Permaculture Market Garden
We have constructed an outdoor kitchen and dry composting toilet hidden in the yin-yang planting of Beech trees and have begun work on the market garden, ½-acre with 60 permanent, no-dig organic beds inspired by the likes of Jean-Martin Fortier, Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer and other Permaculture practitioners from Brazil to Japan. Here we will plant a huge variety of heritage fruits and vegetables to feed ourselves and build diversity. Using Permaculture principles, we aim to feed people, build healthy soils and create a haven for wildlife, intercropping many species on each bed, intermingled with flowers and herbs to maintain a natural equilibrium of life forms.
Our polytunnel allows us to grow abundant tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, and peppers with an understory of beneficial herbs and flowers. All roof spaces have been guttered so we can catch and store the precious rainwater.
All our beds are designed as guilds, meaning that we stack many functions and create symbiotic relationships between crops; some fix nitrogen, others create shade. Some climb, others are climbed. Every six beds we have a perennial bed- filled with fruit trees, berry bushes, flowers, and herbs such as thyme, mint and rosemary.
We are entirely off-grid- not even solar power. We manually work the land with simple tools, keeping costs and carbon emissions at an absolute minimum.
If you wish to know more about our Permaculture Project, please follow the Conscious Roots blog, or get in touch.
We have started a farm!
Based just South of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, the Conscious Roots Permaculture Project is set on a stunning 7-acre meadow and woodland. Having been mistreated for many years, the current owners purchased the land around 12-years ago and have allowed it to rewild naturally ever since.