Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Changing to a Permaculture Garden

My garden is changing.

Once it was about growing organic food but now I try to apply permaculture concepts.

My food forest area is part of this change.

Many of the plants in this part of the garden are ones I have learned about through permaculture workshops.

Drumstick trees, cassava and cocoyams are all new foods to me and now feature in this area.

The leaves framing this photo are those of the drumstick tree.

Another exciting new plant is the pigeon pea, and am also growing some of these. They have been slow to take over Winter but one is seen at the left with some self sown tomatoes in the background.

Learning to renew soil is an important aspect of permaculture.

Feel somewhat of a slow learner on all of this but gradually my soil is being enriched with chop and drop mulch, compost, rock minerals and plenty of dried cow manure.

Building good soil is ongoing and gradually am coming to understand the role of carbon and nitrogen in making plants grow more efficiently.

Not always successes but always a joy to see plants responding to effort like the mulberry tree now with buds and this rather copious tomato that has emerged at the bottom of the garden.


The Sage Butterfly said...

I have often wanted to move in the permaculture direction. It seems to be a more natural and sustainable method of farming, gardening. It is a pleasure to watch you transition your garden...I just may pick up a few pointers.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Building good soil is the most important part of any garden, whether it's producing food or flowers. This last year we've finally managed not to purchase any fertilizer, not even 'organic' fertilizer. Between cover crops, composted poultry and horse manure from the local stable, and using on-site mulches, like you we're also trying to build the soil, rather than simply feed it. I wish more gardeners appreciated the value of enriching the soil from within. For us it's as much about economics, as our desire to garden sustainably, fertilizers are expensive! Your plants look wonderful for it, and I'm going to have to investigate that pigeon pea!

Rambling Woods said...

Learning new things..permaculture was not something I had heard of..interesting...also the pigeon pea

Tootsie said...

I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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cherry said...

Wish I had those beautiful green tomatoes to fry up for supper..
Happy September & hugs
from Savannah, Cherry