permaculture garden

How To Design An Edible Hedgerow For Your Homestead

How To Design An Edible Hedgerow For Your Homestead

Are you looking for a landscape design solution that will create privacy, increase your food production, provide wildlife habitat, and add beauty to your yard? Then, how about planting an edible hedgerow?

Wait, what’s a hedgerow? A hedgerow is simply a hedge of trees and/or shrubs that often borders a road, property line, or fence. Historically, hedgerows have been used for windbreaks, growing food, timber, and basket-making materials, and living fences. These are all great functions that be woven into your home’s edible landscape.

What Would You Like to Know About Edible Landscaping?

What Would You Like to Know About Edible Landscaping?

I’ve been getting a ton of edible landscaping questions lately from people planting their own edible landscape. Do you have any burning questions about the design process I’ve used for years to create custom edible landscape designs?  I'm collecting all of your questions so that I can focus my blog topics and help you succeed with your edible landscaping project. 

6 (More) Permaculture Principles For Your Edible Landscape

6 (More) Permaculture Principles For Your Edible Landscape

My first post about permaculture talked about six of the 12 permaculture design principles and how they can be applied to your garden. 

This post will discuss the next six principles: produce no waste, design from patterns to details, integrate rather than segregate, use and value diversity, use edges and value the marginal, and creatively use and respond to change. 



How to Design Your Super Useful Fruit Tree Guild

How to Design Your Super Useful Fruit Tree Guild

Fruit trees are an integral part of edible landscaping.  They offer shade, fruit, seasonal interest, structure to your garden design, and so much more.  One simple way we can support the fruit trees in your edible garden is through planting fruit tree guilds.  Fruit tree guilds are one of the countless permaculture design techniques that can be applied to your home garden.

What are fruit tree guilds?  They are human-made communities of plants that are located beneath and surrounding fruit trees.  These plants have specific qualities that will support your fruit tree: nitrogen fixers, dynamic accumulators, compost makers, and insect / pollinator attractors.  Some plants serve more than one purpose in the guild (and may also be food or medicine for you, too).

6 Permaculture Principles for Your Edible Landscape

6 Permaculture Principles for Your Edible Landscape

When I first learned about permaculture, I was blown away by the profound accessibility to the design principles.  Reading over the 12 principles, I remember thinking, "This makes complete and total sense.”  Applied to our gardens, permaculture is basically a design system which is intended to mimic patterns and relationships in nature while also providing food and energy.  In a nutshell, it's very smart design that focuses on the relationships between things, rather than on separate objects or pieces of your landscape.  This interconnectedness reduces your work, increases your harvest, and returns energy back to our wonderful earth. 

What Your Herb Spiral Could Look Like Next Year

What Your Herb Spiral Could Look Like Next Year

Last spring I built an herb spiral in my backyard.  It was added as an extension to my medicinal garden.  I wrote a blog post about it with instructions for building your own herb spiral, plus photos of my process.

A few days ago, I had a great question about sheet mulching in regards to my herb spiral.  Check out Alison's question and my response in my original Herb Spiral blog post: http://www.dailyharvestdesigns.com/blog/2015/3/26/herb-spirals.  She also asked how my herb spiral is doing one year later. 

Here are some photos of my herb spiral today.  Enjoy!

How to Build an Herb Spiral in Your Landscape

How to Build an Herb Spiral in Your Landscape

When I took my permaculture design course in 2010, there were a few permaculture design elements that seemed easy to incorporated into most gardens.  Herb spirals are one of them. 

Our backyard is designed with a lot of big looping curves, creating wonderful nooks and crannies for seating areas, play areas, veggie gardens, and the perfect spot for an herb spiral.

What is an herb spiral?  Herb spirals maximize garden space by coiling up a linear garden space into a mounded spiral.  Built with some elevation, herb spirals offer various micro-climates.  Each side of the spiral receives a different amount of sunlight and the soil moisture fluctuates as it moves down and around the spiral.