There is a different kind of satisfaction and happiness when you remain close to nature. A great way of doing it is by growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Permaculture gardening is a great way to grow your own food and use what nature gives to to make it happen.
In simple words, permaculture gardening is “permanent agriculture” using the natural resources provided by nature – Wind, Sun and Water to maximise the produce by using minimal resources and without destroying the land.
Here are few points to keep in mind while approaching towards a permaculture garden:
For a successful permaculture garden, you need to have a good planning that will make the work smooth. You do not have to take random garden supplies or random fruits and vegetables and start growing. A perfect study of plants who take less water and yield more should be prioritised.
First, you have to decide what area you will use for your garden from the overall space available with you in your backyard.
Then decide whether you have to go for a traditional garden with few permaculture design features or you want a complete stacked permaculture garden.
Important permaculture gardening features are:
- Soil Preservation
Protecting the soil includes some points. They are:
- Use of ground cover crops that protects the soil and keep it in place
- Do not dig. Tilling the soil will disturb the structure of the dirt and expose the lower layer of the soil to sunlight. This might destroy the beneficial nutrients and living creatures beneath the soil.
- Compost your soil
- Use crops that protect your soil like beans or peas. They will keep the soil in place and before they seed you can cut them and let them stay there to decompose and feed the soil
- Plant Stacking
Plant stacking is the best way to maximise the use of natural resources and produce more in the limited space.
- Succession Planting
You should organize your permaculture garden in a way that you plant new plants when the existing ones are to the end of their production cycle. This will keep your soil always full of nutrients.
- Companion Planting
Planting crops that have similar growing habits and intake is beneficial in reducing the amount of resources used.
The best way to have a successful permaculture garden is to break down the big task into small tasks and complete them to create the final result.
Few things to keep in mind:
- Design your overall garden but when building it, start with small pieces.
- Have a proper calculation and idea of the space you will be using and the area that will be feasible for you to cultivate to avoid any bad effect later.
- Plan the amount of water needed. Also look for the sun and shade requirements of your plants.
- Start your garden at the time of fall and spring.
- Construct the largest piece of the garden first. If you use the stacked design, plant your trees first, make sure they have enough water and then plant smaller plants.
Make proper plans and map before you start your permaculture garden. Summer is a great time to start planning and build your garden by fall.