I have been trying to wrap my mind around using the principals of permaculture to use the space that I do have in a more sustainable way that works with nature and for me.
I started studying Permaculture a short while back from a link posted by Africanaussie. In her Australian garden she is using some of the ideas with great success. Here is her blog site:
And the site for learning about Permaculture:
One of the areas of my yard came to mind that could be improved is the area around my old Mango tree stump.
This area is a path that I walk around most every time I go in the backyard.
It gets full sun most all the day long making it a great place to have my container vegetables.
The space gets little water as it is outside the reach of my lawn sprinkler so the grass is mostly dead.
The dogs use this area as a trail.
This area is hard to mow and hard to keep the grass looking half decent.
So with the permaculture principals in mind I have converted the space into my own crop circle.
Here is the rear view of the crop circle. Well actually it isn't a circle but it is good enough for government work as my father used to say.
What advantages did this achieve?
The circle eliminates much of the hard to grow and mow grass area and converts it to a mulched pathway around the stump.
The 4x4 posts side by side give me a stable platform to set the 5 gallon containers on. This gets them up off of the ground assuring they will drain properly out of the holes in the container bottoms. It also gives me about 25 linear feet of raised surface to set my vegetable containers on around the ring.
The mulched area inside the ring leaves a path to access all the containers around the stump as well as a path for the dogs . The dogs like it already and have been lying in the path soaking up the sun.
Here is the entrance view to the crop circle area.
It benefits me by reducing my lawn area while still utilizing the sunny space for the vegetables.
This simple change has transformed the gestalt of the area making it more inviting and aesthetically pleasing.
Or as we say in the South it looks more better!