Today on Grow Edible I talk permaculture, earthworks, and perennials with Permies.com founder Paul Wheaton. Paul is the always outspoken, often unorthodox and occasionally wonderfully obnoxious “bad boy” of the Permaculture world.
Today us today as we discuss:
- What it takes to run the largest Permaculture forum on the internet.
- Plant guilds and why apple trees are happier without the orchard.
- How to let plants find their own best niche by creating lumpy, crazy, non-homogenous soil.
- What carbohydrate will feed bacteria and starve yeast overgrowth in the gut.
- How Permaculture lets Paul be lazy.
- Why it’s so important that you put a crown on an earthworks dam.
- Why sunchokes would be the greatest food perennial ever, if it weren’t for all that farting.
- Paul’s new Three-DVD set on Permaculture earthworks, World Domination Gardening, and his mini-documentary on urban hugelkultur techniques.
Additional information and resources for today’s episode:
- Permies.com, the largest permaculture forum on the internet.
- The World Domination Gardening DVD set on Permaculture style earthworks for people with some acreage. Link to preview and purchase on Vimeo.com
- The Hugelkultur Micro Documentary for urban and small acreage people interested in hugelkultur beds. Link to purchase on Scubbly.
- Paul’s Richsoil.com articles on hugelkultur, lawn care for the cheap and lazy, and rocket mass heaters.
- My own experiments in building a half-ass hugelkultur bed.
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The theme music for the Grow Edible Podcast is Rodeo, graciously provided by my friend, the supremely talented Kristen Ward. You can find Kristen’s music on iTunes and Amazon. Rodeo is off the Last Night on Division album – it’s one of my favorites!
Perpetual hat tip to Erik and Kelly of Root Simple, the cool Godparents of the urban homesteading movement. Erik and Kelly put out a sharp and edutaining podcast in addition to writing great books, running a fantastic blog and generally spreading their urban farm wisdom far and wide. They graciously allowed me to steal their phrase “audio companion.”2