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SBV - Introduction

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Transcript of SBV - Introduction

INTRODUCTION
WE FOCUS ON THE PRINCIPLES & WORK FROM PATTERNS TO DETAIL
Introduction to different forms of backyard gardening and the principles & path to a healthy garden
How soil functions & how to create and manage a healthy soil profile
'Mechanisms of fertility', how to build them for a healthy garden
How to test, analyze & balance your soil
Fertilizers for the backyard veggie garden, keeping your soil fed
How to design effective crop rotations and schedules
How to prepare your ground for planting or sowing
How to design & build your garden beds
How to raise healthy seedlings for transplanting
How to perform simple seed saving methods
CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES
You don't need a lot
of space to grow your
vegetables! Start small...

For 2 people, a 10m X 10m space would be enough to provide most of your yearly
vegetables. Set a target e.g; 75% backyard 25% local.

"Growing your own food is about cultivating deeper relationships with individual plants and the natural world. Knowing your systems very intimately."
NO DIG
VERGE
COMMON FORMS & METHODS OF
BACKYARD GARDENING

RAISED
CONTAINER
STRAWBALE
NATURAL / WILD
BUILD YOUR SOIL
Feed the soil not the plant -
Healthy soil, healthy plant, healthy human
A healthy soil is a mineral balanced soil
Always use the most fertile soil you
have to build from
PURE WATER
INTEGRATE
COMMUNITY !!!!!
BUILD DIVERSITY
Incorporate diversity into all your systems – grow diversity for resilience.
Integrate your plants together. Communities of companion plants, look to build relationships between plant communities with functional connections... including perennials!!
CAPTURE SUNLIGHT
Always keep the soil moist and hydrated
Always keep something growing in the ground, never leave it bare or without plants.
Annual vegetables love a soil with 50-60% field capacity
Aim to collect as much solar energy as possible
Use solar energy to create as much biomass as possible
Every square inch of soil is possibility! and should be used to provide something of function to your system
GOOD DESIGN
Produce no waste
Use renewable resources
create waste management cycles that build soil nutrition
ROTATE YOUR CROPS!!!!
CARE & LOVE
Maintenance
Hygiene - keep weeds and habitat for pests at bay with selective habitat modification
Observe and interact with your plants and garden, accept feedback
OBTAIN A YIELD
Re-distribute your surplus
to the community
Save your seed!
PRINCIPLES
OF A
HEALTHY
GARDEN
"I think sometimes we expect far too little in terms of production from our backyard gardens, but in fact you can grow a large amount of amazing, nutrient dense food in a small space. And a lot of it is about giving yourself permission to get serious."
Kirsten Bradley
MILKWOOD PERMACULTURE
“The ultimate goal of farming/gardening is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
Masanobu Fukuoka
The One-Straw Revolution
PATH TO A PRODUCTIVE GARDEN
KNOW YOUR CONTEXT
KNOW YOUR PLANT
Biennial
Annual
FACTORS THAT AFFECT A VEGETABLE PLANTS GROWTH
Sunlight
Temperature
Water (+quality)
Wind
Competition
Root or crown shock
Pest & disease attack
Frost
Humidity
Soil quality
minerals
ph
structure
texture
toxicity
Human culturing
COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ANNUAL VEGE PLANT
ROOTS - STEMS - SEED - LEAF - HABIT
A VEGETABLE'S ECOLOGY
Low successional stage
Grow WITH perennials!!
Grow WITH animals!!
Build soil & diversity
Habitat for many annual insects and soil micro and macro fauna
KNOW THE PRINCIPLES
DEVELOP YOUR SYSTEMS
MECHANISMS OF
FERTILITY
(
)
*IMPLEMENT* *EXPERIENCE*
*OBSERVE*
*ACCEPT
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