I’ve been meaning to write more here about Permaculture and the efforts we’ve been making to restore our developer-scalped tenth of an acre to some semblance of fertility.
Note that I said “meaning to”.
In lieu, I thought I’d try posting some of the pictures I’ve taken this week to document our progress. Hopefully any other permies out there trying to rebuild soil in the Colorado suburbs
Spring in the Garden!
Our property is at abut 6500 feet in elevation. Colorado Springs might be southern geographically, but in growing season terms it’s practically Canadian. Luckily, permaculture’s focus on perennials over annuals should help us make the best use of our shortened growing season. Here are some of the plants and animals we’re seeing in our garden now that spring has finally sproinged ^_^
Emulating a permaculture chinampa in a greenhouse?
I’ve worked with aquaponics for a few years now, so when I ran across the concept of the chinampa I had to give it a try. But living the high desert does not exactly lend itself to traditional ponds and canals. So for now I’m trying to content myself with 1200 gallons of water gardens in an insulated greenhouse. I’m still waiting for the bulk of my aquatic and marginal plants, but those we’ve got are happy to be out from under the grow lights and enjoying real sun.
So that’s all the news out of the garden that I’ve got a photo to remind me of. Check back soon to follow our progress as our Permaculture journey continues.