Friday, March 04, 2005

The Wild Rumpus Begins!

Having, with my wife, Melissa McDonald, owned a permaculture-oriented landscape design and installation company for over a decade, and over these years having put permaculture to work in our gardens, I am happy to report that we have now spent a full year at our new home and future demonstration site in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The ten thousand gallon underground cistern system is installed. The pump is in. The irrigation system is almost complete. Many of the beds are almost completely prepared, and we will soon be sowing starts in our cold frames. This project, which we hope becomes an example of relative sustainability for the rest of the world, has officially begun. So, as Max in Where the Wild Things Are once said, "Let the wild rumpus start!"

We plan to have demonstrate that you can have a beautiful, diverse, efficient and productive landscape on less than half an acre of desert land. These are some of the elements that will be connected within our system: Annual beds, fruit tree guilds, cold frames, bees, chickens, rabbits, childrens play areas (including water-free fake grass), a small woodland, compost system, plant nursery, plenty of beneficial and beautiful perennials, cistern system with drip irrigation, grey water harvesting, solar water heater, espalier, entertaining areas, teaching spaces, magic spots, herb spirals, deep pipe irrigation, pumice wicks, French drains, cold storage, canning facilities, drying racks, experimental garden plots, gorgeous rock work, diverse mulch materials (from sheet mulching to recycled glass, and much, much more!

One day, within the next three to five years, the site will be open to the public for tours, classes and hands-on learning experiences, please let us know if you would like to be informed as to when this will "officially" occur. In the meantime, please check back at this blog now and then for periodic updates on the progress of our project. And please do know that we would be happy to hear from you if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. We'd love to hear them.


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Just thought I'd say hi and let you know about Permaculture Reflections.

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