- Not sure on how or where to position your garden?
- Want to know how you can optimize your garden efficiency?
- Need some advice on your soil composition and how to improve it?
- Want some raised beds constructed?
- Got an ugly, unkempt part of the garden that you’d like to see put to use producing delicious fruit or veggies?
- Too pressed for time to do it all yourself?
If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of the above, you’d better give us a call!
I can offer advice and assist with your edible garden, design so that it’s functional and aesthetically pleasing. My garden designs are based on the Principles of Permaculture. The aim of my garden designs is to create an outdoor space that is
- Aesthetically Pleasing
- Low Maintenance
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a word originally coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid 1970’s to describe an “integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man”. They were both based in Tasmania at the time. After 30 years Permaculture may rank as one of Australia’s most significant “intellectual exports”.
“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.” – Bill Mollison
A more current definition of Permaculture is “Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs.”
How I see Permaculture
To me, Permaculture is an applied science and ethical design system, based on observation and analysis of natural systems. By utilizing Permaculture design principles, my designs help my clients to reconnect with the earth, seasonality and nature. The designs assist in working with nature, rather than against it
By copying nature’s blueprint and enhancing it with useful plants and animals, we aim to create productive, edible landscapes that are as close to self-sustaining as possible. Reading the landscape enables us to identify microclimates, and to use them to our advantage to grow an array of food plants. Through the use of guilds and zoning systems, we create efficient landscapes, which require less energy and effort to maintain. These landscapes, provide food produced with a smaller ecological footprint, and an informed knowledge, of what has been used in the production of this food.
“Through my designs, I enable my clients to live in a more sustainable manner through increasing productivity and by reducing waste, ongoing energy inputs, and maintenance requirements.”
– Duncan Cocking
Once you’re happy with the design suggestions, we can help you realize the vision by building your raised veggie beds, preparing the soil and planting it out for you, if required.
Contact us to discuss your requirements today.