I designed this concept plan for a young family of five. They wanted a low maintenance garden of native and edible plants with minimal lawn for their new contemporary, minimalist home at Peregian Springs.
Along the North facing street frontage I chose a coastal native plant palette of ground covers and small flowering shrubs to suit the coastal location. Behind that are dwarf avocado and mango trees to screen the house with papaya between and ground cover below. Dwarf bananas line the driveway along the boundary.
A path topped in small white chip pebble provides access to the East side of the backyard where raised cypress timber vege beds arranged in an interesting pattern that makes efficient use of the space. Along the fence is a macadamia and grumichama hedge.
Mixed, layered planting of bananas, dwarf citrus, and pineapple along the South boundary beyond the pool creates a lush screen. A small lawn area off the patio is lined by a blueberry hedge and a feature olive tree in the corner and a passionfruit vine on the fence.
Now the family has a clear plan to create a very productive landscape!
Wie ihr der gestrigen Story entnehmen konntet, erneuere ich mit meinem Gartennachbarn den Maschendrahtzaun. Die Zwiebel und der gesteckte Knoblauch wachsen super. Auch die Kartoffeln durchbrechen langsam die Erde.
Und ein kleines Update meines Gläser-Versuchs:
Einige Planten entwickeln sich prächtig, gerade der Salat wächst super.
We have Feijoa flowers! Did you know the pedals of the Feijoa are edible and taste strawberry shortcake?!? Unfortunately in Florida we don’t get a reliable fruit set but I have heard with a little self pollination it is possible.
So... making the most of the post full moon, downward energy, which supports root growth and root crops, I have been transplanting a lot of my hardier crops like winter leeks, beetroot, perpetual spinach, Florence fennel, lettuce, corn salad, kale and broccoli.
The brassicas planted out, were five types of Kale (Dwarf Kale Blue Scotch, Kavallo Nero, Pentland Brig, Blue Scotch Curled, Dwarf Kale Curly Scarlet) plus Broccoli Raab. These have all been transplanted quite close together and will get covered in insect mesh soon. I plant them quite close together at this time of year, in a waiting bed, to allow them to grow on until I move them to their final winter spacing once some of the early crops, like salad and broad beans have finished and been cleared.
I've planted out all my winter hardy leeks, but still have my autumn harvesting leeks to transplant. Have also planted some Charlotte potatoes in big black plastic tubs and biodegradable potato growing bags. Two of these potato growing bags were planted up by my grandkids and taken home to grow on. Container growing potatos is one of several great ways to introduce kids to growing their own veg, since potatos grow very quickly and there's a real buried treasure element at harvest time!
It's been very dry here in Norfolk for the past 6 weeks, so much watering needed, especially of transplants. It's cooler and greyer now, but still only spots of rain. Have any of you folk been having to water outside crops recently?
Prunus x Amygdalus Communis x Persia. If that’s a mouthful then call it as it is better known as Hall’s Hardy Almond. Precocious at a young age it bore fruit (ahh...or should I say nuts), when it was just 2 years old, tho literature says 3. Self-fertile, but ours is planted on the outskirts of a large Prunus planting which might explain its bearing almonds so early. Unlike an older Almond tree, also planted in the South garden, Prunus dulcis ‘Nikita’s Pride’ that is 8 years old which has never blossomed even once. I’m a patient person, but if you’re not, than planting a Hall’s Hardy is the way to go.
Liquorice 🌱. Six little plants grown from seed last year. Destined for the forest garden, they should each grow up to 2m high, 1m wide, with roots of up to 4m!
As a legume they should also fix nitrogen in the soil.
The harvestable parts are the rhizomes which grow just under the soil and are harvested from alternate sides each year in September.
Our soil may be a little on the heavy side of ideal for liquorice, hopefully the sheet mulching will have improved the soil enough for these to thrive. To be on the safe side we'll keep a couple in large pots initially.
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Swales at work, doing their job of slowing down and capturing the nearly 3 inches of rain today. The berms behind the swales will be a stored water source for the dozens of trees planted in this small orchard adjacent to the crops.
The next lot of spuds are IN 💃
Nothing beats a homegrown spud, this time of year is making me so happy!
Planting them down the plot, straight in to the ground again as I am useless at growing them in bags! Happy days 😊
WE DID IT! That rice on the plate was grown at our farm. Not the best rice that I've had but my heart swells with pride with each morsel. I am proud of you @sudhakar2310 ❤️ We left the rice to mature for 1.5 months and got it milled at a local rice mill. Swipe to see a photo of our organic, unpolished, boiled Amman Ponni rice.
The Edible Garden is springing back to life and it won't be long until it's awash with colour!
Join Beca & find out how to create a delicious edible garden & wildlife haven. Not just great for you, but for insects, bees and other pollinators too!
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Four à pain en terre-paille ~1
Les fondations du four en terre paille sont posées!
👨🎨Tracée du four sur la planche, 👨🔧Clous plantés pour fixer le torchis,
👷♀️Tamisage de la terre extraite de notre mare, 🤸♂️Mélange terre / paille avec les enfants (1 volume / 4 volumes) pour le socle isolant du four, 15cm d'epaisseur étalé et prêt à sécher pendant une semaine!
Bientôt, on attaque la base du four avec les briques refractaires!
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The beautiful white oak on the kallista roundabout. It is a constant companion to my life at Forestedge permaculture nursery.
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Namwa bananas (Pisang Awak subgroup) I planted a pup I won at the @manateerarefruitcouncil raffle last year. No irrigation, no mulch, no fertilizer - just planted up against our hens nighttime coop. The bunch was a little challenging for short me to get down because there were new Namwa plants grown up on all sides of the fruiting one - I cut one of those down to make a path for me to cut halfway into the pseudostem of the fruiting one at 5’ up - then slowly pulled the bunch down slowly by the male bud until I could reach the peduncle and remove the bunch (another reason I leave the terminal male buds attached on my taller bananas) - makes harvesting without damaging any fruit possible for short people like me 😊
Mysore bananas ripening quick after being knocked down in the wind last week. I don’t give these bananas the care they deserve - each time they produce nice size bunches without any irrigation or mulching. I recently added 10 bags of leaves I picked up off the side of the road along with a wheelbarrow full of used shavings from our baby chicks. These are growing alongside Gipungusi and Pisang Jaribuaya/Crocodile Fingers in our backyard.
Came back home to a tree full of ripe, melt in my mouth, Florida Prince peaches - such a delicious pre-mango season treat. We are currently growing Florida Prince and Florida Grande - both low-chill, melting flesh peaches. Peaches with names beginning with UF are non-melting flesh. I personally prefer melting flesh peaches. What is your favorite low-chill peach variety?
Our organic farm is not very big, but what we grow we grow with much love and care.
As you may notice from the photo, there are diffrerent varieties of crops growing on each row of planting beds. This is because we practice a polycultural crop-rotation planting instead of industrialised monoculture system.
By rotating our plants, we reduce the stress of having one type of crop stripping the soil from a specific type of nutrients (and having to supplement the soil with chemical fertilizer to balance it out), and instead encourage different types of crops to nurture the soil for the next generation of crops that is going to grow in its place.
O estudo de John Reganold e Jonathan Wachter, pesquisadores da Washington University, modelou 500 cenários de produção de alimentos para analisar se é possível alimentar com alimentos orgânicos, uma população mundial estimada de 9,6 bilhões de pessoas em 2050 sem expandir a área de terras que já utilizamos.
O estudo mostra que a agricultura orgânica pode produzir comida para toda a população mundial se as pessoas assumirem dietas baseadas em plantas, com menor consumo de carne.
Para os pesquisadores, as terras agrícolas existentes, convertidas para a AO, podem alimentar 94% das pessoas se elas forem veganas;
39% se forem vegetarianas;
15% com a dieta ao estilo ocidental baseada em carne.