I’ve had this idea in my head for a while, and wanted to post it here to get some reactions:
An online tool to design (or choose from already designed) plant guilds
The ability to simply order the guild with all the plants and materials necessary to install it (sort of a “Blue Apron” for DIY gardeners, this would tie in to what’s available from local nurseries based on ZIP code)
I came up with this idea because I’ve designed my own cherry tree guild, it took a little research to select plants. But then it was difficult to find the tree and plants from one source. I had to shop around, and most staff people are unfamiliar with permaculture (don’t get the idea of nitrogen fixers etc.) so the whole process was tedious.
I’d also like to install a rain garden in my front yard and I’m facing similar challenges, so the same idea could apply to something like this- select your size rain garden, choose suitable plants that you know are available in your area, order a kit for delivery.
I think a plant guild is often the easiest concept for people new to permaculture to grasp. A grouping of plants that work together to boost health and productivity. It’s also something almost anyone can get started with, in urban or suburban settings. Offering a variety of guilds in an easy to order package could be a great gateway into the bigger world of permaculture.