10 tips to help people get started with permaculture
Regular garden methods can be a one size fits all approach to growing, while permaculture invites you to look at the environment you are growing in, and best fit your plans around that. It means what sort of soil do you have, what access to water is there, how much shade or sun is there? Basically with permaculture you are invited to work with your garden and not against it! Here are our top 10 tips to get started.
Start small and gradually expand: It’s best to start with a small plot or a few containers and gradually expand as you gain more experience and knowledge.Observe and interact: Spend time observing your garden site, including the sun, wind, and water patterns. This will help you determine the best location for your plants and garden beds.Use native plants: Choose plants that are native to your area, as they are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. This will make it easier to care for your garden and ensure its success.Practice diversity: Include a variety of plants in your garden, including annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and fruits. This will create a more balanced and resilient ecosystem.Follow the natural lay of the land: Use the natural contours and features of your garden site to your advantage, rather than trying to force the land to conform to a predetermined design.Use mulch: Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Use organic mulches such as straw, leaves, or grass clippings.Invest in quality tools: Invest in a few high-quality tools that will last a long time, rather than buying cheaper tools that may break or wear out quickly.Companions plants: Companion plants are groups of plants that work together to benefit each other and the environment. For example, you might plant nitrogen-fixing legumes near your vegetables to help enrich the soil.Practice natural pest control: Rather than relying on chemicals to control pests, try using natural methods such as attracting beneficial insects or using companion planting.Be patient: Permaculture gardening takes time and patience, as it’s about creating a sustainable ecosystem rather than quick results. Trust the process and enjoy the journey!