Anyone, if they want, can garden. Design is the key.
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Getting Balcony Ready
Good day, well tomorrow will be the first mild and sunny day in awhile so I will be getting the balcony planters ready. The upper balcony is my ornamental garden,. this year morning glories and nasturtiums will be the stars.
Permaculture is an ethically based design methodology. The word permaculture was coined by its co-founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Permaculture is formed from two words permanent and agriculture. A is for Ant. Ants help to protect the garden from Aphids. B is for Bee. Both honey bees and bumblebees help the garden to grow. Bees pollinate the plants so the plants will produce fruit and vegetables. C is for Chickens. Chicken give eggs and help to recycle food and yard waste. D is for Ducks. Ducks eat slugs and snails that want to eat your vegetables. E is for Ethics. Permaculture design is based upon an ethical foundation: people Care, Earth Care, Fair Shares. F is for Food Forest. A food forest is a garden modeled upon a forest. G is for Gardening, garden, and gardener. Gardeners are growing food, herbs and flowers in the garden. H is for Hügelkultur: Hügelkultur is raised garden beds filled with rotten wood and covered with soil and compost. These raised beds require little attentio…
When people ask me how to get started with a garden, one of the first questions I ask them is how much time do you have to spend in your garden each day? The reason I ask this question is people often have great gardens in their minds but in their daily lives, they simply do not have the time to care for those gardens. Sure, the first few days are full of energy as the garden bed or beds are prepared and the seeds and seedlings are planted and everything is watered. But then life happens and the busy schedule that is many peoples’ reality starts to take over and tending the garden gets put aside or left to the weekend. Now, once a garden is established, you do not need to visit it every day, although I do recommend that if you really want a thriving organic garden then allow yourself at least five minutes each day. During those five minutes all you are doing is observing, looking for changes like any unwanted visitors or signs that something may be wrong, brown leaves, chew marks and so …