Category Archives: Polycultures

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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Review of spring polyculture patch

This bed was started in the spring of 2014.  Originally I just needed somewhere to transplant a number of perennial vegetables from my first bed in this garden (below) which was about to be covered over with an extension to … Continue reading

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Review of ‘The Long Border’

This review of the bed I call ‘The Long Border’ is the second of a number of reviews I am undertaking to assess how the garden is changing and developing.  My previous post on ‘The Triangle Bed’ gives further details … Continue reading

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Time to prune the tiny fruit trees

On or after the solstice is the time to prune fruit trees according the method I am following from Ann Ralph’s ‘Grow a Little Fruit Tree’ book.  So now time like the present – I have been in the garden … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas

Even though it has been unseasonably warm in the UK so far this winter, it is nevertheless a time of rest for the garden (and gardener), so it is lovely to look at pictures from earlier in the year and to … Continue reading

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the garden going it alone …..

It has been a while since I posted regular updates on this blog –  I have been poorly for some months, but am on the mend now.  It has also meant that I have not been able to spend much … Continue reading

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Gold Medal for Permaculture Working with Nature Garden

I have just had the most amazing week! After months of planning, preparation, growing, nurturing, fretting and yet more planning a group of permaculture gardeners from Shropshire (UK) presented a permaculture show garden at the prestigious Shrewsbury Flower Show.  The … Continue reading

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