In early spring 2016 I started working on the second part of the garden – the small food forest area. The space I have available is not very lucrative. It’s facing north and is located next to a larger road and it only receives partial sun. In addition, the ground is full of stones and there are several larger trees in the area, creating shade. I don’t know if this will work, but I’m giving it a try.
To succeed in the vegetable garden, it can be wise to know a bit about which plants will thrive together and which once don’t. Some plants will grow less and produce less when planted next to specific plant families. If the same plants are placed next to beneficial plants, they will grow better and produce a larger crop.
I am struggling with mulching in my garden at the moment. Mulching is such a simple concept, yet there are quite complicated processes behind it. As I am just starting my garden, my main problem is finding material to mulch with. I am not in a position to use the material that I think would work best, I have to use what I can come by.
Here is a short update on the permaculture garden after the first winter. It seems like almost everything has survived – including the bishop’s weed! My improvised fence fell down, but it didn’t take long to fix it. I’ve added some new elements and continue working where I left it in the fall. We have had a cold and long spring, only at the beginning of May the weather warmed up a bit.