We’re back in the garden. It seems overwhelming at times, just the two of us, gathering materials and assembling them into big garden beds. One quadrant and the center circle are now complete. We gathered live oak leaves from the perimeter woods for use as a top mulch to prevent errosion and retain moisture. Over the last few weeks, we’ve come to realize just how exposed our site is to the elements. Someone left us a nice fat Christmas tree on site, which we decided would be best used to further protect the beds. The chopped limbs were placed on the South and West sides of the garden bed – better than plastic. Permaculture teaches us to consider the use of biological resources first, before turning to something manufactured. There will be circumstances that warrant immediate results that only premanufactured materials will produce, though we will strive for using natural resources whenever possible.
Our next venture will be to complete the second quadrant and begin figuring out the irrigation system. There is irrigation at the site, though it’s currently configured to water large swaths of green space. More than likely, we’ll replace some of the sprinkler heads with drip line, but that’s for another day.
January 19, 2010
Today I planted approximately 200 Daffodil, Ranunculus, and Freesia bulbs in the center garden area. I also noticed that the seeds that I broadcast last week are starting to sprout. I’ll need to give them another day or two before I can identify which seeds sprouted.