As I understand it you use an area where water naturally collects and then provide a way for it to stay in that area and slowly seep into the surrounding area instead of running off. Soon the wet season will start and I need to have it in place by then.