Plant Stacking

“An audio stream conversation about permaculture and introduction to plant stacking” 

Here in the membership we have people in the community who may be experienced gardeners and others who may be new to growing. Wherever you are on the gardening and growing scale the first, most important key to growing is;

Observing nature.  

The art of looking at nature is an act that all gardeners must practice regularly.  Every day I go out to the garden I’m watching what is growing, what looks happy where, what looks like it’s struggling. I’m watching the sun patterns, the way the water moves on the leaves and soil. I’m noticing what bugs are around and how the trees move in the distance.

Because nature informs us.  

The concept of observation is explained further in the Permaculture system where we are reminded that every ecosystem has different plant species that vary in heights. For instance in forests we see that  mature trees are tall enough to canopy the forest and we see shrubs and small trees stacked below with perfectly blanketed ground covers and climbers creeping below. 

Image from Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison Page 21

Each species exists according to it’s light, soil and water requirements and each works in relationship with one another to create the right climate for the collective requirements. So when planting consider planting species/ plants that support the plants around it. This might mean growing sunflowers and allowing beans the trealise off the sunflowers or growing fast growing crops next to slow growing crops to create the right growing  conditions for the slow grower. However you use this idea of “plant stacking” or looking to nature for design cues is perfect. Have fun with your designs and make any mistakes, a way of learning how to co create with nature better next time.  

Happy Gardening 



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