Graham Bell – The #Permaculture Garden

By | October 5, 2011


Permaculture Garden

Permaculture Garden

As I mentioned in the last post, I was reading Graham’s Permaculture Garden while I was on Holiday.

In over 40 years of Gardening I’ve read lots of books and there aren’t many authors that really impress me but I think Graham has to join Geoff Hamilton and Ethelind Fearon on the podium.

It’s a concise and practical review of how permaculture could be applied to a normal garden. He covers all the usual permaculture ideas about doing more with less, grouping things in zones to save energy and to work towards a woodland garden which involves a sensible progression rather than a rotation to increase the diversity of the space. He covers layering and stacking, the use of swales along the contour to facilitate passive irrigation, the benefits of how to make use of the edge effect and the benefits of using perennial vegetables rather than annuals in a no dig progression.

The best thing is that it has a series of easy to execute 1 day projects including containers on concrete, developing a tree garden, creating a grey water reed bet and the ominous sounding German Mound.

Best of all he tells you in explicit detail how to turn a lawn into potatoes by spreading cardboard round the dripline of a handy tree and covering it in compost. Put the potatoes in, follow up with beans over the winter and bodge in some rasp canes the following autumn and your on your way to your very own forest garden.

Watch this space.

btw you can buy his book here.

2 thoughts on “Graham Bell – The #Permaculture Garden

  1. Guillermo

    The movement of the seeds and the ccainrkg of the soil inside the container is likely from watering and drying cycles in the container. The soil in a container, also, will become compacted. It is better to use soil with perlite or vermiculite to keep the soil aerated and make better use of water. The container needs to be well drained, as well, sitting in a dish or a tray for example.If you do that, or, have it self-watering, the depth of soil can be less than proscribed for soil depth for planting in the garden. In fact, many things may do better in a container than in the garden.Mint, for example, likes a container.I use containers for plants I want to keep away from bug pests or disease. Other than that, I use companion planting.

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