I love being able to sit and do nothing. It is easy to look around and see this job and that job but in our back garden I am able to sit and enjoy. We have been trying to employ some of the values learnt when reading about food forests. It is a journey, not an instant hit and that is why I enjoy our back garden. It will never be finished so I don’t need to look around and list all the jobs that need doing, they will be there in an hours time. So I simply sit and enjoy.
Eat Better…… Feel Better
Plant bulbs anytime
Egyptian Onion / Tree Onion (Alliumcepa Proliferum group)
Plant out young plants in Winter
Babington’s Leek / Perennial Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii)
Wild Angelica / Wood Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)
Yellow Aspodel / King’s Spear (Asphodeline lutea)
Sea Beet (Beta Vulgaris subsp. maritima)
Turkish Rocket (Bunias orientalis)
Pig Nut (Bunium bulbocastanum)
Legumes – Peas and Beans
Salads – Tomatoes
Add chicken droppings and mulch
A Guild – Any group of plants that are working together to achieve a common goal.
Bee Balm #
Lupin # &
New Jersey Tea
Lavender (Repels fleas and moths)
Planting herbs under fruit trees
Allium – Attracts pollinating insects and repels burrowers
Sage – Wards of pests – self planting
Lemon Balm – Deters all sorts of insects
Thyme – Atracts insects
Wormwood is allopathic
Don’t plant Fennel – It is allopathic. All allopathic plants kill other plants and prevent growth.
Anna and I love our garden but I believe both of us would have more flowers quite happily and maybe this is our next project. A cutting garden… Found this brilliant article on a quiet style. Here is the opening paragraph:
Those who have followed me for a while, know that I dream of one day having my own cutting garden. Somewhere to while away the hours, planting, weeding, tending and in my opinion the best bit, cutting armfuls of flowers! So today, is a bit of treat for me, in his own brilliant style, Benjamin from Higgledy Garden has been kind enough to share his insight and wisdom on how to start a cutting garden of your very own. If you haven’t come across Higgledy Garden, they sell seeds for traditional annual flowers, all grown without chemicals in a paddock in Cornwall, along with offering loads of great advice for growing flowers on their website.
Read more on How to start a cutting garden.
One of the first permaculture projects I did was building an herb spiral, and to be honest, the design has never ceased to delight me. Undoubtedly, that one and the few spirals that followed are amongst the most beautiful garden beds I’ve made. More importantly, they are also amazingly productive and a great way of getting into the mindset choosing the right spot to plant stuff, both in the sense of permaculture zoning and climatic considerations.
This is a definite summer project that goes well with my last post – starting a cutting garden
Read more at Permaculture news on The Magic and Mystery of Constructing a Herb Spiral and why every Suburban Lawn should have one
Yes you are reading the title correctly. Debra Lee Baldwin did as her husband suggested and made a bird feeder from a bra. She tells us it isn’t hers!
Read more about Bra Bird Feeder.
Your message of hope
to a world tiring of winter’s starkness,
longing for that first crocus
to push through snow’s icy blanket
and spread its leaves,
like arms outstretched,
to its creator.
Our yearly reminder, if we needed one,
that to a world that was dark and cold,
a world devoid of love’s sweet warmth,
you sent your Son
to break through sin’s icy blanket,
and, arms outstretched
on a cross,
he brought us
June Berry (also known as Snowy Mespilus) makes a gorgeous addition to a mixed hedge. Plant Juneberry amongst an assortment of native hedge plants. The bush blooms in March and April with star shaped white flowers. Its new leaves are coppery pink and silky, maturing into green, then taking on tones of rich red and orange as autumn progresses. It’s fruits are edible and taste like apples. They are dark red in the summer before changing to purple/black in Autumn.
Birds love Juneberry fruits. They work well for birds with heights up to 3m. Plant in sunny, moist soil and best of all sheltered or exposed, inland or coastal.
Also known as wild garlic, this plant carpets the ground in areas of woodland across the UK giving off a distinctive odour of garlic. It has long, pointed leaves which have a garlic scent. The flowers are white in colour. The bulb of the plant can be used to create tonics to relieve rheumatic problems and lower cholesterol.
To be honest I love strolling through woodlands and smelling this beautiful plant. Walk along Cornish roads and in spring you get it’s heady scent. It is wonderful and pure.