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A planting system which involves low maintenance, is self-contained and leaves a productive ecosystem is known as Permaculture gardening. It uses techniques and practice that combines the best of wildlife gardening, edible landscaping and native plant cultivation.
Why Use Permaculture?
Permaculture gardens serve many functions. They provide food and medical crops, wildlife habitats, crafting materials, an attractive appearance, and a private relaxing atmosphere throughout every season.
These gardens produce food by using a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. The flowers not only serve for medical services but also cut down for beautiful bouquets, for displays and also for craft materials.
What comprises a Permaculture Garden?
Many methods can be implied when you think of a permaculture garden. The best part is there is no method that will disturb the ecosystem in a permaculture garden practice.
Some of the gardening and recycling methods used in the self-sustaining (Permaculture) gardens are as follows:
- Edible gardening & companion planting -
Edible gardening is a common type of gardening where vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, small fruit bearing trees, and companion plants are commonly grown together. The benefit of companion planting is the minimum use of resources because of similar intake of the companion plants.
- Raised beds and vertical gardening techniques - Raised beds are a commonplace with a permaculture garden, filled with an assortment of plants. They take a little room, can be accessed easily and look beautiful. Vertical gardening includes growing plants on trellises and hanging baskets.
- Keyhole gardening - Keyhole gardening is beautiful and extremely productive. The beds in this type of garden are in the shape of a horseshoe and are made in a way that they are easily accessible by the user. They can also be designed in a circle, with the center including a variety of herbs and perennials. If you have enough space, you can add a small pond or other water feature as well.
- Sheet mulching - This type of cultivation includes planting by non-tilling of soil and retaining the nutrients in the soil. A barrier or wet newspaper is applied to the area which eventually breaks down over time that allows both water and plant roots to enter the soil. This way, the inner layer of soil is not exposed which allows the soil to retain its nutrient and remain rich. Around the outer edges of the soil, a layer of compost and soil is applied for plantings. This is then covered with additional straw to retain moisture.
- Soil and Composting- Soil is an important part of permaculture farming. Also worms are an essential in permaculture gardening. The importance of worms is they keep the soil loose and healthy. Compost piles are another important element of a permaculture garden. All materials for fertilizing and mulching are produced within the permaculture garden.
Benefits of Permaculture Gardening
The first and the foremost benefit of permaculture gardening is that nothing is wasted in this kind of cultivation. The garden waste is used for composting, which in turn is used for soil amendment and fertilizers.
Water plays an essential role in all kinds of farming and so does in permaculture gardening. The water keeps the soil and the plants hydrated and also attracts wildlife to the permaculture garden. Implementing recycling practice for watering is also a great step towards your perfect permaculture gardening.
For example, rain barrels are used to catch rainwater coming from gutter downspouts. This helps the dual way, it saves the water as well as it is very good for the garden as rainwater is loaded with nutrients.
Another benefit of a permaculture garden is that you don’t need pesticides in the garden. The water feature often encourages beneficial insects, birds, frogs and other small wildlife creatures and they feed on the pests of the permaculture garden. Another way of planting in a permaculture garden, known as companion planting, also helps keep insect and other pest problems to a minimum.
Permaculture gardens are also maintenance-free gardens. They are a best example of a minimum investment and maximum results. Once you plan a proper permaculture garden with proper techniques, optimised usage of cultivating habits according to the soil and plants you have nothing to do but water and harvest crops or add occasional mulch.
So, to summarise with a permaculture garden. They are a type of farming that can essentially take care of itself. Each plant that is grown in a permaculture garden has its own specific purpose. They are different in their characteristics and have different purposes to serve. Some are solely used for food and others for medicine. Some of them are planted just to attract the beneficial insects that will keep the soil manure while others are planted to deter or keep away the pests dangerous for their growth. Then there are plants which are meant to only improve the health of the soil. They are planted just to keep the nutrients intact in the soil and not let them wash away with the water while there are also plants which just increase the beauty of the permaculture garden.
There is no other best way to experience what nature has to offer than in a permaculture garden. It includes all the natural enjoyment, benefits and results that are purely dependent on nature. The best advantage of a permaculture garden is that it does not damage any of the natural resources rather it uses it in a very positive manner. Even the waste that is created by the crops or plants in a permaculture garden are re-used by themselves to increase the fertility of the soil.
So, If there is a pandemic or there is no pandemic around, one should always be ahead if they have a chance to grow, cultivate and enjoy a permaculture garden. It is a best way to spend time with nature, its benefits and feel good seeing the crops grow.
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