Banana Circle or Fertility Beds for cooler climate zones, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 13
Are Banana circles good for cool temperate climates? Banana circles are more for tropical climates for growing bananas. The reason this method works so well for the bananas is that the organic material pit meets the needs of the banana trees and the landowner at the same time. So as not to confuse anyone about the banana or the circle, we will call these pits and ditches fertility beds. Part of the reason I’m calling this method fertility beds is that the designer can design this technique is a endless shapes to meet the integrity of the design.
With the fertility beds or banana circles can be used to grow tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, corn, grains, herbs, comfrey, fruit bushes, certain trees and nursery stock. These fertility beds do a couple of things in a powerful way. They hold moister and can feed plants with high nitrogen and high fertility. For the right plants, these two functions will produce a vigorous healthy plant. For the farmer or gardener, it also makes the process easy to feed and water plants. Are the fertility beds the end all to gardening and farming technique to save the world, NO, it should be looked at like a instrument in an orchestra. The sound of the orchestra is the permaculture design and fertility beds is like violin or harp in the orchestra. The fertility beds just need to be in tune with the complex music.