Permaculture views all of your resources as a regenerative circle: time, energy, soil, water, animals, insects, and plants to work together creating a self-sustaining cycle or ecosystem. Pesticides are not encouraged or used in a permaculture garden. Water features such as small ponds help attract beneficial insects, frogs, birds, and other small creatures. Many of these will prey on pests in the permaculture garden. Companion plantings also help keep insect and other pest problems to a minimum to maintain its organic integrity.
To create a master permaculture plan, we create a phased-in implementation. One of the huge selling features for us as we approach our golden years.
“As the permaculture design matures, the abundance should increase and our time to maintain it should decrease.”
Different methods used in permaculture design:
Keyhole gardening– the beds in this garden are normally horseshoe or circular in shape and are sized so that it is easily accessible from all sides particularly for a BCS tiller. A small pond in close proximity lends itself to controlling insects and providing water for the perennials and herbs.
Raised beds & trellises– raised beds are great for controlling weeds and planting dwarf trees, berries, and herbs that work in harmony in a small well contained and easily maintained area. Beans and tomatoes are easily trellised to minimize space and allow other plantings beneath.
Edible gardening & companion planting– planting with the berms and swales to help maintain the moisture for trees, berries, flowers, etc. Use nature’s natural contours to carry rain water to your plantings and water catchment from drains and gutters to minimize irrigation. Flowers naturally attract butterflies and bees to cross pollinate your plantings and provide beautiful cuttings and arrangements.
To help prepare the soil:
- Composting all table scraps besides meat
- Worms to help control slugs
- Manure from chickens and horses that has seasoned 1st
- Fish emulsion from your pond
Some of the best methods to organically control weeds in your permaculture garden:
- Tree mulch from tree services and your local utility company
- Wet newspaper
- Free roam your chickens post-season
Permaculture simply refers to a garden that can essentially take care of itself after it matures. Each plant in a permaculture design should have a specific purpose in the overall ecosystem. Some plantings are only for food, some are planted to attract beneficial insects, while others are planted to deter pests (i.e. deer, rabbits, ground hogs). Then there are those that are strictly planted for improving the soil or boost the permaculture garden’s beauty and serenity.
If you “are what you eat,” then we want to know what we are consuming. The idea of “farm-to-table” living offers a chance to regain control of one aspect of our own healthy living. If you are considering the benefits of permaculture, drop by and see our gardens.