We do a fair amount of landscaping focusing on a specific problem such as erosion, pollinator gardens or stormwater management. But...
Permaculture is our passion!
Permaculture is an ethics-based design science rooted in observation of natural ecosystems and mimicking those in productive landscapes. Food forests and diverse backyard orchards are a big part of that, while also offering opportunities for stormwater management, pollinator habitat and valuing and protecting resources, like topsoil and water.
|Mixed orchard with productive & beneficial understory
|A lot of wood chips were spread,
many hands make light work
|Young Hazel and Aronia hedge
behind the pollinator garden loop
|River birch, dogwoods and grasses
|Before - wet
|"Dash Cam" screenshot
|Standing water, potted plants waiting to go in
|Before - struggling grass
We added in native understory plantings like columbine, woodland phlox and ferns, as well as some raspberries and blackberries. A wood chip nature path provides access and recreation.
|From the orchard into "the woods" on the mulch path
I am excited to share more projects, including permaculture inspired yards from this season, in upcoming posts!
For now, I'll leave you an image from a past presentation with Bill Mollison's definition of Permaculture. Bill Mollison is the co-founder, along with David Holmgren, of the Permaculture movement.