With everything else that’s going on at the moment, certain things have been neglected. Unfortunately this time  it was our poor roses. Sorry roses!

So, I thought that this was a good opportunity to show the effectiveness and ease of permaculture. Yes, I know that there are loads of sites out there on this subject and certain ones might criticise mine, but so what ? I just thought that this could show you how to mend a ‘broken bed’.

Obviously this rose bed can’t be dug over so this is our alternative. First we clipped the long grass down, and hand pulled some weeds. A dock plant had to be dug out but this was right on the edge.

Cardboard was laid down and soaked thouroughly.

Well broken down grass clippings are then placed on top. This should be quite a thick mulch as this  also feeds  the plants.

We also use our donkey ‘Poo Brew’ on the plants to give them all a good feed. All we do to get ‘PooBrew’ is to collect up a couple of buckets of donkey dung, put it into a big blue barrel, fill this with water, cover and leave it to completely break down. This is then diluted down for veg or used neat on the garden and gives us all our organic fertilizer. We call this ‘Permaganics’

A nice thick donkey ‘Poo Brew’ that’s been breaking down for about 6 months.

                                                                              Bowie and Floyd.

We’ve often been questioned as to why we have donkeys. Well, we have the land that they graze which keeps it down for us, they provide our fertilizer for our veg and garden and they are just lovely, lovely animals. Thanks lads !

One of the strange things though, is that permaculture is nothing new, my Grandad was gardening this way 50 years ago and he called it mulching. He’s now 83 and still grows his tomatoes in his greenhouse and waters them every day. Come on GRANDAD !

He didn’t feel like he had to copy other people he just did things his way. When we go over to see him, I still carry the watering can up to his greenhouse for him and it really brings back memories I have of being a child.

He is the person who really got me started on this course of life. We used to go into his shed and make things out of wood, nails, screws, and glue. I have since built my house out of wood, nails, screws and glue ! The knowledge that he has given to me is invaluable. One of the first books he gave to us was ‘The Family Smallholding’ by Katie Thear and it still has that old book smell. This was back in 2001 when I had started to settle down a bit after travelling for 9 years round the world and inspired me that this was the way forward.

So, with this sort of information being passed down, you come to realise that we all stand on the shoulders of giants, but, it all depends on whether we look out and see what’s there at the time. I’ve always tried to acknowledge those people who have inspired me along the way, even if just in memory. It can’t always be done in person, sometimes distance and time make it impossible.

Certain people do, certain people don’t, we just try, and trying is the first step to success. Some people just copy others because they have no path of their own, and these are the ones that try to pull others down so that they can make  themselves feel more important than they really are but with no real substance and are just insecure.

So Happy Litha ! We are now just off to the tunnel to dig up a few new potatoes to have with our home made mint sauce .


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. flissandbigbear
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 12:49:40

    Clever thinking Batman and Batwoman 🙂 and they are actually the cutest donkey’s int he world ever – they may not forgive you for putting their poo on the net tho hehehehehehe!!! xxxx


  2. ceciliag
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 18:51:00

    works for me!! your donkey poo must be a treat!! c


  3. briony mee
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 23:27:22

    good reading really enjoyed your post today happy eating human and animal alike


  4. linniew
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 01:46:17

    Grandparents have power. My grandma made a gardener of me too and I must say I have plans for a certain little grand-daughter of my own as soon as she grows a bit– hard for infants to get a grip on those weeds. Happy Midsummer to you too! (Well I had to look up ‘Litha’ –such a pretty word and another great name for the solstice.)


  5. Bridget
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 07:37:37

    I know exactly what you mean by people taking, or trying to take ownership of knowledge. My analysis is that these people are insecure and egocentric. Bur let them carry on on their lonesome cause most people can regognise these personalities. There’s nothing new under heaven!


  6. willowarchway
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:51:29

    Absolutely Bridget !


  7. alderandash
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 17:34:16

    Thanks for the info – really great practical info that clearly works! No nasty chemicals, weeds gone, plants happy – job done! As you say – there’s nothing new under the sun. Part of what I love about veg growing is feeling connected to all the folks who’ve done it before me, the things they’ve learned and passed on. I didn’t have a gardening grandparent, but Mum and Mum-in-law are my gardening gurus…


  8. philosophermouseofthehedge
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 16:16:26

    Enjoyed touring your blog. Glad to see “old” ideas being utilized again. My dad’s family were old time farmers. We always had a vegetable garden. Nothing better than fresh tomatoes!
    The big rose garden in Houston, Tx uses newspapers and cardboard (covered by a little decorative mulch chipped up from parks’ fallen trees and brush). I tried it and found the plants do better and there’s no weeding.
    The donkeys are great.


  9. facelikeafryingpan
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 12:56:16

    I think that you might be able to market and sell “Poo Brew.” lol. And your donkeys are adorable!


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