Hi everyone. The design aspect of permaculture has me a little baffled. Could I get away with putting guilds together in random sun exposed areas of my property? So that it will eventually look like a forest like garden. It seems too tedious and overwhelming to put it all together at once. Ex(pear tree, blackberry bush, comfrey, peas, strawberries)Thanks
Don't feel like you have to rush anything. I have a large conventional ornamental garden to manage and am gradually making small incremental changes to areas of it. More of my fruittrees have got comfrey around them this year than last, after I divided one of last year's plants. I'm planting polycultures (particularly of perennials - berry crops, comfrey, clover, strawberries, fruit trees, globe artichokes etc...) and spreading woodchips to improve soil in key areas.
Over time I've been building up a mental grandplan, but I'm taking it incrementally.
When you get more comfortable with things I suggest reading the Permaculture Designers Manual - it really helped me pull lots of ideas together and come up with a better "big picture" for our land.
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I freaked out when I started understanding permaculture too. I wanted to do it all at once, and I wanted it done five years ago! When I found permies I was wishing someone would just figure it out for me Some years of learning, reading lots of permies.com and observation of my own place in, I've got a comfortable feeling. I know I will never be able to understand everything or do anything perfectly, but I am overjoyed to be able to keep learning. It gets, as my kids used to say, funner and funner. Challenges scare me less.
A few questions:
How much land do you have?
How long do you plan on staying there?
What would you like to produce? (i.e. fruit, nuts, annuals, fertility, beauty, etc.)
What is your budget?
These are just a few considerations.
My two competing ideas are:
-take your time and observe the site and think about what you really want most
-get stuff in the ground ASAP because trees take a while to mature
Both of these are good ideas. A balance between the two is what I'm going with.
“Enough is as good as a feast"
posted 6 years ago
Thanks for your replies. I feel much more assured now that sticking to no more than 2 guilds per year and allowing the process itself to be my teacher is the best course of action for my situation. Again, thanks.
In addition to the suggestions above, I would check into the local zoning codes and if there are any community covenants. You don't want to go planting perennials that don't look like "garden plants" to your neighbors, only to have a complaint filed against you for letting "weeds" grow. There are cases where people are cited for growing food gardens in their front yards.
Kevin EarthSoul (real, legal name)
posted 6 years ago
Yes, trees are definitely going first. Zoning and neighbors are pretty laid back where I live here in north fl. Been at this house for 15yrs with not very much owed to the bank and less than 5yrs to be an empty nest.
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