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Curved Lines Produce More

Why does a tree not produce a leaf that's square?

It's to maximize the edge. You will get more production out a curved line than a straight line.

Permaculture is fascinating in that it teaches us to look at nature's non- linear systems, and understand the basic underlying patterns of natural phenomena.

In the example of an oak leaf we find a pattern that allows for maximum accessibility and minimum amount of path. Maximum edge means maximum use of pattern.

Planting in circles instead of rows is a practical use of this concept.

--Bibi Farber