Herbs and wildflowers establishing on our hugel mounds. Species here include white clover, borage, milk thistle, cut leaf cranesbill, yarrow, purple dead nettle, daisy, cleavers. Great mullein, marigold, purple dead nettle, blue and white borage, sow thistle.
As part of the Land Centre network (http://www.permaculture.org.uk/land), we've just been up north to Manchester and Salford to see some amazing projects, meet up with other Land Centre people, share juicy knowledge of permaculture and think about the International Permaculture convergence which will be happening in London in September 2015. One of the places we … Continue reading Biospheres, aquaspheres, forests and food
New layers added to our forest garden. We planted blueberries, ground cover raspberries, rhubarb, tree onions, medlar, cherry plum, seaberry (buckthorn), Siberian pea tree, robinia, and bamboo. New wild flowers included woodruff, hedge woundwort, great mullein and musk mallow We transplanted our gojiberries, plum, new zealand flax and some more blueberries. A very fruitful day and will … Continue reading Forest gardeners
We spent the day learning practical surveying techniques for measuring length, height difference, contours etc with a few home made devices. A dash of ribena in the bunyip or water level made it easier to read the differences. All the info gathered will feed into our plans for the forest garden. The A frame Marking … Continue reading We’ve got the measure of it…….or beginning to at least.
A brilliant day had by all lugging wet cardboard, steaming manure and piles of wood chip to our forest garden. Using sheet mulching, we are aiming to build up new soil in this area and transform from a heap of old rubble into a healthy forest garden. Fruit trees and shrubs planted in spring have … Continue reading Forest garden permablitz (with a bit of fungal fever)
The photos show the plot we'll be developing into a forest garden over the winter. What we currently have is a mound of rubble and earth. The plan is to map and mark the contours, then build retaining walls of rubble and buddleia branches (all ava...