Permaculture,Sepp Holzer & Huglekultur
Apr 23, 2012
It's no secret Texas is in the midst of a water crisis. If you combine that with the dangers Monsanto poses in respect to it's ever growing monopoly on seed ownership and Frankinseed production I decided it was time to start digging deeper (pun intended) into Permaculture methods for our little acre. Peraculture by Sepp Holzer was on my short list as a highly recommended choice. It has a wealth of information but I will say it is geared towards a more mountainous area but I was able to gain some very useful insights.
There has already been a short discussion of using the Huglekultur bed building method here so I thought I might combine what I've been learning into a small trial bed. I love water features but we live in an area rich in iron ore and keeping a pump running proved to be a nightmare. I had a small area dug out,lined and the bottom covered with large gravel just sitting in the back,empty and staring at me for the last 5 years. I had already told Gary I was going to fill it in this year and plant there so i thought why not give this method a try.
I worked on it yesterday afternoon and came up with a bed I think will be good for my first test run. If it works out well i have an area on our property line I would like to build another about 20' long. I didn't follow all the steps as laid out but fingers crossed that it helps solve the watering problem.
The garden club in the next town over holds their annual plant sale this weekend just in time to get a good selection of both perennials and edibles.