Year 2015 Calendar – Australia. Kookaburra Organics. Companion Planting – Sustainable Gardening Australia. Once the realm of the hardcore, hippy, home gardener, companion planting is now an incredibly popular practice – from beginner gardeners right up to large-scale agriculture.
But, despite its popularity (it is huge in Europe), companion planting is often misunderstood, misused and misrepresented as the “cure-all solution” to problems in the patch. So what is companion planting? Essentially, it’s a method of growing plants together, with the idea that they will assist each other in some way, like deterring pests, improving growth, enhancing flavour, attracting beneficial insects, fixing nitrogen, disrupting “patterns” and trap cropping.
But, just as we have good neighbours, there are bad neighbours as well. Some plants really dislike each other, and shouldn’t be planted in close quarters, lest one of them struggle or meet its untimely demise. Mythbusters – Does it Actually Work? Now, the “Big Question”: does it work? Secondly, it doesn’t work so well because it isn’t understood. Eden Seeds - The best place to buy non-hybrid non-GMO open-pollinated and organic vegetable, herb, flower, and tree seeds.
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All three of these fertility campaigns are built around dynamic accumulators --- plants that concentrate micro and macronutrients from the soil into their leaves, stems, and roots. Robert Kourik's book seems to be the source of most of the data in more current books and websites about dynamic accumulators, and once again I compiled the most useful species into a dynamic accumulator spreadsheet. Looking for a calcium-rich plant to help harden your chicken's eggshells? Why not grow some comfrey or dandelions. Need to boost the nitrogen content of low fertility soil? All summer, as I dragged our heaviest chicken tractor up and down a steep hill in the mule garden, I've been considering planting a dynamic accumulator patch there to be mowed at intervals, providing fertility to nearby garden beds. Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? The Facts about Dynamic Accumulators. Within the world of Permaculture we often find reference to plants known as Dynamic Accumulators.
In brief, this is the idea that certain plants (often deep-rooted ones) will draw up nutrients from the lower layers of the soil, and these nutrients will be stored in the plants’ leaves. When the leaves fall in autumn and winter and are broken down, those stored nutrients are then incorporated into the upper layers of the soil where other plants will benefit from their deposition. As a physician, I strive for scientific accuracy. I understand the scientific method and the world of academia. I know, beyond doubt, the benefit this arena has provided for the world. Comfrey (Symphytum species) is one of the most popular Dynamic Accumulators.
So with our scientific minds turned on, let’s examine the concept of dynamic accumulators. We will start with the scientific evidence… Unfortunately, there is not much. Well then, how did this concept of dynamic accumulators get started? Photo References: Permaculture News, Information, Forums, Courses and Worldwide Reports. Welcome To Successful Gardening with Annette McFarlane. Tutorials/Shelters. Shelters are created by players to essentially pass the night and fend off mobs.
A list of shelter design and tutorials are as follows. Some Types of Shelters to Consider[edit | edit source] An example of a large shelter. A mountain hideoutA small dirt shack (Good for the first night)Small one or two story houseLarge 2 or 3 story houseA hill fortA treehouseAn underground shelterA small fortA larger fort or castleA walled off area (Even if there is no ceiling, it will still let you sleep if it's closed off)A very large castle (about 40×40×23)A mansion (Bigger than 30×30×10)A cabinA dugout(When making it, you will gain and not use blocks,unless you run into an opening that you want to block off.)
Generally you will want to start basic, don't over-exert yourself on the first day! Shelters for the first night[edit | edit source] Here are some options for a shelter on your first night that can be built with limited resources. Hole in the wall[edit | edit source] Atop a pillar[edit | edit source] Zoo.