My Permaculture Plot: First Thoughts

Oct 16, 2017

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.

 

TOTAL ruins.

 

My African Horned Melon
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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  1. Jane says:

    How wonderful to have found this wonderful Gardner. Your writing is like along lost friend,that you want to keep in touch with. Am anxious for the adventure.

  2. Alicia says:

    Can’t to see how our experiment turns out. I’ll be moving across the country in a year or so and I hope to plant a permaculture food forest then. For now, I’m making my plans so I can hit the ground running.

  3. Pat says:

    Hi, Travis! I want to thank Margaret (A Way to Garden) for sending me your way. I am a senior citizen who has been gardening organically for years. Now I am looking into permaculture as a way to minimize physical labor. I am in zone 7, Middle Tennessee. Will be watching for your updates. I am particularly interested in fruit and nut tree guilds. I have visited permies.com, but there are folks from so many different growing zones that it takes me some time to filter out the useful information!

    A resource I would like to share for organic gardening is tendingmygarden.com. Theresa has a wealth of information there, though not so much on permaculture!

    • Travis says:

      Thanks for the website recommendation!

      I’ll definitely post occasional updates on how the Permaculture Garden is growing.

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