Joe Proto wrote:I have been out of town for a few days but want to keep the conversation going. Everyone's ideas and feedback have been great and have served to shape the direction of the idea of Lego-izing polyculture. There seems to be a few different directions that this post is moving towards.
One direction is for a simple infographic similar to the USDA "Plant Hardiness Zone" map.
Another solution suggested is the method that James Colbert put forth with creating a seed mix comprised of at least 3 different plants from each of the 4 categories listed below. The mixes would be tailored for dry, temperate and cold environments:
Pest Management (Insect attracters/repelers)
Soil conditioners (looseners/nutrient minners)
And lastly a solution which is highly data driven and dependent on a extensive relational database to allow a user to input specifics about their plot and output a complete planting plan.
In my opinion all these possible solutions are equally valid and its great to see the creativity that everyone has put into this post. I think we should start small and branch out. Crawl, walk, run.
I really like the idea of combining James's 4 category method with a simple to use infographic and I will work towards this. I believe that I can create a map of the US shaded similar to the Plant Hardiness Zone map to denote dry, temperate and cold environments and then provide a list of appropriate seed mixes for that climate.
@James Colbert: James would you be willing to create the necessary prototype seed mixes for dry and cold climates? We already have the very detailed one you submitted for temperate climates.
As always please continue to post your great ideas and feedback as I think that collectively we can create something useful and wonderful.
Tim Southwell wrote:Just an fyi, Cloud 9 farms in Montana has a custom made Polyculture seed mix with perennials, annuals, nitrogen fixers, cold hardy, natives, etc. I can send list if interested, but understand they will be posting to Permies in the next week. I plan to use the mix to modify my pastures which have monoculture hay grass for decades.
James Colbert wrote:As promised, a general seed mix intended to work in most climates:
Helianthus Tuberosus (sunchoke)
Landino White Clover
Pea (Pisum Arvtiuse)
Siberian Pea Shrub
This is intended to be a living mix, so species should be added or subtracted based on conditions. This is just a basic template that should produce good results in most places.