The permaculture gardens at
The Dirt Rich School
The vegetable garden
Some of the permaculture techniques used in the gardens..
Perimeter fencing- to prevent our free range birds from entering the garden,wild bird manure catchment i.e. phosphorus and vertical growing space.
Micro-swale paths for water catchment with chip wood mulch for weed prevention, and to promote fungi
No till Raised beds– prevents compaction, concentrates nutrient and protects soil structure and micro biology
Overflow ponds – catch excess water, reflect light, and to stabilize heat and humidity
Perennial islands near ponds- to protect beneficials such as toads, snakes and insects
Food forest planting style– layering height and planting timing, nitrogen fixers, plant starts and scattered seeds mixes are integrated.
Complex poly cultures– including annual and perennial fruits, vegetables, weed, herbs and flowers
Foraging harvest style- We only take what we need for that meal taking only the parts of the plant that is needed helps us eat fresh, nutrient dense food and allows the garden time to regenerate.
Culinary and medicinal herbs are an important part of our gardens health and our health as well. These amazing plants heal us and defend us from illness just as they are healing to the soil and confuse pests who might want to munch on our tender vegetables.
The Polenarium is filled with wild and somewhat weedy plants that are known for their nectar and pollen production and are allowed to go through a full bloom and seed cycle for honey and seed production
Mediterranean garden is filled with sun loving plants that do not need much water. We have placed rocks to act as retaining walls and to absorb the suns heat and release it at night to regulate the temperature.
The Greenhouse is home to tropical plants like lemon grass, turmeric, ginger, avocado, lemons, pomegranate, fig and sweet potatoes. Green houses can also be home to tiny gnats, white flies and spider mites. To deal with this we grow tobacco plants whose sticky leaves act like fly paper to attract and catch these tiny pests.
Orchards/ food forest– we have a small filbert orchard and a fruit orchard with guilded trees who are growing slowly into a food forest.
Your soil is only as healthy as the diversity of plants growing in it.