Friday, December 27, 2013

Starting Anew

Howdy, I have been away for a while, Permaculture fans. It's actually been several years since I've written here, but it is nice to know that folks have used the information found herein (over 30k hits in the last 2 years) - hopefully to implement the concepts in their own gardens!

Sleeping Winter Garden

To all you gardeners who are feeling blue because nothing is growing, I have some good news! Good gardens come from good planning and now is the time to start planning.
  1. Use the following link to determine your Agricultural Zone.
  2. Decide how big you want your garden to be, here are some guidelines: 100sqft/person for light yield all season, 300sqft/person medium yield, 1000sqft/family-of-four for steady medium yield with careful planning and vertical elements. 
  3. Choose your veggies and their companions! Here is a handy table for companions: Click Here
  4. Plan for vertical elements! Want to grow snap peas? beans? cucumbers? Grow them up! See my previous blog post on vertical elements
  5. Plan for succession - make a schedule! Dig out your dusty Google Calendar and write it all down - the more time you put into your scheduling now, the better your yield will be, I guarantee it! 
    1. Succession planting is the idea that you plant rows of seeds 2 weeks apart, adding to your garden slowly. Continuous Planting = Continuous Yield (keep this in mind!). 
  6. Begin nurturing your gardens as soon as the frost breaks - good organic matter, compost & mycorrhizae are really important! My advice is to build a worm bin - the castings of worms are the best and least expensive way to create top-quality soil and bring beneficial worms to your garden. Check out this video where I talk about a worm-bin that I built with a small apartment community in Portland, OR:
  7. Plan for some flowers! Flowers are known to attract bees and bees will pollinate your garden!

Enjoy the creativity! Feel free to post your photos and comments below.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! The fact that you means someone is reading and liking it! Congrats!That’s great advice.

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