Subversion Without Violence

Bill Mollison once said, “I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.”  Applying design to growing makes for good permaculture. As Ireland endures a wetter and wetter climate, constructing vegetable beds on the top of gravel helps to counteract the worst elements of flooding. The same design principles are applied in the polytunnel. Beds are raised and paths are lowered, allowing for good drainage on this north facing slope. This is a Nectarine tree, under-planted with Comfrey, which is then regularly…