Tuesday, June 2, 2015

When Life Gives You Scrubland, Plant an Amazing Permaculture Garden! (Pt. II)

(For part one, click here.)

That's what a permaculture garden should look like.

Of course, I say that as somebody with terminally rectangular beds in my backyard...

Do as I say, not as I do. Heh.

Beans are growing along the trellises Sam built in his permaculture garden, both traditional pole beans:

And velvet beans:

Another thing you'll see in this garden is the use of plant "guilds;" for example, here's a classic apple/comfrey guild:

In the mix as well is some thriving yarrow. Tucked in nearby are a few healthy summer squash vines:

And a psychopathic gnome:

Also nearby are some arrowroot plants, just emerging from their winter slumber:

If you don't have arrowroot, come see me at the 326 Community Market; or, if you're further away, you can pick some up online in the winter from Grower Jim.

Look, anyone can grow a garden. When you prep the soil properly and apply water regularly, plants will grow. It may take a while to figure out what is going to thrive, so do like Sam did: plant a bunch of different things and tweak as you go. This garden is just a testing ground for him before he opens up some larger acreage for a food forest.

His permaculture testing ground looks a lot better than most people's regular gardens.

And, of course, if you're interested in diving into permaculture gardening in Florida, pick up a copy of my book Create Your Own Florida Food Forest on Amazon for $2.99 or buy the paperback at Lulu.com for just $4.99.

And if your soil is bad and you need to kickstart it without killing yourself or going broke, pick up a copy of Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Composting.

Whatever you do, don't give up... even if you're in the scrub. Sam's garden proves the power of permaculture!

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At June 2, 2015 at 8:14 AM , Anonymous Andi | GreenBasket said...

That's awesome! I have done the same mixing of mulches in my forest garden to delineate pathway from planted bed- thick straw in the beds and chipped trees or stolen leaves for the pathways.

At June 2, 2015 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Where's part one? The link isn't working.

At June 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Two posts down. Thanks for the heads up - I fixed the link.

At June 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

"stolen leaves"

I prefer the term "liberated."


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