In this episode from the University of Earth we visit a wonderful vegetable and botanical farmer who has been growing an excellent array of vegetables in his very own permaculture grounds. A previous worker for John Turner, this farmer has detailed knowledge on how plants and vegetable are growing and what soil he uses.
The Permaculture garden is a lot more than an organic garden. Intelligent design uses free, sustainable energies and resources. It is energy-wise and collaborative to minimise the impact of a site on the surrounding environment. A good design has great potential. It can connect neighbours. The biggest Permaculture site in the world, The Chikukwa Project, has helped whole community.
We learn about different types of organic soil and matter to use for certain types f plants and veg. We hear about the use of sawdust even to stimulate growth but the farmer tells us anything dry usually works. We hear about the wonderful work that’s being done in townships and how the passing down of knowledge is really helping them to become more self-sufficient. Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment. When garden soil is in good shape there is less need for fertilizers or pesticides.
We also learn about how you can arrange your plants in the garden to absorb maximum amounts of light. Dry or liquid fertilizer can add nutrients to the soil that might not get there any other way. Organic garden fertilizers work a little slower than their synthetic counterparts, but they release their nutrients over a longer time frame. Additionally synthetic fertilizers are bad for the environment and can make the soil worse in the long run as beneficial microorganisms are killed off.
By Alex Mitchison