Copious amounts of both were brought to the cottage last Sunday by two followers of this Permaculture blog, Terri and Lol, now good friends!
Living by the Atlantic Ocean in Connemara, access to seaweed was available and, as Terri has a health shop, cardboard was plentiful.
Making the journey all the way from Connemara, with their friend, John, the boot of the car was opened and this incredible valuable material was hauled out.
Atlantic shore seaweed, bags of it, along with flattened cardboard, was to be used in the making of a new garden.
As with all permaculture gardening, it would be simple and easy.
I started this process yesterday and made a short film about my progress this morning…see the link at the bottom of the page.
Preparation of the permaculture is easy and takes a relatively short amount of time.
Permaculture considers every single aspect of the world around us, from the home, extending into the garden and beyond.
You will see how this is applied in some small way in the video.
These are the pears in one of the orchards this morning, continuing to develop. Good rainfall has helped enormously and the days are healthily damp!
The No-Dig Method of Growing.
It is possible for one woman as myself to look after 3 acres of poor land and make it productive, using the No-Dig method which is in itself an integral part of Permaculture.
Making compost…the most important work you can undertake in the garden, for whatever you don’t want growing will be turned into this rich food for all you want to encourage. Start a compost heap today, don’t wait! I practise the cold-composting method, which is the easiest one to do…just heap it up!
These were planted onto a thin layer of cardboard that was placed directly onto grass. However, you could dispense with the cardboard, as I have done in the past and it works perfectly well! Used straw from the hen run is spread on the top.
As the potatoes push up compost is added on a weekly basis…I have 4 huge compost heaps, so no shortage of good organic food!
Animals and Bedding
I keep 4 hens. Their bedding is barley straw. This is changed often and regularly, giving the garden a continual supply of nitrogen impregnated mulch and fertilizer. I also spread generous amounts of barley straw around their outdoor runs as they love to scratch and I continue to collect the used straw. It’s a good method and works very well for me!
Mulch to Grow, Mulch not to Grow!
Srtaw is placed on the top of cardboard as a way of excluding growth and preparing the ground for the following year. This can also be planted into and is super for trailing plants such as pumpkins!
This is National Compost Awareness Week and I’m planting potatoes today, so, decided to break into one of the four compost heaps I started last year.
This compost is still quite bulky, but is perfect for potato planting and covering. It’s packed with goodness!
The method I use for composting is a simple one called Cold Composting…that means just stacking it and topping it up, no turning and eventually thatching it.
This protects it from the worst of the elements!
This is planting potatoes the permaculture way…
First I lay cardboard on the ground.
Spread compost on the top, followed by the spuds, then more compost!
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