Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Permaculture Project Milwaukee

This past weekend the weather was anything but perfect but it was the best forecast for any of days preceeding it or following it, so we committed to putting the permaculture project into place. First, an explanation on the meaning of permaculture. Most people associate the term garden with rows that they grow food on. However, that is not the way a normal ecosystem would grow so permaculture incorporates random and circular planting as well as pairing plants together that support each other. The definition of permaculture is "The development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient." Since I'm all about self-sufficiency, permaculture is truly the way to go.

The day began at 10:00 am in the morning with the arrival of volunteers from the Victory Garden Initiative. Young, enthusiastic and energetic, they dove in with shovels to create a spiral design with paths that led to a large circular herb spiral. We heaped rotting wood debris atop composting material in the center which will be where we will be planting our herbs. Each pie shaped piece leading into the herb spiral will feature a variety of edibles and medicinal plants. After creating the permaculture shape, it was time to plant a few of the medicinals which included comfrey, mullein, st. john's wort, bee balm, lavender, and feverfew to name a few. I'll also try to coax plantain and yarrow into the design as these are two of my favorite medicinals. I make healing salves so the medicinals are an important piece of my business.

It was a lot of work but I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it! Thank you Victory Garden Initiative!!!!!

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