In a permaculture garden such as ours, things are often closer to a natural state. Things are more chaotic, often without the straight rows and order of a traditional vegetable garden. Things look messy. Some plants are allowed to go to seed – for example a radish in the polytunnel, which I am allowing to flower so we get the delicious seed pods and then of course some seeds to plant next year.
The polytunnel is probably fuller than it ought to be – peas and beans spill over the paths and tomatoes crowd ever upwards on the other side. But by using vertical gardening techniques and building frames for the cucumber plants and some squash to grow up we have been able to fit more into a smaller space.
Out the front, the vegetable beds are also beginning to look more abundant, in spite of the mixed and unpredictable weather we have been having.
It all may look chaotic but underneath it all there is order. We are producing almost all the vegetables we need now – salads galore, mange tout and peas, the first few broad beans, potatoes, onions, spring onions, tiny garlic, a few tomatoes, radishes, chard, spinach, calabrese. The calabrese are all almost ready to harvest – we have already had a couple of the heads. But after the main heads have been picked I will not uproot the plants as they will still provide many more little heads over the weeks to come.
Next month the peas and broad beans will be in full swing, we should have some courgettes too, I hope. Not everything is perfect, but that is the way it should be. I love the fact that it is all so natural.