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Project: Ann Cantelow's Home
Posted by Ann Cantelow about 11 years ago
A winter musing:
There are 2 perfectly normal permaculture practices that I am having trouble getting my head around. It will be fun to see if I eventually come around to doing things the normal permaculture way!
First- sheet mulching. I stubbornly don't want to do it, because I'm worried about the existing creatures in my soil. From studying this wonderful site describing the soil food web - http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/concepts/soil_biology/soil_food_web.html, I have developed a real fondness for the world of creatures that already crawl and grow beneath my feet. This year, I'll try growing my own mulch and proceeding at a more measured pace than the sheet mulch approach. Hope I can make solid progress, however, via dense planting. I'll save sheet mulching for a later time, assuming it's still needed.
And the other thing I balk at- keeping animals. I would not be able to eat animals that I raise, because I would become too emotionally attached to them, I'm sure. So, this garden will have to have a vegetarian approach for now. I'm hoping to attract plenty of small wildlife into my little urban realm to leave manure and possibly bring other benefits. This may be a general limitation with urban food forests. People who did not grow up as farmers or hunters- and their children- would often, I think, not be willing to eat their own animals.
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