I hope that everyone is having a great summer so far!
Things are starting to jump at the Permaculture scene around Charleston.
There is a garden on James Island on West Capers that started out as a traditional raised bed structure in the front lawn of Shirley Brown's house. She then added an orchard of about fourteen fruit trees of various species and Rabbiteye blueberry shrubs. Then upon having a discussion about Permaculture decided to add planting guilds around the fruit trees. The plantings became more diverse throughout the planting beds as more herbs, flowers, nitrogen fixing plants and perennial edeibles got added. The decision has been to remove all the grass that is on the site and install trellised grapes and blackberries, compost crops in the back yard, as well as traditional grains in the front yard along with more perennial berry This is becomming a full blown out Food Forest! Wow! Did I mention that this pioneer of a lady also has a large Solar Cell Array on her front South facing roof!
The next step in this project is that we are going to measure and journal the improvement in Nutrient Density of the mineral content of all the food crops. After all this plot will feed Shirley and her daughter's family of five and Shirley wants this ood to be as healthful as is possible. Oh bt the way Shirley makes her own Kefir and Yogurt daily, and sprouts her own vegies. Let me tell you this lady is COMMITTED in a BIG way!!
As for the Thursday meeting we will be moving some crops from their raised planters and transplanting them in the garden at Six O'Clock PM before the Permaculture meeting if you want to get sweaty before the Seven O'Clock?
We will begin designing a new garden and this will be from scratch and a collaborate design!
Love to all!