Posted on March 24, 2015 by Anni Kelsey
One of the principles of permaculture is “the problem is the solution”.
The raw material of my garden is clay with a lot of stones and small rocks. If I want to plant even the smallest thing it involves wrenching out a lot of stones and I end up trying to think of somewhere to put them as there are too many just to leave.
Last year I built a new perennial vegetable polyculture patch from branches, sticks, twigs and upturned turf. Mulched with all sorts of organic materials through the summer (grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, pulled up ‘weeds’ etc) it fared very well. It was productive and lovely to look at. However since then we have had a wet winter and as it has not had anything like sufficient time to mature into an good natured nicely textured soil much of this bed is very wet, heavy clay.