Category Archives: Polycultures

Garden journal – 6 October 2017

I did some ‘work’ in the garden today.  Not counting minor interventions like taking off dock leaves and flowering stems it was the first time I had done anything since pruning the fruit trees and removing the flowering stems from … Continue reading

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What makes a forest garden?

In July I posted about ‘Les Bois de St Hilaire’, a French campsite I stayed at which provides a wonderful model of the kind of natural woodland that a forest garden is modelled on.  As a follow up and contrast … Continue reading

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Leaving well alone

Another lovely post from Carole, it is a perfect illustration of the need to leave things be, as much as possible! We had a couple of sunny Autumn days lately, and I determined to get out into the garden. The … Continue reading

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Summer time ….

….. and despite the largely cool, cloudy and damp weather the garden is singing to me. We have eaten the offerings of the berry and currant bushes. The tree fruits are ripening on their as yet slender boughs.     … Continue reading

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The ‘Garden Room’ border

In permaculture edges are regarded as valuable spaces, having the properties of the two areas they border.  Most of my growing spaces could be regarded as edges, but in particular those round the house.  All the way round the sides … Continue reading

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Introducing Carole’s Garden

Carole and I have been corresponding for some time now and I love to hear about and see the pictures of how her lovely garden is progressing.  I asked if she would like to write about it for a blog … Continue reading

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Forest gardens are natural systems

From the outset a forest garden is designed as a natural system.  We provide the physical structure – various edible trees, climbers, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and some annuals – to make the best use of the physical space and ensure … Continue reading

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