Added by on 2016-06-20

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote This idea came to me from the book “Sowing seeds in the desert” that I’m still working on finishing. And I spontaneously ended up putting in a new garden bed in the backyard; a sunken bed to crow corn and cowpeas and some other Az summer veggies in their shade. Blog: Facebook:… Email: Pinterest: Twitter: Video Rating: / 5


  • Roy McGibbon Permaculture where the heart is! 4 years ago

    Hi El, shade is something I have to work to develop working in the desert with very little annual water, some of my grasses are protected so I can't cutback or pull but naturally there is wild rosemary growing in the shade of the grasses and then other smaller plants growing in the shade of the rosemary. I've planted reeds on the banks of my swales to shade the pomegranate and mimosa trees to shade the reeds, pomegranates & figs. Its slow but having a vision for the future is important to help the permanent vision 😉  Great work! ;-)

  • Bob M Tyranny Destroyer bass covers 4 years ago

    The concept is an amazing idea. Tricking the weeds into dying early (without pesticides) after using them to shade the seedlings super cool! I had to stop myself from making "premature germination" jokes :P

  • Katherine Taylor 4 years ago

    That is a great idea Liz, but I tried planting corn and popcorn near each other and they cross pollinated and I ended up with a whole lot of nothing.

  • 420Homestead™ 4 years ago

    I do this in my back yard to give my chickens more weeds to munch on. I know what areas have the most weeds so a few weeks before monsoon rains i germinate all the weed seeds by watering them. That way when we get monsoons they have already sprouted and now they can use that rain water to grow bigger…I DO NOT however experience a premature die off. They last just as long as they normally would plus the additional time from prematurely germinating them.

    Girl i thought you were getting your fence fixed! lol it looking a little rough…high winds knock some more over maybe?

    Good job on those beds. That is how i do wheat and bean plots. Something i would suggest is in your mounds around the plots maybe do some mini hugel mounds by burying some organic matter (sticks, small logs, leaves, grass, woodchips) under the dirt…that way you also get higher edges to the plot without having to move as much dirt.

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