- Project 3 is about designing and implementing the panya contour garden beds. It's been an ongoing project which I started in June 2011 and was finished in December 2011.
I have received help and support in implementing the design and with some design elements from a number of course participants (during two permaculture in practice courses here at Panya in June/July).
The whole process of designing and creating the garden has been a joyful experience. This is the kind of project that I feel very at home doing, it comes very naturally to me and i can really sink my teeth into it.
A lot of different people helped out with the construction of the beds over several "Permaculture in practice" workshops that we hosted at the Panya project. I know that it was a great learning experience and inspiration for many people.
- To create a productive and aesthetically pleasing garden design based on no till organic gardening methods.
- To provide a practical example of how to best use space (water, access, structures) and resources effectively. In a garden environment.
- To maximise the potential for catching and storing energy (water) in the system and nullifying overland flow by creating a zero run-off garden
- To build soil, prevent nutrient loss, and prevent silting (by erosion) of low lying creek at the edge of our property.
- To allow soil organisms and macrofauna to proliferate in the soil (by not getting washed away in the heavy monsoon rains) and so facilitate soil building/cation exchange and vertical penetration capacities within the soil.
- To integrate a number of raised, sunken and ground level beds into the garden to help improve resilience. Due to tropical climate and weather patterns I.e. Very heavy monsoon rains making flooding a definite risk and prolonged dry spells in the dry season which make droughts common.