Plant for Nourishment
When we plant to nourish ourselves and our communities we, in turn, care for the soil and other natural resources. We take less for granted. There is nothing more satisfying to me than growing, harvesting and cooking food, and I love to include edible plants in my designs.
Building Soil Health
Caring for the soil is one of the most important principles of sustainable gardening. Soil health is essential for bountiful, nutritious harvests and thriving communities. I use soil building techniques, natural mulches, fertilizers and organic matter to maintain healthy soil, the way nature intended.
I have always been drawn to Permaculture design principles that reflect nature's wisdom; gardens that inlcude perennial, annual, edible and ornamental species which thrive in relation to one another and transform from year to year. Herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables all deserve a place in the garden.
Using plant species that are native to our region is important for local ecosystems. These plants provide food and habitat to local insect and animal populations, aid in erosion control, compete with aggressive, non-native species and add beauty and diversity to the landscape. Their presence allows us to cultivate a deeper sense of place.