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Maitland, NSW, Australia
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Mandala Market Garden

Posted by Mark Brown over 8 years ago

The Mandala Market Garden concept was introduced to me in the Linda Woodrow book "the Permaculture Home Garden" The interaction to the elements in the system make it special to me.


You may have heard this story but as it is relevant, I will repeat it here.

 

I was teaching a PDC at the community garden in Dungog (home of Doug Walters) and on the introduction I was showing and talking about publications participants might like to read as further education.

I showed Linda Woodrows book "the Permaculture Home Garden" and said that it had great information but "was not serious permaculture". One student had the temerity to ask why not and I had no good answer. I went home and reread it cover to cover and decided I was to implement it. 

In thinking on the why, I have decided that at the time it was "too neat" for my idea of permaculture which had been shown to be old tyres, irregular shapes, mulch and rampant weeds. You know what I mean? 

The harmonious interaction of the elements in the mandala design leads to the system working to support itself through the relationships and the injection of effort from chickens and people enhance the systems ability to be productive.

I love working in the garden. The shapes and the angles seem to project some calming influence over people in the garden and this seems to affect the food as well.

The fruit trees that grow between the mandalas account for a sizeable orchard and in time, provide for shade in summer. The areas where we make compost for six months of the year become very productive beds for the other six months.mandala design

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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes : I wish I had one of those! We follow your work and friends of ours speak very highly of you and your property,one day when I have time it would be great to work in and observe your efforts as a wwofer.Amazing!
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Mark Brown : Thanks Vanessa - give my regards to Fernando. We would love to have you come.
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Grahame Eddy
Grahame Eddy : It's beautiful Mark, but what I wish to know is, does yours always look so nice an tidy? Because mine certainly doesn't!
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Warren Clendenning
Warren Clendenning : I have worked with Mark in his mandala garden whilst doing my PDC and it is common sense approached to creating a wonderful and fully productive garden.
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Mark Brown
Mark Brown : We have our off days Grahame but with farm tours and courses and school trips, we need to stay fairly trim. Warren has planted out a few times and he will tell you we tidy up after. But for snail control mainly.
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Carly Gillham
Carly Gillham : Thanks for sharing, Mark... it looks amazing!
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Carly Gillham
Carly Gillham : Thanks for sharing, Mark... it looks amazing!
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Warren Clendenning
Warren Clendenning : Yes Grahame Mark does keep a "tight ship".
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