My My, it has been a long time since I updated the web pages. I really need to write some new articles to add to the gardening section.
I firmly believe in changing things up. Not simply crop rotation but move the garden beds around the yard, plant mixed plantings all together in the same beds, use guilds, provide shade, ground cover, nitrogen fixation, mulch material, trap crops and beneficial insect atractors all together.
I like to say my gardens travel the yard like giant amoeba. I also like to use chickens to work over a garden bed between crops some times or even occasionally let the chickens in to dig up weeds among certain crops that would survive the chickens abuse.
I will be trying to incorporate more permaculture methods and design ideas into my gardening.
Starting a new garden is easy, at least by my methods, and relatively cheap. I usually choose a spot and lay down large sheets of cardboar and weigh them down with some free mulch (like what the tree services are often happy to dump when they are working in the area) Then I will make piles of compost (we get mushroom compost really cheap) on top of the cardboar and mulch in the shape of the garden beds I want. Then make the mulch inbetween the beds thicker for walkways. Then I lay out drip irrigation and plant. Over time with moisture, the cardboard will break down and feed the worms. If the piles of compost are thick enough many plants will do just fine right away though something like corn or sunflowers usually do better after the cardboard breaks down. After a few seasons, the bed has usually settled down to the level of the original ground at least in my warm climate. If the weeds have taken over, I just do the cardboard layer again, if not, I just add some more compost and continue, or shift the beds so the old pathways are the new beds and put mulch over the old beds.