Another before and after - this time the lower half of the forest garden & the main crop area which we began creating March this year (2014). Still a work in progress but so far we have……
Two swales planted to fruit trees (apple, damson, pear, cherry) and shrubs (blackcurrant, aronia and goji) with support species of broom, alder, comfrey as well as a whole load of cover crops, herbs and vegetables. An elder, hazel and willow hedgerow. A large planting of potatoes, peas and pumpkin. Two small polytunnels and the chicken forage system.

Chicken forage crop germinated well.

Chicken forage crop germinated well.

Looking through the kale to our WWOOFer caravan.

Looking through the kale to our WWOOFer caravan.

Check out this article about the duck system here at Permaculture Research Institute Tap o’ Noth, Scotland.
http://pri-tap.com/2014/07/14/ducks-in-the-bath/

Check out this article about the duck system here at Permaculture Research Institute Tap o’ Noth, Scotland.

http://pri-tap.com/2014/07/14/ducks-in-the-bath/

Chicken forage system & attached polytunnel

An area, attached to the main chicken yard, where we can plant forage crops to reduce the need for off-site feed and to give the chickens extra space. A dividing fence enables rotational planting/foraging. An attached polytunnel makes use of the chicken forage fence as a supporting wall, providing a growing frame for climbers needing that extra heat.

Ducks in a Permaculture system

You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency” – Bill Mollison

It was reading the above quote that made us want to acquire some ducks here at PRI Tap o’ Noth. The idea of using the natural foraging instinct of the duck to rid our Kitchen Garden of slugs and snails, by encouraging them to browse through our garden systems, was very appealing.

The ducks enjoying a flooded swale

The ducks enjoying a flooded swale.

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Picking Gooseberries from the Kitchen Garden swale.
PRI Tap o’ Noth, Scotland.

Picking Gooseberries from the Kitchen Garden swale.

PRI Tap o’ Noth, Scotland.

The beginning (2012) and now (2014) 

Showing the transformation of the bottom slope of our Kitchen Garden here PRI Tap o’ Noth, Scotland.

Dinner! 

Dinner!