Geoff Lawton and the Permaculture Research Institute just released this complimentary dvd tour footage of the Zaytuna Farm. Ten years of revolutionary design. Enjoy.
- rough plans for the front garden. i decided on six zones (not the permaculture ones) based on various guilds.
- helpful wife and less-helpful dog
- cabin-fever aubergines are going out a bit early, but i think they look strong enough. and it’s been 18c/64f this week, so maybe they won’t die…
- diy cloches for cucumbers and green beans
- optimistic early-season beets
- the back garden is pretty active as well
A productive mess.
Our present garden during the building stage, spring 2010.
The Permaculture Research Institute began a project in 2008 to train locals to use compost, efficient shading from the sun, and ground cover that traps moisture in order to begin rebuilding an agricultural way of life in their impoverished village. So far, it’s working.
Video from AlJazeera …
Cool “community garden” I saw in NE Portland.
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All living things have an intrinsic worth. Geoff Lawton lays it down.
One week of hugel bed growth.
I got excited when I found out the property behind ours actually has brown soil (we have the lightest grey soil you could imagine, it’s useless), so I planted some beans on their side of the fence line. I’m sneaky.
It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort.
our two south-facing windows.
- there are the two avocado seeds i started a while ago (one is doing much better than the other, but i haven’t written the little one off yet).
- there’s the strange two-headed leek that started sprouting in the compost. i’m still not sure it’ll amount to anything edible, but i’m giving it a chance.
- a couple of weeks ago i stole some leaves from various exotic succulent plants at the glasgow botanic gardens. some of them look pretty crazy, so i’m really hoping the ‘cuttings’ i made survive.
- also pictured are some sad little vegetables i had hoped would grow well enough in our dark little scottish windows over winter.