The Terraced Strawberry Garden

I have strawberries planted in every nook and cranny of the forest garden, but predictably, the first strawberry blossom of the year has emerged on the warm terraced strawberry garden.

This somewhat-vertical garden is built around an old piece of concrete drain piping, and terraced with pear wood: both of which ambiently radiate heat, creating a warmer microclimate.

The wood also feeds fungi, decomposes into soil nutrition, and stores water. The strawberries have some fibrous roots that have begun to directly penetrate the bark.

The strawberry fruits will droop off of the structure, preventing too much soil contact; they are actually called strawberries because traditionally, they were grown on straw to prevent the fruit from rotting on the soil. Growing vertically increases the physical surface area for crops, so building in a terraced form also allows more plants to be grown in a smaller square-metreage.

In addition to providing a home for fruit and fungi, this is also an insect habitat. I drilled a number of holes in the logs to provide homes for wood-dwelling bees, and soil-dwelling bees can nest undisturbed in the till-free areas between the terraces.

Since bees sip from mushroom mycelium to up-regulate their immune systems, I have no doubt they will find this fungi-ridden structure to be a suitable home!

This little garden ticks all of my permacultural boxes:

  • it’s built from free, local, and salvaged materials
  • it’s built to maximise yields
  • it’s low-maintenance and perennial
  • it’s biodiverse: hosting a fruiting crop, fungi, a rich soil life web, and beneficial insects

Far from being a “type” of garden, it’s more like a “formation” that derives inspiration from raised beds, vertical gardening, hügelkultur, and the herb spiral.  

If I had built it with fresher wood, I could have also innoculated the logs with wood-dwelling edible mushroom plugs: like shiitakes. This would further maximise the efficiency of the space by cropping an edible mushroom in between the berries. Maybe next time!

i jus saved a little bee she was so cute… she was laying on the landing all wobbly so i picked her up and gave her some sugar and water. i took her back outside and she flew away immediately. ;w;

aapocalyptic-chaoss asked:

The thing I appreciate the most about you is how you're actually educated and have sources supporting why you believe what you believe. Also thank you for adding some sense to my dash!

Well thank you honey, that’s what I’m here for! Have a bee:

realjusticewarrior asked:

I don't know if you've seen this, but a study was released yesterday showing that bees are actually becoming addicted to pesticides developing a dependency that causes them to seek it out.

Yes I’ve been reading up on it, and while it’s not proof that they’re addicted to it yet, it’s proof that they can’t tell the difference between nectar contaminated with neonicotinoids and nectar that isn’t, and may get a nicotine-like ‘buzz’ (if you pardon the pun) from them.

It’s really sad, but this quote from one of the researchers, David Gouldon, from the Independent says: “At this point in time it is no longer credible to argue that agricultural use of neonicotinoids does not harm wild bees.”

I hope that this may be the straw that breaks the camels back and finally gets governments to cave and ban the use of them.

Hey! Hey you!

Do you like BEES!? Do you want to see more Bees around the world making honey for everyone and being awesome little bastards and keeping humanity alive because if we didn’t have them then humanity would basically just DIE!?

Maybe you just like stripes ! or fuzzy things! Or maybe you’re allergic to them and despise them even though you shouldn’t!

Either way my friend needs YOUR help! She’s trying to start a Beekeeeping business on her own so she can get away from her toxic family, but can’t do it without your help! Lets look at the facts here!

Pros of helping this beautiful young lady out:

1. More bees in the world! as she’ll raise and take care of them like her own children!

2. More fruits and veggies in the world! as she’ll need a lot of flowers to keep the bees happy, so will probably be including various other fruits and veggies around as well!

3. Honey! Honey is amazing! It’s sweet, it’s gooey, and it’s made by BUGS! it’s BUG FOOD that you can EAT! how cool is that!?

4. Fund enough and you can get a freaking BEEHIVE named after you! or whatever you want them to be named! imagine an entire swarm of “Joyce bees” or The Royal Family of “Amanda”! just think of the possibilities!

5. You’d be helping out an amazing and beautiful young woman start her own carrier in an already jobless north america, we need more people like this!

6. She’ll finally be able to move out of her family home filled with people whom she loves very much, but keep doing things like buying big TV’s with rent money!

7. She’ll probably be able to pay for actual internet for the first time in over a year so she can come back and talk to all of you again! this is the lady behind Kuvoos Zeraki and Ferrum by the way, did i mention that!? She can come back to the community! I want her to come back to the community, what about you!?

Cons of helping this beautiful young lady out:

1. ….

2. ….

3. ….

4. you…. won’t have a couple of bucks laying around you were probably going to spend on junk food anyways? idk.