Tony Gurnoe wrote:The master gardeners here are a UC program but unfortunately you'll be lucky to find one who knows what the word permaculture means.
Leila Rich wrote:
Canopy covers the whole yard you say? So the entire 'lawn' has a tree shading it? Sounds like a great opportunity to ditch the grass, mulch the entire area and put in shade/dry tolerant plants! It can look really good. I'm a big advocate of getting rid of impractical lawns, so I'm biased...
I find comfrey, spring bulbs, alliums, columbine, calendula, clover and lots of other things do well under trees in my climate.
Allan Babb wrote:
While I'm not in california, I am a Master Gardener. Several of us know about permaculture in my area. Just figure I'd let you know that not everyone is in the dark =p
Patty Aguayo wrote:
Just curious, does your knowledge about permaculture change any of the advice you normally give as an MG? I'm just curious about that ...
I consulted with the local MG hotline and received a long email with advice to care for the tree -- trimming, horticultural oil, setting up a drip irrigation or soaker hose system, water it for several hours every month. Invite predators, set up a bird bath. Set up plants that attract the scale/aphids predators. I wonder if that's along the lines of permaculture too?
Allan Babb wrote: the better I can do my job), which is really a stealth permaculture project of using the soil to store water and to increase the organic matter in the soil.