Image credit: Growing Your Greens
From an awesome tour of an urban permaculture allotment through wild permaculture forest gardening on the BBC to greening the deserts of Jordan, we've seen plenty of great footage of how permaculture design can help grow healthy, productive food systems that need minimal inputs or management. Here we see another example growing in the heart of San Francisco, and I am reminded yet again why permaculture is so ideally suited to collective, community gardening.
While some of its most ardent advocates will claim that permaculture designs can be almost completely self sufficient, I've yet to see a system like that. From harvesting to occasional weeding to mulching and watering, most permaculture gardens still require significant human management. But crucially, such inputs can usually be done at less regular intervals than a traditional garden based on annual vegetable garden—which may need daily watering in the summer.
While a backyard garden may get frequent attention, a community garden more typically relies on weekend workdays and big volunteer "blitzes". So the focus on perennial plants, and the implementation of initially labor-intensive but relatively maintenance-free infrastructure like swales and recycled stone earthworks, makes total sense for a community garden situation.
Many thanks to John of Growing Your Greens for a great video tour. It's a shame no gardeners were there to introduce the fruits of their labors, but as John says in his video comments—minimal labor goes into this garden, nature grows by itself!
More on Permaculture Gardening
Awesome Tour of an Urban Permaculture Allotment (Video)
Wild Permaculture Forest Gardening on the BBC (Video)
Permaculture Greens the Deserts of Jordan, But Why Are People so Wary? (Video)