Intro to Permaculture

I spend a very interesting couple of hours this morning at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library which is located just off New Garden Road and Hobbs Road.

I enjoyed a lecture by Charlie Headington. He included slides showing the development of his yard in a downtown neighborhood into an "edible landscape". He talked about how worms are our friends because they can til the soil for us - saving many hours of labor . Permaculture gardening is low maintnance because less time is spent weeding, watering and fighting insects. After the presentation he answered some questions about such things as bugs, frogs, snakes and weeds in a man-made organic garden that imitates and inhances natural ecosystems. He decribed with pictures and words how to design a friendly low-maintenance edible landscape in a small space. And even how to build an inexpensive backyard pond. Look at www.earthmatters.info. for a photo of one of his backyard ponds and other interesting info.

3 comments:

Laurie said...

Hi Diane!
Charlie influenced me to use permaculture in creating my backyard garden. I am writing about it, and other things, in my blog slowlysheturned.blogspot.com. The no-till method he uses really does cut way down on labor and I've produced a lot in my garden already with no chemicals.

Slow Food Piedmont Triad just began a blog. Check it out at slowfoodpt.blogspot.com.

diane said...

Hey Laurie,
My husband, Lowell, shopped for us at the Greensboro Farmers Market yesterday while I was attending the permaculture session. He was a little disappointed at the lack of a good selection of tomatoes. We love good summer tomatoes, but our plants are still in the blooming stage. I can hardly wait to taste the first of our own ripe tomatoes each year.

There are usually some good hot house tomatoes at the market, but for the last two weeks we haven't gotten any good tasting ones. Although we did get a wonderfully tasty head of iceburg lettuce last week and some good summer squash and spring onions.

I enjoyed reading the slowfood blog, but have not looked at slowlysheturned, yet.

See ya,
diane

diane said...

Hey Laurie,
My husband, Lowell, shopped for us at the Greensboro Farmers Market yesterday while I was attending the permaculture session. He was a little disappointed at the lack of a good selection of tomatoes. We love good summer tomatoes, but our plants are still in the blooming stage. I can hardly wait to taste the first of our own ripe tomatoes each year.

There are usually some good hot house tomatoes at the market, but for the last two weeks we haven't gotten any good tasting ones. Although we did get a wonderfully tasty head of iceburg lettuce last week and some good summer squash and spring onions.

I enjoyed reading the slowfood blog, but have not looked at slowlysheturned, yet.

See ya,
diane