For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about edible gardening. When I initially started my vegetable garden as a first attempt to produce food, I was all in.
I started out practicing an organic, no-till vegetable gardening. It was a new, lower maintenance style of edible gardening for me to try. Sounds great, right?
In early summer, I went backpacking in New Mexico. By the time I arrived back from my 85 mile hike (my idea of summer fun 🙂 ), the garden was in ruins.
My African Horned Melon
The beds overflowed with bindweed and purple nutsedge. All of my plants died except the heirloom sugarcane and my trustworthy African Horned Melon. Needless to say, the garden was failing.
I was about to give up on the idea of ever having a successful vegetable garden, when I had a great idea. Why not create a permaculture plot?
Permaculture is an agricultural system that integrates human activity with natural surroundings so as to create highly efficient self-sustaining ecosystems.
When I first heard about permaculture, I was talking with a friend who just happened to mention it offhand while talking about edible gardening techniques. Of course, being curious by nature, I had to learn more. I researched the topic and ended up taking a course on permaculture design.
My curiosity ended up getting the better of me. “I wonder if I could cultivate a successful permaculture plot in my yard? How will the weeds react to this natural approach to edible gardening?”
I have to know.
There is no one using permaculture techniques in my area, so this will be something unique. In the coming few weeks, I plan to start designing my garden for planting this next spring. Expect some follow-up posts monitoring the progress of my new garden.
Last thing: If you have a permaculture plot and are willing to share information, contact me! There are not many permaculture enthusiasts in my area. One of my goals with The Garden Scout is to cultivate a sense of community. I’d absolutely love to hear about your personal experiences in the world of plants! Also, if you’re interested in learning more about this style of gardening, head over to Permies.com, a website specializing in permaculture and has forums dedicated to this unique style of gardening.
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