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Understanding Permaculture

posted Nov 28, 2016, 1:51 PM by Jessica Potter-Bowers
Here at Two Sisters we try our best to be stewards of our land. Part of our approach includes using the principles of permaculture. Permaculture is an agricultural approach that is intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient ("permanent agriculture"). It works with nature to solve problems in ways that minimize effort and maximize yield. 

Here are a few examples:

Deer grazing in your garden and eating your food? Put in a natural berry boundary - perhaps some naturalized wineberries for the deer to eat. They are also tall and thorny, thereby preventing the deer from entering your garden bed.

Too much water at the downhill section of your garden and not enough up top? Install plants with deep roots at the top so they can reach down low, and some water-hungry plants at the bottom.

Want to manage pests naturally? Try companion planting and intercropping. Instead of planting a row of tomatoes, a row of corn, and a row of carrots, mix them together to confuse the bugs. Some plants actually benefit from being grown near each other, like tomato and basil, onions and carrots, and the Three Sisters: beans, corn and squash.

Check out the 12 Permaculture Design Principles here and think about how you might incorporate them into your garden.