Plums Galore, Growing Paulownia Trees for Shade/Mulch and some Forest Garden Plants
Week 15 - The Polyculture Project
It’s been my kind of summer so far, not too hot, lovely sunshine, heavy rainfall just when it’s needed and lots of plums. :-)
Here’s what we’ve been up to in the gardens last week.
But first just to let you know we’ve revamped our Online Store where you can find Forest Garden/ Permaculture Plants, Seeds, Cuttings, Bulbs, Rhizomes and Polyculture Multi-packs along with digital goods and services such as Online Courses, Webinars, eBooks, and Online Consultancy and finally we’ve added a Bulk Fruit and Nut Tree order form for Farms, Orchards, Nurseries, and Large Regenerative Landscape Projects. If there is anything in the store you would like to see but is not there, please let us know. We hope you enjoy the store and find something you like :) It’s your purchases that keep our Project going. Thank you. Enter Our Store Here.
It’s been a while since I posted the most recent photo of our Paulownia tomentosa – Foxglove Tree trees that we grow in the centre of our vegetable beds to provide shade, mulch and round wood for use in the gardens.
I cut the trees to ground level in early May (see our previous blog post here) below you can see photos of the stool after 3, 5 and 9 weeks growth. The beetroots planted in the beds are appreciating the shade and are some of the first to mature and overall seem to be in better condition to beetroot sown in other areas of the garden in full sun.
Design and Create Webinars – Forest Gardens, Urban Gardens, Permaculture, Regenerative Farming
Forest Garden Plants
Plums and Apricots
Atraxia – the Perennial Polyculture Trial Garden
Market Garden – Aponia
The produce is starting to ripen in the market garden with Kohlrabi, Beetroot, Potato, Kale, Beans and Courgettes coming along well and the first of the Basil and Tomato starting to ripen. As we arrive in the garden on Monday morning the first job is to inspect the Brassica crops for pests such as Pieris brassicae – Large White eggs and larvae and more common this time of year the Cabbage Bug – Eurydema oleracea.
I have researched Pauwlonia for this exact function so I am very happy to see your success in Bulgaria. We live in Greece and from what I have read Pauwlonia would do well here too.
One thing has kept me from going ahead and ordering seed; according to some youtubers Pauwlonia has an agressive suckering habit. Especially when coppiced like shown here. Could you comment on that?