permaculture gardening

permaculture gardening
How do I start a permaculture garden?

As far as the Permaculture connection, that just means something that is permanent and eco-freindly. That is it becomes part of the natural surroundings and is organic, not detrimental to the local enviornment. The Garden you start today can produce for generations.

First, choose a spot to put in your garden. Ideally it will be a place that gets sunlight the majority of the day. Full MORNING sun through noon to one is a must. Next, build a raised bed, made of wood, at least 12 inches above the ground. (You can also, like in the picture above, just plant your garden as part of your landscaping. Be Creative. It can be allot of fun and look great also.) Cover the ground inside the raised bed with grass clippings and/or organic compost of some kind. Build up about 6 inches if possible. Next use newspaper or cardboard to completely cover the ground inside the raised bed. This will decompose over time, but allow the compost to breakdown and be excellent nutrients for your garden. Now have a local distributor bring in a load of compost rich topsoil.  You can find these distributors in the phone book and/or local ads.

You will need to order 1 yard of soil for a 6′ X 8′ raised bed area. You want enough to build up 6 to 8 inches of topsoil. (1-Yard = (3x3x3) 27 cubic feet).  Fill the raised bed.  It is an option, but buying about 5 to 10 pounds of earthworms from your local area, releasing them throughout your garden area, will give you a BIG boost in growing a healthy, organic garden. They do wonders for breaking up organics in the soil and releasing all the things plants need to thrive. After this, cover your garden area with black plastic sheet for about 2 weeks. This will let your soil, with the earthworms sweeten the soil.

Now is the time to buy some vegetable plan starts  and plant your garden. You can also buy seeds. If you buy seeds, it is recommended that you start them in starter pots that you can get from local nursary’s or a place like Home Depot, K-Mart or Lowes. Follow the directions for planting your choice of vegetables.  Always use Organic Fertilizer if any for you gardes. Starting a Compost Area is highly recommended. You can find lots of information on Composting on the Internet or at your library.

What Vegetables you coose to plant is up to you. Some common and successful vegetables are: Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Butternut Squash, Zuccini, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Radishes, Carrots, Leaf Lettuce, Corn, Potatoes, and many more. There are 100’s of vegetable plants to choose from. Be sure and check your “Zone”, when choosing what variety of vegetable plants to use.

The Permaculture connection is using organic, local, renewable, resources to start and maintain your garden plot for generations. When you have extra, like Zuccini’s, which come on in abundance, be sure and share some with neighbors and/or people in need of food. And be sure and keep your plant/vegetable waste for feeding your Compost operation.

Steve C. ….. Future Hopping….

Permaculture Gardening – Pt1

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