VAN DELL JORDAN
vdjor at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 21 12:41:19 EST 2006
Found a book "Forest garden" in our local library,
don't remember author's name, could look it up though.
He describes a way of careful planting with 4 levels
of plants, from ground cover up to tall trees.
Properly arraigned this, according to the author,
creates an almost no maintenance garden. Animals do
not seem to be part of the equation, but for a vegan
such a garden might provide most of the diet.
--- Gene GeRue <genegerue at ruralize.com> wrote:
> All this talk of preparing for senior years leads me
> to think of
> permaculture. Design your homestead in a purposeful
> manner, that each
> utility, structure, plant and animal fits into a
> circle of life.
> Employ minimal human inventions and maximal natural
> conditions. Let
> Nature do as much work as possible. Use gravity to
> move water and
> nutrients to where they are optimally used. Plant
> fruit trees where
> poultry feed on and clean up spoiled fruit, thereby
> diminishing disease.
> A specific example I have written about before: At
> Heartwood, the Taj
> Mahen is located uphill from the main garden area.
> It is at the
> southwest corner of a good-sized run built of
> dog-pen wire and
> extends down to the northwest corner of the garden.
> Kitchen scraps,
> rotten garden goodies, and weeds are tossed into the
> run at the high
> corner. Hens eat and scratch. And peck and scratch.
> And scratch and
> scratch. By gravity, each scratch moves poop and
> dirt downhill toward
> the garden where is a gate. I open the gate and
> shovel out very rich
> soil which is then moved into a compost pile very
> close by or
> directly onto garden beds. If I really had my act
> together, said
> poopy dirt would fall by gravity into a compost
> heap. Hm.
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