The best permaculture walnut guild, and how to produce more food from a smaller area

A plant guild is a community of plants that grows well together. Synthesizing these conditions involves mimicking how plants grow in natural ecosystems. In forests, savannas, and prairies, some plants grow well together and influence each other positively, and some don't. When they don't have a beneficial impact on each other, plants can be either neutral or harmful to each other. But that's … [Read more...]

Mulching fruit trees and shrubs for higher and better quality yields

What is mulch and mulching? Mulch is a layer of material applied to the top of the area of soil. Mulch is, usually, used to converse moisture and improve the fertility and health of the soil. Some people also use mulching as a way to reduce weed growth as well as to enhance the visual appeal of the area. Mulch is usually but not exclusively organic in nature. It may be permanent (e.g. plastic … [Read more...]

Best nitrogen fixing tall trees for temperate climate

Nitrogen is one of the more essential plant nutrients. Without sufficient nitrogen level in the soil, plants’ growth will be extremely slow. That's why the best pioneer plants that are being used in permaculture design are nitrogen fixing plants. But just because a certain plant is a nitrogen fixing plant, it doesn't ensure that it fixes nitrogen efficiently. That is why I decided to create a list … [Read more...]

Mycorrhizal fungi are greedy capitalist pigs!

If you know something about permaculture, then probably you heard that mycorrhizal fungus: live in symbiotic relationship with plants help plants to extract nutrients from the soil promote more abundant yields improved resistance to soil pathogens and environmental stress It comes with a price as fungus does not do it because it have "a good heart", but because it gets carbohydrates from the … [Read more...]