Hugo Morvan

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I am a carpenter/mason/gardener etc, living in France, Morvan. Have small garden with about 200 different plantspecies a small natural pond, wild fish. Every year i learn to use more of my own produce, cooking it, potting it up. As well as medicinal herbs/balms. Try to be as self sufficient as financially possible without getting into debt. Spreading the perma culture life style and mind set, which is the only sustainable path forward on this potentially heaven of a planet we are currently ravaging with our short sighted and detached material world views which lead to depression, loneliness, illness, poverty and madness.
France, Burgundy, parc naturel Morvan
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I tried to look at it in a positive light as well, you know, like hey it's great mulch, then i noticed that in summer spiders really like to make webs in the small spaces in between bindweed and the host plants, i thought, you see, there is a positive angle here, it creates a niche for spiders to catch insects. Until i noticed it also functions as a serious water trap attracting mildew and sorts. I haven't managed to eradicate it, but i would if i could. By pulling it whenever i pass and never letting it get to seed, which is easy , the flowers are very  visible pink/white in my case. 5-6 years on, it still pops up yearly in small isolated pockets in places where it's not densely planted. Maybe i'm lucky, maybe the white type  is more agressive but it's no big deal any more for where i am. I really like William's chicken idea, they could really dent it without too much effort.
Young green leaves are nice in salads and edible flowers look nice and tasty
6 days ago
Fear. Fear of the collapse of the food chain, biodiversity extinction like never before, societal collapse, war, desertification, soil erosion, ocean depletion, what hopeless mess we made of this planet and increasingly doing so.
Love. Love of the miracle of nature , the endless finesse in the small and the enormous, it's perfection , love for the future we can have in harmony with nature the promise of endless spiritual growth when we get there. Love of the joy and wonder an unexpected flower or rare insect can bring while working hard, the love of accomplishing the growth of one of the most essential things, we tend to overlook: food, healthy food while increasing the soil fertility and local biodiversity, pulling people in, showing them we're not powerless. Love of the simplicity and strength permaculture methods encompass. Love for the chance we all have to give it our best shot to avoid all i fear when implied en masse.
The hardest part about it for me is that i'm unsure of putting all this time and effort in in vain while the large majority of sleeple just keeping lounging about, flying all over the place, making tons of money, patting each other on the back, doing everything God forbade and consuming it's paradise and wondering why the heck i don't just join them in their nihilistic orgy of limitless consumption and superficial serotoniine jacuzzi hot tub disney world.
6 days ago
Ok so no local clovertype can resist the summer heat, how about importing an African one? Spain is already importing the African climate, so why not take the appropriate flora as well? Anything goes to reverse desertification i guess. If us rich resourcerich educated folk can't manage this, how can we expect the poor to do it?
I guess people from Texas should chime in as well, they have some similar climate going on if i understood correctly.
Do you know Tony Rinaudo, he reforested Niger by FMNR?
One thing i know of that will survive that drought is Turkish Rocket, they say it can have an 8 meter root, it stays green during the most extreme droughts, so they say. My two that grew out of the package last year are doing fine and flowering now, i might send you some seeds if you fancy? Although read up, they seeds prolific apparently..
I agree with Mandy on Comfrey, the deep rooting kinds of the Bocking kinds will survive, someone will have a heat resistant strain down there where you are, they're easy to propagate from the rootsystem as well. People say they get 200 out of one adult plant. I manage about 20, but other people just seem to be better than i am all the time.LOL
1 week ago
Love Andalucia and Andalucian people, very generous! Huge natural park , beautiful! On the picture of the tall grass on the arm on your website, are those yellow flowers a local variety of Lotus corniculatus? A clover variety, that would be a good start i'd say. Get a local clover variety, grow it on a destignated plot, and harvest those seeds then throw them around in cold season. Maybe thistles break the hard soils up a bit with their deep tap roots as well, after rotting they make it easier for other plants to enter deeper into the soils. What nitrogen fixing shrubs are occuring naturally? Maybe try establishing Siberian Pea Shrub, it holds out here in France, or Robinia Pseudo Acacia. Those leaves could maybe serve as pig fodder, do i know? No, cause i know nothing of pigs. But i know you can get animals slowly used to eat what you have. And otherwise you got great stuff to chop and drop and build the soils that way, or get into goats to mulch on it if it has to be an animal that reduces the shrubs. There is something going on about goats on Permies now. Sorry no specific advice, just general plant stuff you already knew , hope someone else willing to help who knows specific info, good luck, buena suerte!
1 week ago
Here is my solution, just let them fight it out. There's Tansy in between horehound and Eberraute (german) , Southernwood, lad's love, Old man. I hardly ever water this patch, because it's so full of plants, sun can't reach the soil. There's physalis as well, don't get that either, it's Chinese lampionplant, it's bothersom.
Look into thyme and Calendula, they're great, medicinally as well...
Hi Marta, gutentag, nice set up! Walls look great! I got Tansy and other things you mentioned. Tansy is great, it does spreads outwards, i was worried mine wouldn't get bigger the first two years, but it did and now it's six times the size. It's standing next to another plant that spreads, don't laugh it's called black horehound, which is very common, but attracts so many of the smaller cute flying insects from august till late autumn i wouldn't want to get rid of it. They keep each other in check. Or i dig some out to put on the compost with my hori hori, or i keep cutting it and using it as a mulch. Which keeps the earth much wetter, saving watering and enriching my soil biomes. Millefolium spreads through seeds as well, i'm less happy with that, as well it grows agressively through rootstocks, it's work to keep in check.
I can't really say if it repels insects and plagues really, but all this biodiversity in plant life in general does attract biodiversity in insect life, and many a time, i noticed in my garden a newcomer arrived that keeps some kind of "pest" in check. The bio diversity in insect life makes that a biodiversity of birds come into my garden, dropping manure all over my garden, making my plants grow, when i keep them in check it's feeding my compost piles, leading to easier gardening.
I had a very bad infestation of aphids on my peach trees, when the frost had killed of all my blossom. It was horrendous. I didn't notice until the flies started buzzing every time i passed there. They were there because the ants had been moving aphids like cattle, creating a ant paradise, sugar droppings every where. It was able to get this bad, i reckon because there was no fruit that year, leading to a boost in fresh green shoots. Anyway, i decided not to care, because i had other stuff to do and don't want to be busy with aphids. So i observed and noticed first huge flocks of ladybugs arriving, then they ate the aphids, but it was too big of an ifestation, they couldn't get it under control, the parasitic wasps came and laid eggs inside the aphids, horrendous, but that's nature, it was full of these, then some other aphid eater came to flourish.
Next year, no frost, no aphids, record peach year.
I noticed these aphid eaters have found a place to survive in my garden, somehow, thanks to my biodiversity, i got more than 200 plant species in my small garden and thanks to not cleaning everything like it should be humanwise, i got piles of stuff rotting away here and there.
I hope this answer helps you a bit.
Wow Scott! Amazing result, i've never tried air layering before, but will give it a shot if one of my hazel cuttings get established. It is a quicker way to increase your hazel stock because you probably could air layer these again somewhere in the next year while i would have to wait four years before i can get cuttings. Exponential growth is easier with air layering. When did you air layer them?
Things are changing at my hazelcuttings, some are doing good, some have given up. The ones that are doing good are a lot thicker than a pencil, 13 mm or half an inch. I've pulled out some dead ones and was surprised some had formed a tiny root. So i am hopeful the fatter ones will root over the summer in the shade.