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Friday, October 21, 2011

Permaculture Brings Successes in Organic Urban Garden

My early gardening attempts resulted in  many failures.

This spinach plant may seem ordinary to the viewer but to me it is a success as the soil in this part of my garden is now strong enough to grow healthy and strong plants.

Mulch layers including all my spare leaves have been mixed with dried, shredded cow manure to renew a soil that seemed incapable of growing sizable plants and finally success.

Lebanese Cress and Purslane are also starting to flourish in the same area of the garden.

The Purslane can be seen in the bottom left corner.

This insignificant looking plant is a small garden miracle with its high levels of alpha-linolenic acid an omega-3 essential fatty acid.

It has also been found to be a wonderful source of melatonin that can assist with cancer prevention.

One source I read suggested eating purslane in the afternoon could raise melatonin levels enough to help with the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

And here is my blueberry bush finally full of blueberries.

This is a plant I thought I had lost through planting in the wrong area.

Careful nurture in a pot in my nursery area has brought it back to fruitful life.

Almost too small to see are my first ever Maqui Berries. These small berries will turn black on ripening and have more than three times the benefits of the Acai berry and almost 6-8 times the properties of the other common berries.

This is another plant I thought I had lost this tree but it was moved its first position. Now it has found its place and is celebrating with its first berries.

The final moment of joy in my garden are my first pigeon peas. These were grown from seed and placed in further difficult soil.

The idea was to grow pigeon peas to add nitrogen to this soil but several of my small seedlings shriveled up and died although watered regularly.

This soil is tough. Some however survived and as they grow I know the soil is getting stronger as well as having some tasty peas for dinner and in time enough dried peas for a good batch of dahl.