Intro to Urban Permaculture Gardening
Gardening? What urban dweller has time for gardening? Sure, you’d like to eat more organic food and dream of growing your own (saving money, time and gaining piece of mind) but gardening just seems like too much of a hassle, right?
Not necessarily where urban permaculture gardening is concerned.
The goal is straightforward — grow as much food as possible with the least effort. Well, guess what? That’s almost the exact definition of permaculture according to Wikipedia, so you’re in luck if you want to grow a lot of food but simply don’t have a lot of time to spare.
Permaculture gardening has a few key concepts that will help you achieve your goals. The first is density – getting as many different plants in the smallest area possible so you can achieve a high yield with a space that’s easy to maintain.
The goal is to create balance. Permaculture teachers like to design with a raised container garden, keeping in mind the notion of complementary equilibrium. So instead of loading in a lot of nitrogen-rich soil, instead you add a plant that is rich in nitrogen which then feeds nearby plants.
This creates symmetry that leads to much lower maintenance, especially when invading weeds and insects are concerned — it’s a bit of an aikido move in the plant kingdom… instead of fighting off the insect invaders, with permaculture we distract them with something else they love more, thereby leaving what you want to grow alone.
After you get a permaculture garden established, they require almost no maintenance. Weeding isn’t necessary if you’re not trying to fight them off and watering isn’t as frequent when the root systems in place are to help trap and share moisture more effectively.
For a busy urban dweller that has a small plot to plant on and a couple of weekends to get things going, urban permaculture is really the best approach to save time and effort!