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.
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.
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.