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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEA curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Gardening.

Understanding how polycultures work is a vital element to permaculture. What plants can coexist and which will actively benefit from one another’s presence is an essential aspect of large scale permaculture works. Even within the small system of an apartment, it is possible to gain direct experience with polyculture growing.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
In a large pot, you must construct a potted polyculture. There must be at least a minimum of 5 plants among 3 species.
No plastic, cement, porous terracotta, or styrofoam pots may be used.
You must have drain holes and an overflow dish that water can be seen without lifting the pot.
The pot must be grown for at least 1 month without any of the plants dying.





To document and become certified for this BB provide photos or video (less than 2 minutes) showing the following:
- Describe how the plants you chose are suited to the same growing conditions and explain any unexpected interactions that may have happened among the plantings.
- Show the pot, soil, and the plants prior to potting
- Show the freshly potted plants, already watered in
- Show growth after at least 1 month of growing.
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I wanted plants for my desk at work. I'm near but not right next to a window, so I needed plants that tolerated lower light conditions. After googling the species I already had growing at home, I determined that ferns, spider plant, and pothos fit the bill. When planted together, they seem to do very well together.
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The three plants, pot, and soil prior to working.
The three plants, pot, and soil prior to working.
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After dividing my plants, I chose these 2 kangaroo paw ferns, 1 spider plant, and 2 pothos
After dividing my plants, I chose these 2 kangaroo paw ferns, 1 spider plant, and 2 pothos
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All planted together and watered in
All planted together and watered in
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Happy plants after a month on my desk at work
Happy plants after a month on my desk at work
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My poly culture - main plant artichoke summer blooming, nitrogen adding snow peas summer blooming, early blooming crocus & tulip , late blooming autumn joy & naked Lady. I'm trying to encourage pollinators by having "year round" food available.
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Laying in dirt and compost
Laying in dirt and compost
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Artichoke and pea already planted adding bulbs
Artichoke and pea already planted adding bulbs
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Adding autumn joy and naked Lady and some deer fertile contribution
Adding autumn joy and naked Lady and some deer fertile contribution
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Rain water for continued growth
Rain water for continued growth
 
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