Sunflowers shading buckwheat seedlings shading clover seedlings. Probably the most successful linear nursery succession strategy I’ve planted over our dry, hot summer.
The herb spiral, an invention of Bill Mollison’s, dubbed the “Father of Permaculture”, provides 20 or so feet of gardening space in two square metres and creates micro-climates that provide for a multitude of medicinal and culinary herbs. Here’s some beautiful and well-thought out herb spirals sure to inspire.
An excerpt from the upcoming feature-length documentary: Promises of Urban Agriculture, directed by Joseph Redwood-Martinez…
Jay Rosenberg speaks about Hayes Valley Farm demonstrating urban agriculture as a strategy for interim land use in San Francisco.
Is Vancouver ready for the food forest movement?
Imagine munching Asian pears and cracking hazelnuts with friends while basking in the fragrant, healing aromas of the herbaceous understory. The kids chase butterflies and explore edible plants. You relax and graze. Everyone goes home with a bundle of mint or rosemary, a few berries, and maybe some tasty rogue greens for the pot or salad bowl.
Welcome to the food forest, a multi-purpose edible green space that might just redefine urban gardening.
Designed to mimic the mixed canopy of a natural deciduous forest, a food forest (a.k.a. forest garden) substitutes—or combines—oaks and maples with pears, hazels, and other fruits and nuts. The understory and margins are planted with edible berries, herbs, and vegetables. Even mushrooms, like shiitake and oyster, can be included—inoculated into logs and wood chips, protected by the tree canopy.
Unlike a conventionally designed garden where you have herbs and vegetables here, a berry patch over there, and fruit trees off in their own area, a food forest attempts to integrate these different categories of plants into a shared, symbiotic system. As the system matures, it theoretically provides for humans and wildlife over many years, with progressively less input required. It’s an appealing prospect for urbanites who long for green spaces that provide community hubs, healthy creative outlets, and nourishment for body, mind, and spirit.[…]
i squealed when this came up on my facebook news feed
“This is a Bios Urn, a completely biodegradable urn that contains a single tree seed. When planted, the tree seed is nourished by and absorbs the nutrients from the ashes. The urn itself is made from coconut shell and contains compacted peat and cellulose. The ashes are mixed with this, and the seed placed inside. You can even choose which type of tree you’d like to grow!”
Permaculture transition pictures in Ireland!