The gardens at Suburban Stone Age have been strongly influenced by permaculture concepts. For those new to the term, permaculture is defined by Wikipedia as “a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.”
The promise is that if your follow Nature’s grand design, you not only build a sustainable garden that provides you with food and resources. You build a food web that extends beyond your human needs and into the natural community that exists beyond your backyard fence, for the benefit of all.
It has been over 6.5 years that Suburban Stone Age has been in operation – long enough to flirt with being a “mature” garden. And I can tell you, without a doubt, that permaculture principles work.
We don’t use pesticides, we invite birds to do the work instead. We recycle nutrients through the use of compost to let the land feed itself. We build the soil with humus so that it can hold more water – this helped our plants survive the greatest drought in California’s recorded history. We group plants according to their habits and functions, so they can thrive and provide the maximum amount of usefulness to ourselves and the natural community.
This was all begun because of the promise that if you build it, they will come. The plants, animals, and abundance, that is. And there has been no truer promise, no more spectacular return on the investment, than what the gardens of Suburban Stone Age have become.
If you are curious about permaculture and how it works, please leave a comment. I am happy to share whatever knowledge and experience I can. And be sure to keep checking back for updates, as the best is yet to come!