There are several places out here that operate as a *seed bank* for old fashioned varieties of vegetable seeds. We are losing diversity because the consumer wants *seedless* fruits [how does that work?] & the farmer wants disease free varities. The problem of course is that all varieties then weaken over time.We have a very small growing space ~ maybe 12X12 feet with a Poinsiana tree growing in the middle of it ~ yet our corn is carrying 6 ears per stalk, our tomatoes are collapsing under their own weight, we are picking beans every day, drowning in cucumbers, & pick lettuce & silverbeet every day.The old self~sufficiency ways where each household provided for itself really does work with a little TLC.I would like to have a chook run again for the eggs. Should we lay the blame for the move away from the home garden at the feet of feminism as no~one is then home to do the necessary sustaining of children, gardens, chook runs et al? I know that my boy & I have to divide the work between us to make sure it gets done because he works & I run around so much with the girl but permaculture methods really do cut out a lot of the downright slog. This year he put in a watering system that doesn't require more that someone ocassionally turning it on, then remembering to turn it off. Even hubby can do that if required. ☺If we don't do something on a far wider scale I am afraid we will destroy ourselves. History! Did we learn nothing from the Irish potato famine? I could go on....&on...&....but I won't. I'm sure you know it all.
That's really interesting, Ganeida. Your veg patch sounds like something to be proud of!Yes, I feel that rediscovering our houses as homes would address many areas of stress and disaffection in our personal and community life.I am curious about permaculture methods, and we read about them in our family - but the imperative of weeding was instilled too deeply in the Badger and me at too young an age! We get this urge to dig everything over . . .Since we moved in to this house a couple of years ago, we've mainly worked to change the garden from purely ornamental planting to productive planting. We have several fruit trees now, raspberries and strawberries establishing, quite a lot of herbs, and we're doubling our veggie plot next spring.
Your garden will need to be dug ~ but once dug over & planted a covering of mulch [we use cattle cane which is cheap as chips but hay or straw or anything like that] over the ground & around the plants then stops weeds from sprouting, keeps moisture in & establishes a constant ground temp. Also you just plant your veg in amongst what you already grow; no special gardens just for the veg. It works beautifully. We've done it for years ~ more sucessfully some years than others, because I'm not the most practical person in the house. This year the boy & I did it as a joint venture & it has worked remarkably well. He is practical! ☺
Sounds good! x
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