Can intensive gardening work with the permaculture mindset or would the crowding lead to more stress on plants and therefore encourage pests?
I don't know that I completely agree with you on food forests. Food forests are amazing because they are stacked tall, thus taking less space for more food. At least that's the goal.i dont think the yelllow means clay... just means the sun didnt bleach it yet LOL i can seriously run a hose at full blast on a tree in sand and its like the water melts away... it never pools/puddles any..
I need to grow too much food to do a food forest type permaculture but i need the benefit of working with my ecosystem that permaculture encourages. I guess i need to tweak n make the most of both worlds
My garden is in ground 4 ft wide row type usually called beds. Paths are 3 ft wood chip filled. It makes for much easier crop rotation and I only add material to the beds and never the paths.I am not entirely sure lol. Maybe it would help to explain what I want to do. I live on 2.24 acres but a lot of it is not usable for gardening because of heavy trees, ormy house, driveway and outbuildings. Every where I garden has to be brought up to condition before I can plant in it because its just yellow blow sand (which has next to no nutrients and water vanishes fast.. and its just worthless really. Anyways I have carved out 5 different garden spots, 55ish fruit trees, 40-50 blueberry bushes (not sure where it stands as i lost a couple this summer)Both the trees and bushes are young yet so they dont get in my way much while I try to garden around them. (all planted within last 5 years)
Overall between trees,bushes and my gardens I use up about an acre of land. I cannot expand further, I have stolen all I can steal from my children and husband! no playing over there lol! I also have chickens, rabbits and a family milk cow (fed hay , pooped cleaned out every week and kept in a pen with a nice shelter)
okay back to my point lol.. I cannot expand my gardens further but I NEED to grow more. I have 8 children.. yes 8... and I want to be self reliant with feeding my children the healthiest best food available- what i grow! (like maybe 500 quarts of food this year? lots of salsa, potatoes, green beans, and carrots.... We do really well with what we do but I want to double production. So I want to garden more intensively. I want to overlap things to get the most out of my land with nature doing a lot of it. But if I get too crowded then pests might flourish right?? Like I said, I have 5ish garden spots. Well I dont plant everything by themselves. I might have potatoes in 3 different gardens. I did one really large tomato garden but then I also had two small spots in two other gardens. Strawberries are in two spots. I dont put all of my eggs in one basket. I find bugs might be strong in one spot but not enough so i can just yank something rather than fight it because I have back up in another spot. (like stink bugs on my zucchini)
So I want to keep permaculture concepts whilemaking it more intensive. Perhaps t would be like some of you trying for a market garden with permaculture concepts except im not selling mine?
Have you considered straw bale gardening? If your soil is problematic, it might help to grow above ground on bales. There is more and more information on it on the internet these days; shouldn't be hard to research it.Can intensive gardening work with the permaculture mindset or would the crowding lead to more stress on plants and therefore encourage pests?