Win a copy of Permaculture Design Companion this week in the Permaculture Design forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Start with a year's observation

 
Posts: 7
Location: Oklahoma City
forest garden urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The road to a healthy yard begins with at least a year of careful observation and note taking. Where does the sun shine and where is it shady in the various seasons of the year. Are there micro climates? What is presently growing there? What is the history? Any chemicals used on the property -- herbicides, pesticides, insecticides (especially chlordane which was once popular against termites and contaminates a lot of urban properties)? What about lead in the soil from lead based paint and the days of yore when lead was an ingredient in gasoline?

Resist the temptation to start doing a bunch of unconnected stuff. If there are serious issues, like erosion in process, go ahead and take some action like putting down mulch or creating some check dams or planting something to hold onto the soil, but generally, action without observation often turns out to be counterproductive. It's not possible to grow a healthy yard in a "fit of passion" or "one quick season of work." As you observe, evaluate your observations and think about your goals, needs, and wants with this yard. Then you make a plan and begin to implement it -- Observe, Study, Evaluate, Design, Implement (OSEDI is the acronym).

Bob Waldrop
http://www.ipermie.net How to permaculture your urban lifestyle
 
Everybody's invited. Even this tiny ad:
Heat your home with the twigs that naturally fall of the trees in your yard
http://woodheat.net
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!