Anne Miller wrote:Tim, have you tried growing plants that are native to Australia?
Tim Kivi wrote:Anyone else resorted to planting weeds for some signs of life when all your other efforts have failed?
My front yard’s a barren dirt patch and for myriad reasons the normal permie options to improve it aren’t available to me. Grape vines, fruit trees, vegetables, all died pretty quickly.
I was a student of Bill Mollison Father of Permaculture in Australia. One of the things that always stuck with me was his trying to get through to people to not obsess over "neat" when practicing permaculture, rather try working with nature, and nature at it's most productive is messy. We certainly do get more pollinators and less pest problems if we 'mix' rather than 'match' our plantings. I also find that the best, strongest plants are the self-seeders, - the ones I want to save and swap seed from.