In this episode, Greg talks about how there is little time left in the season to get planting. Topics covered include; wild edibles (dandelions – give it a try), radishes (are they worth it?), early greens (thinning), wild strawberries, key indicators from nature for planting times, wisdom from angling (spring peppers = smelts), red buds on the maple trees begin to fall = brook-trout, wild strawberry blossom = sea-trout, don’t plant too deep etc.
Permaculture requires observation, and developing a closer connection to your ecosystem. It’s about watching things unfold in the natural world, and observing the connections.
Understanding your microclimate
It makes sense to tie your planting times to indicators in the microclimate where your garden is located – rather than by dates and charts that are calculated based on seasonal averages and assumptions that apply to large geographic areas – because in any geographical area there is variation, and thus, microclimates.
This is especially true in the Maritimes, because we have coastal areas, inland areas, and broad variations in elevation. There is also the factors that are unique to your growing site.
Get out there and get at it!
To read more about this weeks topic, check out Greg’s column in the Local Xpress – Click here