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! 

Beautiful film clip of Robyn Francis at her Permaculture demonstration site. I completed my PDC with Robyn at Djanbung eleven years ago and it really is a gorgeous place to study.

Picked a good amount of lovely ripe blackcurrants today, growing in our fruit cage. Next are the redcurrants that are slowly ripening in the forest garden.

Duck frenzy in swale

The PRI Tap o’ Noth ducks enjoying a flooded swale.

Good afternoon of berry picking - fruit coming in from the fruit cage and off the swale berms.

Good afternoon of berry picking - fruit coming in from the fruit cage and off the swale berms.