Permaculture Relationships

I am so excited about Permaculture! Creating a food forest with perennials = more harvest and less work. Think of the forest – what comes to mind? Fresh scents… rich soil, full of humus… a system that often cares for itself.
Geoff Lawton has been teaching Permaculture Design Courses (PDC) for over thirty years in Australia. Using ideas that he has promoted and/or that we have put into practice, we will begin to share the principles behind creating your own food forest-even in the suburbs.

We love researching about permaculture and hearing how others have incorporated beneficial relationships in their climate… Common around here, of course, is “three sisters” Corn, beans and squash work in a symbiotic relationship… the corn provides the stalk for the beans to climb up, the beans return the favor by fixing nitrogen, and the squash benefit the corn and beans by sheltering the topsoil from direct sun and the corn and beans provide a bit more shade for the squash!

Last year we planted basil on the south side of a grapefruit tree. Once a week it gets automatically watered, yet the basil thrived all year – some of it gets woody and goes to seed, but the flowers provide bee food and there always seem to be fresh basil leaves to use when we need it for pesto!

Our compost sends Wild Cherry Tomato Plants anywhere we put it this year!  My favorite place to see Wild Cherry Tomatoes growing is up the Orange Trees!

Love to hear the relationships between plants that you have found work to make your job lighter! Email me at

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