Easy Growing Vegetables for the Permaculture Garden

Learn effective methods for growing vegetables in a permaculture garden.

| May 2016

  • A clove of garlic going in the ground. Note the placing of the cloves already laid in place. A little close perhaps but they did fine.
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  • Fall planted garlic, the following July.
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  • Note the graceful curl of the garlic scapes.
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  • Harvested scapes waiting to be transformed into pesto.
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  • Garlic harvest hung to dry in the garden shed.
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  • Potato bed in bloom. Commercial potatoes growers even spray to kill the blossom (and therefore speed up fruiting) but what a shame to destroy these attractive purple and yellow blossoms before their time?
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  • Newly sprouted potatoes in a “potato box” which is moved each year to ensure proper rotation. Note the comfrey peeking over the edge, waiting to get chopped and mulched around the potatoes.
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  • Harvesting potatoes is as much fun as a treasure hunt and the perfect way to spend a warm fall day. Almost as satisfying as eating them!
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  • This rainbow chard stayed productive tucked under a blanket of eel grass until the hard freeze came.
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  • Here the previously uncultivated ground was simply mowed, to accommodate two hastily constructed raised beds.
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  • Dog was not much impressed by the harvest they produced, but we were.
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  • In "Permaculture for the Rest of Us," author Jenni Blackmore offers her knowledge amassed from more than twenty-five years of self-sufficient living in her house on a rocky, windswept island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Blackmore is a certified Permaculture Design consultant as well as a successful micro-farmer. She produces most of her family's meat, eggs, fruit and vegetables.
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Not every aspiring homesteader has access to 5 gently sloping acres of rich, loamy soil. Author Jenni Blackmore presents a highly personal, entertaining account of how permaculture, "permanant agriculture", can be practiced in adverse conditions. Permaculture for the Rest of Us (New Society Publishers, 2015), by Jenni Blackmore, describes how to retrofit even the smallest homestead, illustrating the fundamental principles of this emerging gardening technique in a humorous, reader-friendly way.

You can purchase this book from the Capper's Farmer store: Permaculture for the Rest of Us.

Easy Growing Vegetables

I’ve chosen to mention the following four vegetables here because they are all relatively easy to grow. Also, each has a preference for when it is planted:

Garlic, for instance, likes best to be planted in the late fall. It might have taken all summer to prepare soil and construct a new bed and it’s satisfying to be able to plant right there and then, rather than have the bed remain empty until the next spring. Garlic is the perfect choice.

Chard likes to be planted in early spring. It is very hardy and will grow reasonably well in mediocre soil.

Potatoes are planted mid to late spring and don’t require the kind of perfect soil that develops after several years in a well-tended plot. They also don’t require a lot of soil as they can be heavily mulched with organic material to provide all the cover they need. They’re great for starter plots, especially as the mulch rots down and increases the amount of organic material in the existing soil, thereby increasing the actual amount of soil as the bed is used.



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