Thursday 5 July 2018

Garden Wildlife, Fruit and Veggie boxes and Eudamonia, a new garden. Week 12 - The Polyculture Project

It's that time of year when everywhere you look there is something delicious to eat in the gardens and despite the fact that we have had one of the wettest Junes I can remember the vegetables and herbs, fruits and nuts and garden wildlife residents are all doing well!     

But first just to let you know we've revamped our Online Store where you can find Forest Garden/ Permaculture Plants, Seeds, Cuttings, Bulbs, Rhizomes and Polyculture Multi-packs along with digital goods and services such as Online Courses, Webinars, eBooks, and Online Consultancy and finally we've added a Bulk Fruit and Nut Tree order form for Farms, Orchards, Nurseries, and Large Regenerative Landscape Projects. If there is anything in the store you would like to see but is not there, please let us know. We hope you enjoy the store and find something you like :) It's your purchases that keep our Project going. Thank you. Enter Our Store Here

Plants, Seeds, eBooks, Consultancy, Bulk Fruit and Nut Tree Orders for Permaculture, Polyculture, Forest Gardens and Regenerative Landscapes.

Market Garden

The Biomass Belt About 2 yrs ago I wrote a blog about our biomass belt. The biomass belt is intended to be a closed system, perennial polyculture dedicated to growing mulch and fertilizer for annual and perennial crops. The polyculture is composed of mineral accumulating comfrey in raised beds, nitrogen fixing ground cover sown into pathways and a nitrogen fixing hedgerow. For a detailed look at this polyculture click on the image below.

The Biomass Belt 

It's establishing very well in the market garden although we have made some changes to the initial design excluding Cytisus scoparius and introducing Miscanthus x giganteus - Giant Miscanthus which is a temporary addition until the shrubs mature . With biannual trimming of the shrubs I expect a dense hedge approx 1.5 m tall to have formed by 2020,  just in time for the imminent apocalypse :)   

Wildlife In the Gardens 

Dylan recording a Grass Snake - Natrix natrix in the market garden.

Bombus sp. feeding from Melilotus albus, also known as honey clover, Bokhara clover, sweet clover, white melilot, and white sweetclover, a nitrogen-fixing legume. 

The nine-spotted moth or yellow belted burnet - Amata phegea, formerly Syntomis phegea 

Here's a short video by Dylan of some more wildlife in the gardens 

Our Fruit and Veggie boxes are going out again with all produce fresh from our gardens. Singles, Couples and Family boxes available.

If you would like to make an order you can find details on the website here. Here's some of what went into this week's boxes fresh from the gradina :)  

Forest Garden

Hazelnut cultivar 'Rimski' planted 2 years ago is fruiting very well this year and looks to be the best performing cultivar from our selection. We're offering Hazel from our bio nursery this year see here for cultivars and prices. Deliveries begin in December. 

Walnuts are looking great this year. The extremely wet June may encourage Walnut Blight  a bacterium Xanthomonas arboricola pv juglandis, but so far all is well

Mowing under the Walnut after the June rains not only reduces water competition during high summer but makes it much easier to collect the nuts in late September. We may have to mow again before the nuts begin to fall. 

A New Polyculture Garden coming soon. 

We started our initial observations for a new garden we will be building in the coming months. Special thanks to Fergus Webster who made a very generous donation of to our polyculture project campaign that will facilitate the building of our new garden. Fergus has named the new garden Eudamonia in keeping with our classical Greek theme of garden names.

This is the plot highlighted on google earth. The plot is 1013m2 (1/4 acre) on a mild south facing slope, very well protected from the prevailing winds to NE and NW and can be irrigated via gravity from the river approx 1 km away and has good access.      

Our goal with this garden is to provide a low maintenance model that provides a succession of nectar and pollen forage to bees and other pollinators throughout the seasons, and a crop of Hazel and Sweet Chestnut to the south of the plot. More details of the plot design will follow. 

Angela , Emilce and Daniel on the plot making a preliminary summer survey of the flora and fauna and noting general observations.

Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus (I think)  

Emilce spotted this wild Hollyhock - Alcea rosea, great to see this plant in the wild a much smaller plant than the garden cultivars but seemingly larger flowers

A closer look at the flower and  you see a crab spider - Tomisidae. These spiders don't build webs to catch their prey. Instead, they rely on camouflage and ambush and lie in wait for unsuspecting flies and bees that visit the flower for pollen/nectar.

Field Cricket on Althaea cannabina commonly called palm-leaf marshmallow or hemp-leaved hollyhock. Thank you Flori for the identification :)

Globe Thistle - Echinops sp.-  Asteraceae. These plants are always very welcome in our gardens not only for the valuable forage they provide to a host of beneficial insects but as some of the most beautiful plants on the planet imho. 


Regenerative Landscape Design - Online Interactive Course 

Want to learn how to design, build and manage regenerative landscapes?  Join us for our Regenerative Landscape Design - Online Interactive Course from May 1st to Sep 13th, 2023. 

We're super excited about running the course and look forward to providing you with the confidence, inspiration, and opportunity to design, build and manage regenerative landscapes, gardens, and farms that produce food and other resources for humans while enhancing biodiversity.

Regenerative Landscape Design Online Course

You can find out all about the course here and right now we have a 20% discount on the full enrollment fees. Just use the promo code
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We are looking forward to providing you with this unique online learning experience - as far as we know, the very first of its kind. If you are thinking of reasons why you should do this course and whether this course is suitable for you, take a look here where we lay it all out. Looking forward to it!


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