Apr 5/2010
Permaculture 101

Permaculture 101 - Laying out the Design

Permaculture 101 - Laying out the Design

Well, we have embarked on our permaculture odyssey and are excited to share all that we have learned. We’ve chosen the most barren and abused area of land to practice our sheet mulching (or lasagna garden) experiment.

I have looked out at this gravely waste of prime south exposed land each day and wondered “what could we do with it?” and “how would we even begin?”.
As soon as I began pouring over ‘Gaia’s Garden’ and learning more about permaculture I began to look at this area with new optimism and excitement. Why not give ourselves the ultimate “before” and “after” experience. Challenge ourselves to nourish this land and bring back some ecological garden space around our home.

We ordered the zero mile diet kit from Saltspring Seed Co. back in Dec. and have decided that this new patch should become our “Zero Mile Garden”. It makes sense to plants seeds intended to enable self-sufficiency in a garden that is designed to really work with nature.

Zero Mile Seed Kit

Zero Mile Seed Kit

Check back over the next couple of weeks as I will post photos and instructions of each step that we have taken thus far.

Don’t forget… these practices can be applied to any existing garden space. Any small vegetable patch (or mixed veg, flower and herb garden) will benefit from sheet mulching and will save you hours of weeding and feeding your garden in the future. Don’t have a veggie garden? Any patch of ordinary lawn can be sheet mulched and begin to take the journey back to nature and away from energy sucking, high maintenance lawn. No back breaking digging or tilling required. I challenge you to take over one little patch of lawn today and make some hay! (Guerilla gardening 101 coming soon!)

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