December 16, 2020
Definition: A garden that incorporates components of permaculture to increase crop diversity and maximize year-round production.
A Closer Look: When creating a permagarden, farmers can apply a variety of permaculture components, including composting, permanent raised or sunken beds, water conservation management, specific plant groupings, and integrated pest management.
Permagardens and Forest Gardens: Farmers are introduced to the concept of creating a permagarden at the beginning of their training with TREES because it is such an integral part of establishing a Forest Garden. Permagardens are vital to the health and success of a Forest Garden as it provides a substantial source of food and income for farmers and their families.
One of the main objectives of a permagarden is to be able to harvest crops year-round. In order to create a successful permagarden in climates with drastic wet and dry seasons, farmers must plan with the weather in mind. To assist farmers in deciding what they want to cultivate to eat and sell each month of the year, TREES has developed seasonality calendars as helpful analysis tools.