My latest project is a 100 sq meter garden in a town called Middenbeemster. Here i am experimenting with the conditions that are present here in the north of Holland. The soil is very compact and made of allmost 100 % pure clay. This area is the first polder ever made in the whole world! The area is exactly 400 years old. The soil is very fertile because this area used to be swamp and lakes before it was polderised.
My garden is designed around a three sister guild taken from the old astecs from south Americas. 1 corn, 2 beans, 3 pumpkin.
Although the cold north winds didn’t allow for speedy growth i did get some harvest from this experiment.
There are lots of strawberries from the last tenant of this piece of earth.
And to my surprise there was an abundant amount of marigold flowers which we used to make calendula cream from.
And although this year was a learning experience i did get lots of harvest from this small piece of land. Next year with lessons learned from this year i should get way more yield in produce! lets see what happens!
And last but definitely not least, i sowed a lot of flowers to help our little friends the bees get their nectar.
It was an explosion of colours and smells this last summer! A feast for all senses and what permaculture and gardening is all about!