Permaculture Photos

Welcome to the juicy story of our backyard being transformed into a PERMACULTURE-INSPIRED GARDEN. We will be guided by (among others) Delphine Stein, who runs PermaTuin, a permaculture business here in the Netherlands (“tuin” = Dutch for garden). The story is primarily a PHOTO STORY.

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6 April 2017: We’ve been looking forward to Delphine’s first visit, to make our design and get started with our permaculture garden. As it turns out, however, she will be too busy all spring, so we’ve better get started without her. This happens, as everything in our lives, guided primarily by intuition – adding in our learnings from previous experiences of gardening & the little (growing) knowledge of permaculture we have. In any case, at the pace our backyard is being transformed, our photo story continues…

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19 May 2017: Well into the second week of May the spring was still cold and slow. Since then it’s speeded up a bit; and snails & slugs have come alive. Initially they were faster than us. Out of the four Jerusalem artichokes we planted on top of the densest part of the cut-down bamboo jungle, they chewed down two – before we had time to employ counter measures. Our sown lettuces were grazed immediately as they sprouted. Tomatoes, sunflowers, borage, basil, and calendula are also on their menu, among others. Carrots and radishes seem less popular. Since a few days we’re removing snails & slugs daily, by hand. The record is 71 in one evening. Perhaps in a fully established permaculture garden, a balance will be achieved and we won’t have to see the snails & slugs as pests anymore. But for now we do. 

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25 May 2017: Snails & slugs are thinning out, thanks to our daily removal rounds. But our two cats remain. Never would I have thought cats could be such a severe annoyance to a gardener. But it seems our cats (especially one of them, Toulouse) just can’t have enough of wreaking havoc among seeds & seedlings by shitting in, or simply playing around with, any little patch of soil they can access in between the bamboo sticks. (And that’s some unimaginable patches. Pfff…) Here are two photos illustrating our arms race with the cats. How to plan a permaculture design including the cats & their fondness for digging in bare soil? That’s a question currently bubbling at the back of my mind.

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30 June 2017: Everything is growing much faster than we have time to update this page… While snails & slugs have kept munching away at everything green, and cats have kept digging here and there, we’ve been enjoying a great cherry harvest, and happily been picking herbs – such as dill, lovage, mint, and lemon balm – for tea and meals. Presently, borage, cornflower, chamomile, and calendula are flowering, as well as beans and tomatoes. The first few green little tomatoes have formed, and our very first strawberry is almost fully red. For one reason or the other, we sowed an abundance of borage, which is one reason our garden is now full of bees and bumblebees. Butterflies and many other insects also enrich any moment we sit down on our little wooden deck, as do many enchanting smells: marigold, tomatoes, black currant, honeysuckle (though the flowering is almost over now), mint, rose… Such a richness to grow a garden, for all senses!

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21 July 2017: The garden looks happy, and we are happily spending time in it. The bean harvest has started. Beans and sunflowers are growing towards the mountain tops… higher even than the prayer flags.

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4 August 2017: We went to Sweden for eight days and came back to a garden full of beans and borage, with sunflowers, calendula, nasturtium, and – prematurely – even broccoli in bloom. The broccoli tasted great the way it offered itself to us; and so did the green omelette we made from borage leaves, seasoned with a bit of mint. Shanto even found a yellow-flowering “weed” to treat a wart on the eyelid.

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19 August 2017: Been eating beans… Lots. And now the first tomatoes are starting to get ready to harvest. Sweet!

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