Once the structure has collapsed, you will have a beautiful mound to start a 3 Sisters planting.
(Or a wheel barrow full of great compost to use elsewhere.)
I like it as a great way to utilize limited space.
If you add a few each year, by the time you get back to where you started, your yard will be knee deep in beautiful tilth.
I think that I may use that idea (even where space is not a problem.
It will create pockets of abundance.
The one in the bottom image that is made from planks versus logs is a great example for those people who have access to pallets, but not logs (or whose logs are all destined for the wood stove). I could imagine that built in a triangle, with one point facing due north. One side would capture the morning sun, one the afternoon sun, while the third leg took the full brunt of noon day sun. Depending on one's climate, each side could be planted to maximize the habits of the plants selected.
John Elliott wrote:I like it! If my trellises keep getting knocked down by the winds, I think I will switch to this design. It looks very stable. How have you anchored it?
This one is just sitting on a couple of feet about 2 feet wide each. So it is freestanding without any anchoring to the ground. It has a bottom part that has more soil in it so it is slightly bottom heavy. I do other designs where I use actual posts in the ground.
Could you give us a quick "how to"? I am not quite following, and I have a major load of logs I need to put to use in a hurry, before the department of making you sad makes me very sad indeed...
Would really appreciate it.
It's interesting. The only issue I see is like pots and planters, it will need a lot of watering in summer. (I've tried potted plants on my hillside stairs but they need watering nearly every day in summer or they dry out on the flowers die.) Now this year I have geraniums in a large pot by the front door. They're planted in potting soil and I added about 3" of small wood chips as mulch. I haven't had to water hardly at all.
To understand permaculture is simply to look at how nature has been growing things for thousands of years. The 'secret' is simply to keep the soil covered with plants or mulch.
perfect idea! and thanks for the extra visuals.....at first in my mind i was wondering how you found all of those hollow logs or if you hollowed them out Our son is accumulating a pile of slabs from his bandsaw mill...might have to hint at a gift in the future. I am thinking strawberries....and maybe just 3 or 4 tiers.
As for watering, they would do fine with a drip system along the top--simple easy on a timer for a backyard garden.
Those would make awesome front yard fence or privacy screen or...
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