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Banana Circle: an adaptable design

 
Douglas Crouch
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While the Banana Circle is in the context of the tropics, this technique can be modified for mediterranean areas with tamarillo or temperate places with species like aronia. This ditch and mound system has produced some the best growth i have also ever seen on support species and lower layers like physalis and pepino ducle. in the tropics the banana can be replaced with papaya and all sorts of guilds can take place. However in this article i provide drawings and suggestions for a way to take the design into the field. Its a vastly important design feature as to cycle wastes and grow food abundantly and slow the process of burning or discarding organic material!
https://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com/chapter-10-the-humid-tropics/banana-circle/

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Burra Maluca
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Great to hear from you again Doug, and thanks for sharing your articles here.

Here's one of the images from the article, to give everyone a taste.

 
John Brower
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This is awesome, thank you.
 
Dan Grubbs
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Here was a helpful Facebook posting thread[url=<div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/Regrarians/permalink/385422041644569/" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/groups/Regrarians/permalink/385422041644569/">

For those who have established banana circles, I am wanting to understand if they have a temperate climate analog and...

Posted by Dan Grubbs on Thursday, March 12, 2015</blockquote></div></div>]Banana Circle FB thread[/url] about temperate climate options for banana circles. I'm all over using pawpaw (asimina triloba) and mulberry as the main elements.

 
Dan Grubbs
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Boy, I really screwed up trying to embed a FB post. Sorry admins.
 
Meryt Helmer
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this is the link and it works ok to just follow to the fb page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Regrarians/permalink/385422041644569/
 
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