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Permaculture garden in Deurne
Permaculture garden in Deurne
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Antwerp / Deurne, BE
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Permaculture garden in Deurne

Permaculture garden in Deurne

Antwerp / Deurne, BE

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Winter 2010-2011

Project: Permaculture garden in Deurne

Posted by Maaike Mussche over 12 years ago

The first changes towards our new permaculture garden.

In december I started cutting the first exotic shrubs, starting with the Aucuba japonicas which were everywhere and a bamboo plant that was blocking the entire sight on the garden from the house. I still left the rest till next winter because I first wanted to see them in summer with leaves and flowers becouse most of them I didn't recognise in winter. I kept all the branches and in spring I hired a woodchipping machine so I could use the woodchips to cover the grass in the front garden and plant medicinal and aromatic herbs there. This worked extremely well because it is very sunny and dry in this south/west part of the garden and that is what the herbs, many of which originate in the mediteranean, like. The marygolds are still in bloom and it is november!

In januari I covered the grass in the back garden with cartboard and made raised beds on it using compost of the huge compostheap in the farthest corner of the garden. This consists of all the hedge- and grasscuttings, autumn leaves and cat-litterboxfillings of the past 20 or more years. Beautifull! I made 4 raised beds of 1m wide and paths of 40 cm in between.

After having read a lot about fruit variaties on dark winter evenings I orderd 3 appletrees, 1 peartree, 1 plumtree, 1 japanese quinche,and a few berryshrubs. I will tell more abou them in a next update. The appletrees and berryshrubs I planted in the spaces where the Aucuba's had been in the back garden. The peartree I planted in the frontgarden because pears like a warm and dry spot. The plumtree and quinche I planted in the side-garden.

One problem I encountered with the fruit trees was that I had to order them in the nursery and could collect them ten days later. This was in the beginnig of februari. The weather was very soft when I ordered them but by the time I had to collect them it was freezing, also during the day. Which meant I couldn't dig holes to plant them and they had a naked root so they would freeze. After an hour of panic I found out I could dig a hole in the big compost heap because compost heaps geneate heat. So they all survived exept some of the raspberries.

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