My son loves gardening as well and has been teaching me how to prepare my garden using the Permaculture method. (He actually had a small food forest he built up in a couple of years in his backyard while going to college).
So you ask, what is Permaculture? It originally was referred to as permanent agriculture or permanent culture and was developed in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren of Australia. It is a method of planting, using natural resources and plants that are native to your area, and growing a garden that works with nature rather then against it. See More from Organic Gardening.com
With so much controversy over GMO’s (Genetically Modified Foods), Pesticides and other forms of growing food these days, I want to grow my garden as healthy as possible, so I am going to take the journey this year with Permaculture.
Last spring, I planted a banana tree and also added sweet potatoes. This was fine, but I did not really understand companion planting and added kale and tomatoes. Kale and tomatoes do not like each other and the banana tree was not having it with the kale in the garden either. So success was just ok. I still have a Rosemary bush that did not care who was around and has done very well. I got a bunch of sweet potatoes, some orange peppers I planted, but the results could have been better. That is when I called my son and said teach me what you did for your food forest. I am not building a food forest, but still want the benefits of a great garden. See SmartGardener.com for what plants are best for your area.
Over the winter I have been getting my soil ready for planting, adding natural mulch, compost and will be planting seeds in the next couple of weeks. I will be planting to start with, sweet potatoes ( they regenerate on their own from the ones left in the ground) Peas, Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Rainbow Carrots. For herbs I will be planting Cilantro, Sage, Basil and Parsley. I also have flowers to aid in the process, Marigolds, Four O’Clocks and a Bee Rescue Wildflower Mix. My goal will be two gardens, a tropical guild and one for the carrots.
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I will be referencing different websites along the way with the first being DeepGreenPermaculture and of course get help and advice from my favorite source, my son.
See the next article – Preparing The Garden Bed
Happy Gardening :}