Design from patterns to details – Valley’s End Farm – Terra Permaculture

We come from families of farmers and gardeners and they are, like everybody else, growing old.

They’ve always managed their gardens the same, traditional, way ; carting in wheelbarrow-full of composts and manures to enrich the soil, ploughing with a rotary hoe, planting densely, weeding by hand, etc. The older they’re getting, less area is cultivated (and the weeds colonize the vacant land), and the more reliant they have become on synthetic fertilizers, slug pellets and weedkiller too.

They’re now clearly finding it hard now to manage their 200m2 veggie patch the way they’ve always had:

  • The rotary hoe has become impossible for them to handle,
  • Watering by hand with a watering can has become a weight-lifting challenge,
  • Planting heavy pickets with a sledgehammer to support tom…

Source: Design from patterns to details – Valley’s End Farm – Terra Permaculture