I discovered another gardening video the other day, The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic. I bought the downloadable version of the almost 2-hour film and LOVED it. I am now dreaming of not only a Back to Eden garden and a farm stand, but a permaculture orchard as well!
Permaculture is one of those words that has become quite popular in the gardening and homesteading world lately. I had heard it a lot, read a little on it, and thought it sounded interesting. But it seemed like it was something you did when you had raw land where you were starting fresh, or could hire a professional permaculture designer to come and tell you how to lay out your land, or could only do on multiple acres. After watching The Permaculture Orchard, I realized how very wrong I was. I now can’t wait to start applying so many of the permaculture ideas to not only our little orchard, but to the whole homestead!
Little did I know that many of the little projects I’ve been wanting to do went right along with many things in this video. Problems with flies and mosquitoes on the homestead? Put up lots of nest boxes to encourage birds to eat them up! (I also want to add a bat house or two for this reason!) I’ve been wanting to plant some Siberian pea shrubs around the property to not only give the chickens more snacks (they love the pods), but it’s also a wonderful nitrogen fixer! (And it grows almost wild here in south central Alaska!)
I am now looking at all my little projects and all the problems on the homestead in a new light. How can the problem become the fix? How can I encourage nature to fix the problems I find so common in my garden?
There’s a lot to permaculture, but it isn’t impossible or scary. Read more about permacuture from my friend over at Tenth Acre Farm HERE.
I loved the whole The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic film. Stefan of Miracle Farms (the guy in the film) lays it all out, easily enough for anyone to understand. He walks through each step of an orchard, whether you’re starting from scratch or transitioning an established orchard to a permaculture orchard.
“Miracle Farms is a 12-acre property located in Quebec’s western Monteregie region, in USDA hardiness zone 5. The farm was originally developed as a commercial monoculture apple orchard, transitioned to organic upon purchase in 1993, and certified organic in 1996. Starting in 2007, five acres have been converted to a permaculture-inspired “u-pick” orchard. Plants, fruits and vegetables grown here include over 100 cultivars of apples, 18 cultivars of pears, asian pears, plums, cherries, peaches, paw-paws, hardy kiwi, grapes, mulberries, gooseberries, redcurrant, blackcurrant, saskatoon berries, raspberries, strawberries, and a whole range of herbs and perennial vegetables.”
This video has completely changed the way I look at our little orchard here on the homestead and a lot of how we want the homestead to work as a whole, just as Back to Eden changed my view on gardening. I can’t wait to put these principles to work!
Find more information on Back to Eden gardening HERE.