Permaculture gardening – part 2 of 3

Yesterday I introduced you to a garden that had been designed and created along permaculture lines. To help their garden’s health, E&S set up a worm farm. They used an old bath and built a holding support.

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I appreciated the multiple purposes this construction could have – for example, potting table, outdoor seat, food table for outdoor gatherings. The ‘table’ top is hinged and lifts up.

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Once the lid was raised we could see the minced vegetable scraps being devoured beneath a layer of protective cardboard. A bucket underneath the bath collected the liquid ‘gold’ for use as a fertiliser across the garden.

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Dotted around the garden are white lids; these are the top of inground bins where more kitchen scraps are added and worms chomp away happily – their nutritious excrement flowing into the ground beneath.

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Elsewhere a chicken coop stands proudly in the last stages of construction while a ‘run’ for the chooks around the garden edges is yet to be netted in.

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I walked around and puzzled over where the door was. There did not seem to be one and that made no sense to me. Then S undid a latch and a whole wall swung back.

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Super impressive!

The chicken run will extend around two sides of the property starting behind the coop.

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It will finish in a large open area yet to be netted.

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The scale and placement of this coop and run should produce healthy happy chooks; in turn they should lay superb eggs.

Tomorrow, a description of their embryo food forest awaits you.

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