Permaculture party

A pleasure and a blessing

Growing out of chaos

I’ve been so looking forward to today: an opportunity to visit a farm where permaculture is practised. What I hadn’t expected was for it to be a full day out – and such an entertaining one at that!

When we arrived, there were already a few other people there, getting to work on replanting strawberry runners. These were actually in a more traditional-looking field, which was covered in a special plastic mat to suppress weeds. Holes had been made in it with a blow-torch, in which individual plants, or in this case strawberry runners, could be planted. Unused holes were covered with pieces of carpet (mostly pre-loved doormats) weighed down with stones to stop weeds getting in.

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Whilst being shown round the forest garden later on, I learned that strawberries had been used initially as a means of covering the ground while fruit trees and other plants had been getting…

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