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Permaculture, also known as permanent or regenerative, is the process of growing food and other plants in a way that resembles the natural cycles of the mother. It also supports the whole ecosystem. The more you cultivate this garden, the more productive you will be and the more fruitful you will be in the harvest. Next, everything you need to know about farming, including how to apply the method in your own yard.
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Each part of your garden should support the other.
If you want to employ permaculture practices in your garden, start by looking at what you have, says Grace Cavanaar, founder and general manager of Success Foundation and Hope Farms. Next, she said, “Work with nature,” to plan – make sure every part of your garden is in every step of the way, from sowing or planting to gardening. “It is a learning curve to avoid expeditious chemical treatments, such as weeds and pests,” she said. But by learning how to apply gardening techniques, a gardener is treating the source of the problem rather than the symptoms of long-lasting effects.
Enrich your soil naturally.
Healthy soil produces healthy plants, explains cavities, and is more resistant to pests, pests and harmful fungi. “We always start with soil and water,” she says, adding that the soil can be clay, sandy, or crooked in nature. We add compost to enrich the soil and make regular fertilizer tea. But our soil is heavy clay, so we rotate many cover crops, such as cows, which are returned to the soil or root crops, which, like wasps, allow us to easily decompose. According to Cavner, these additions are a natural way to improve your soil by adding heavy clay and nitrogen.
Choose plants strategically – then leave them alone.
Cavnar uses adhesive planting to reduce pests. For example, she wraps her squash in nasturtium, bourgeois marigolds, cosmos, or sweet alyssum. They act like live straw and attract pollen and useful predators (radish, squash can be avoided), she says. “When a plant goes its way, we cut it down, but we leave the soil to feed more,” she says. You can only plant your new crop around it.
No quick fixes.
According to Cavanaar, there is only one real downside to using permaculture in your area – there are no quick fixes because you need to keep nature going. Another issue? Since most gardeners do not practice the technique, expect to go it alone. “Nowadays, it is challenging to find landscaping professionals who can understand these techniques,” he said.