Permaculture Meeting 7 August

Permaculture Meeting 7 August

The August meeting of the Permaculture group was held in Horncastle. We started in Laura’s garden & moved onto Jennifer & David’s. These two gardens provided a new challenge – how to best use a small part of a not very big garden for growing food. Laura wanted to use the space next to her house and a narrow strip beside the east fence & path in her south facing back garden leaving the grass free for the children to play. Deano’s suggested solution was to go vertical using the house wall and the fence for vines or fruit trees. He reminded us to look for more than one output where possible and suggested trellis fencing between the growing areas and play area would provide more vertical growing areas and protect plants from ball games. The front garden could also be used and here going vertical would lessen the problem  caused by visiting cats.

In Jennifer & David’s garden vegetable growing is mainly confined to one raised bed with a few gooseberry & currant bushes spread around the rest of the garden. One of the problem’s here is wind another is that the garden was started from a building site 3 years ago and the soil still needs improving. Deano suggested replacing some of the cotton lavender windbreak with an evergreen variety of elaeagnus. This bush has edible berries and increases the nitrogen in the soil.  It could also be planted between some of the other fruit bushes. Again more food could be achieved by growing climbers like beans up the crab apple tree and the west fencing. Over a pot luck lunch in the garden we heard of Deano’s battle to protect a new hive of bees from wasps, learning about the habits of both and the types of flowers to plant to encourage bees into our own gardens.

The group meets monthly, on the morning of the first Saturday of each month.  If you would like to join please email Deano on deanom@madasafish.com