Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Permaculture Home Garden Thrives in Heat
It was exciting to return from a Christmas break to find my permaculture home garden had thrived in the heat.
Last year I enjoyed learning about permaculture but it is really special now to see its concepts beginning to bear `fruit' in my own garden.
Permaculture concepts include working with rather than against nature, of looking at natural systems in their entirety, and of allowing these systems to demonstrate their own evolutions rather than taking just one yield.
In my own garden this has meant looking at my food plants differently and also using many new food plants.
The sweet potato seen spreading across my garden for example not only provides delicious potatoes but its runners provide a ground cover that both shades and enriches the soil.
The pigeon peas growing along the fence line are also a many faceted plant.
It was suggested I plant them here as the soil was poor and they enrich soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen.
I am growing to love them because of their green peas which are like fresh peas.
I have also made a delicious dahl from the dried peas. A tasty recipe for all and a good protein source for vegans.
When I started out gardening I imagined neat rows of vegetables but learning to garden the permaculture way is proving a much stronger alternative with a great variety of nutritious foods available in even the most difficult of seasons.