When I observe where and how Paw Paw trees thrive, I see some of the same natural patterns over and over again. They like rich soil, lots of mulch and being next to moister source. Paw Paw trees are mostly found in nature, on the high banks of creeks and rivers or next to low spots in the woods. Of course the creeks and rivers have water, but low spots hold on the water as well. How can we design the paw paw needs into a planting method. After a lot of thought, a fertility bed or a banana circle.
If you dig a bed that meets your area, shape I don’t think has to be a circle. Dig the bed 2 feet in depth and pile the soil you dug out and ring the bed to make a berm of soft soil. Plant your paw paw trees in the berm. Fill the fertility bed with all manners of organic matter. Lots of wood, brush, hay, leaves, grass clippings, etc. Fill up the bed to the top of the berm with all the organic material. I would say 70% woody material and only 30% green material will give you a great fungal growing medium for the Paw Paw trees.
Compost and building soil, Regenerative Permaculture farm and garden podcast 20
Making compost is a great product for any garden. We look the carbon to nitrogen ratio, brown to green for making compost. Bringing air and moister to a compost pile. how big and what size does the compost pile need to be. Air is important to the compost pile, turning the compost will give you this.
Making compost is a great product for any garden. We look the carbon to nitrogen ratio, then we look at building soil on scale.
Permaculture basics part 1, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and garden Podcast 19
I want to do a permaculture basics series, for the ones of you that are not dyed in the wool permaculture nuts or are just getting started. The first thing is to not let the Perma police and internet snipers kill your mojo. The main reason I want to do this is so you can see good permaculture design is not to much for you to do. Keep in mind, is that it is your system is for you life style and purpose. Don’t let strangers influence you or make you have a system for them. Social shame has no place in your system. You do not need to be an expert to build the system that will work best for you. It is ok not to know everything. It is OK to screw some things up. The end game is to learn, permaculture is not a pass or fail test. Permaculture is a journey that leads you to a better and more simple and rewarding life.
Paw paw Trees and creative food forest on the cheap, Regenerative Permaculture Farm & Garden Podcast 18
Paw Paw trees are are a great regenerative and permaculture tree for many reasons. It can feed you, makes great beer and ice cream, plus it can be a farm and garden income. We look at starting them from seeds, propagation, grafting and how many paw paw trees per acre you can plant. we talk about the standard orchard layout and a more diverse way to set up the fruit farm or food forest. we cover a lot of ground on the paw paw from places that sell them and what you need to keep in mind.
Then we look at a way to use and buy property to get a jump start on a established food forest or a fruit farm income stream. Not only can you learn to look at trees on a property for yourself, but a way to make income from this strategy. farming skills and grafting tree skills can produce income for the person that looks at his or her business in a different way.
Farmer composts 14 million dollars to build soil, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 17
I was just on a farm that was going to bush hog millions of dollars into mulch. I’m not making this up, true story. Besides what money/value being bush hogged they are also spraying a few more million dollars of real world value with round up.
We also look at designing a tree nursery that is ethical, low energy, high cash flow, no planting cost and ends inventory issues.
If your need money to buy a farm, change how you see money, resources and value. In today’s world there are a lot of want to be farmers that THINK they can’t afford farm ground, tools and plants. The reason that future young farmers have such a hard time is that they want someone to give them something for nothing or that wealth only comes from a pay check. Money is all around each of us, most folks just don’t see it. If they don’t see it, they have to trade labor and time for money. This approach is common, but not as productive to build wealth as understanding value. Once you see the value all around you, YOU have to do the work.
Muscadines in permaculture, how to store bare root plants, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 16
Muscadines are a amazing permaculture plant for those in the south. No bug issues, no need for chemicals and they taste awesome. We look at the roots of the muscadine and how to design our permaculture to fit this very cool vine plant that takes advantage of vertical space. There is no reason to build grape vines, we can find holes in our personal systems to add a productive vine plant like muscadine, grapes and Kiwi’s. Plus we talk about bare root plants that come in the mail or directly from a nursery, how to heel them in. How to handle these bare root plants that can not go right into the ground. So basically how to keep bare roots alive before they are planted.
Fertility garden farm beds part 2, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 15
Getting more in the weeds on fertility beds for gardens and farms. A interesting method for regenerative farming by permaculture design. Fertility beds can be used on annual and perennial plants. They can be used for tree systems. Fertility beds can use water from roofs, hoop houses, roads, side walks, trails and grey water systems. They can be straight, circles, circles with islands, shapes, flowing curved beds. You can plant in the beds. You can grow grapes, blackberries, and raspberries. You can wrap fertility beds around and through tree systems. Sounds like bad joke about shrimp and Forrest Gump. Give them a try and see if they work for you in your garden or on your farm.
How to make a over 10,000 % profit on sweet corn, open your mind to build wealth! Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 14
There is no reason for you to be poor or struggle with income as a grower in permaculture, farming, regenerative work or any natural farming. NONE, NONE, NONE! Income can be hard or not as hard. The difference is in the mind of the grower, not the market or the society. I’m not exaggerating on the 10,000 percent gain in wealth from sweet corn, it is over 30,000%. IT IS NOT THAT HARD! IT IS NOT COMPLICATED! but, oh yes, there is a but. You have to change the way you see things. Not how to save more, not trying to cut cost, not trying to scale or sell more produce. You have to change the way you see the value in any plant, product or service. Change your perspective and change your income.
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.
Tree propagation for Permaculture, how and why, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 12
Permaculture is design, but the design need physical aspects to become more than imagination. Trees are a major part of a lot of permaculture and regenerative farms and organic food garden systems. Have you priced quality trees lately, the price might give anyone sticker shock when buying a volume of trees. Lets face it, too plant what we can see on some videos of permaculture and regenerative farms would bust the several hundred thousand mark and even over a million dollars in plants. That cost will make most of us weak in the knees. First off, most systems are not planted at one time, but over several years. The real money to build a real system if you buy all your plants can be over whelming.
So why grow your own trees, you can save money, extend your systems, build more diversity with in your system, and make some of that evil money we all hear about. These are practical reasons to grow your own trees. We cover several reasons you should have your own permaculture or regenerative farm or back yard tree nursery. As you will see, propagating your own trees is not complicated, no degree is needed. Folks have been propagating trees for thousands of years. No Google, internet or college degree was needed for them. You can do this. You can reap the rewards of growing trees as your system also reaps the rewards from you growing trees. Plus, propagating trees is just plain cool and fun!