Archive for December, 2012

ag.arizona.edu writes…

Stacked Garden

“The purpose of an intensively grown garden is to harvest the most produce possible from a given space. More traditional gardens consist of long, single rows of vegetables spaced widely apart. Much of the garden area is taken by the space between the rows. An intensive garden reduces wasted space to a minimum. The practice of intensive gardening is not just for those with limited garden space; rather, an intensive garden concentrates work efforts to create an ideal plant environment, giving better yields with less labor.
Though its benefits are many, the intensive garden may not be for everyone. Some people enjoy the sight of long, straight rows in their gardens. Others prefer machine cultivation to hand weeding; though there is often less weeding to do in intensive plantings because of fewer pathways and closely spaced plants, the weeding that must be done is usually done by hand or with hand tools. Still other gardeners like to get their gardens planted in a very short period of time and have harvests come in all at once. The intensive ideal is to have something growing in every part of the garden at all times during the growing season.”

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gardening.about.com writes…

Good garden design is a combination of form, texture and color, but sometimes the color is so intense it’s all we can see. A good way to view the basic bones or structure of your garden is to view it in black & white. Most digital cameras will allow you to do this or you can take an existing photo and view it in black & white in a photo editor.

Pay attention to where your eye is drawn.

  • Does one element overpower the whole garden?
  • Does it look cluttered or messy?
  • Is there a good flow, with some variety in height or one long, boring block?
  • Do the foliage textures seem to blend into each other or can you make out distinct spikes complemented by feathery foliage and large, bold leaves?

Use your black & white photo to help you edit plants that fade into the background and to rework plant combinations that are too similar in texture or form. Try this at different times during the year to view the changes in your garden.


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midwestpermaculture.com writes…

As part of a permaculture design we are creating for Center for Sustainable Community (CSC – our local non-profit) we developed a few educational tools to help us explain several concepts we wished to convey to them.  One of these is the idea of planting in linear-food forests all along the downhill side of several hugelkultured swales.  We thought you might like to see these explanations as well.  

While the tress and shrubs are in the early stages of growing (small) we will use the open space to grow some of our annual vegetables. We will also plant some nitrogen fixing ground covers and dynamic accumulators to help build the soil.


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Just opened up my first Permaculture Community on Google+.

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