Transforming Your Yard to a Permacultue Oasis

   Permaculture News just published a really nice write-up about the process we used to transform our yard. If you’re looking for inspiration, or wondering how you can deal with transforming a whole property, this is a good article to check out. Permaculture provides some great tools for transforming even large landscapes by partnering with nature.  Transform your yard! And if it was that article that brought you to Lillie House for the first time, I hope you’ll visit our blog, which is loaded with high quality free information about Permaculture and our project: http://www.lilliehouse.blogspot.com   Advertisements Continue reading Transforming Your Yard to a Permacultue Oasis

Prolific Plants for a Rapidly Expanding Garden

(A beautiful new forest garden we’re helping with, in the very beginings of establishment!)  “Establishing a Garden is Expensive!” I recenty spoke to a gardener who said they thought they had spent countless hours and thousands of dollars establishing native plant gardens in their landscape. Many of these plants are sold for $10 -$25 and up per plant at the nursery. And most can be very difficult to start from seed.  You can absolutely spend that same kind of money in establishing an edible forest garden, with some rare edible plants starting around $10, and some fantastic edible tree species … Continue reading Prolific Plants for a Rapidly Expanding Garden

Polyculture Design Class

We still have a few spaces left in Sunday’s Polyculture Design Class.  Establishing good, self-maintaining polycultures has been the key strategy in quickly transforming our site at Lillie House, allowing us to get an area “finished” so we can move along to the next project. Polycultures are plantings that incorporate multiple species of plants, not just one as we see in a conventional crop field, or a suburban lawn. “Perennials” are plants that come back year after year, instead of needing to be planted and re-established each year.   When you create a new conventional garden, you create more work … Continue reading Polyculture Design Class

Ephemeral Crops for Time-based Polycultures

Polyculture, growing multiple plants together, rather than only one, is all about minimizing competition and maximizing the opportunities for cooperation between your plants.  One way of doing this, is by gardening in the 4th-dimension, time. At Lillie House, we take advantage of plants that thrive throughout different times of the growing season, so that we start get harvests as soon as the snow melts in late winter, right up through the first snows of Winter. Ephemeral crops like garden cresses, avoid competition since many of them will be grown and off to college in April or May, well before the … Continue reading Ephemeral Crops for Time-based Polycultures

Designing Polycultures

Because polyculture, growing many plants together, instead of just one alone (monoculture), can reduce pests, disease, and weeds, conserve water, improve soil health and fertility, eliminate the need for tilling and reduce our dependence on chemicals, fossil fuels and poisonous biocides, polyculture is one of the most important elements of Permaculture. It can certainly be the key to a much easier way of gardening! And yet, because it’s an advanced kind of gardening that requires detailed plant knowledge, experience, observation and experimentation, it remains one of the most mysterious, and least discussed.  Time to de-mystify polyculture!  Because this type of … Continue reading Designing Polycultures