Permaculture Home Garden
“Co-operation, not competition, is the key”
My Senior project was the best experience of all my undergraduate studies as it allowed be to analyze and synthesize the information that I have gained during my “Sustainability” studies. My interest towards Permaculture and Agriculture in general has allowed me to expand my knowledge in both practice and theory by creating a “home garden” using the materials of the land and no power tools.
The aim of my project was not only for me to earn my qualifying credit for graduation but it was to demonstrate that with the correct “technique” and “attention” we are able to grow our own food to sustain ourselves. If you would like to view the method and details of my project please follow this link: Permaculture Design
Permaculture Garden Design Summary
The Permaculture design garden that I have designed brings to light a simplicity home garden design. The garden is composed of many components all of which follows the Permaculture guidelines. The garden bed consists of approximately 300ft of double dug beds, laid with cured compost, and then mulched for a period of 6 months over the Iowa winter. The total amount of time spent on preparing the garden was about 8 months. This is broken down into two phases: 6 months of sheet mulching over the winter and only two months of physical labor. I used no pesticides, herbicides or any other chemicals in the garden. I also used the usual hand tools and avoided tilling with heavy machinery. The project also consisted of rain catchment water systems. Now the garden is filled with wonderful fresh and lushly green vegetables during the spring and summer seasons.
Permaculture Garden Project Slides
Progression of Garden Plot
Phase 1 and 2: Fence Building, Double Digging, Sheet Mulching, Planting and Hot Compost