Or how to organize the implementation, the action and the understanding of how to make a circle garden…
by Krishna Mckenzie, Solitude Farm – Auroville
HOW TO MAKE IT?
- DIG A TRENCH
A single garden requires circular space of 3 metres diameter including pathways and trenches. Water is absolutely essential for this garden. Wastewater from the communities can be used for this purpose.
- COLLECT MULCH
Mulching around the plants and trenches along and with the circle will also reduce irrigation needs.
- FILL TRENCH WITH MULCH
Green, dry or wet is fine.
- ADD COMPOST AND LEVEL BED
- START PLANTING
For now plant only fruit tree, it is the heat season… What you can plant right now is the Ramphal (during may) in the middle of your circle garden. Around the circle, there is a banana, drumstick, papaya tree, turkey berry ans some spinaches and tapioca… As long as you water and mulch them.
- Pending July for planting the seeds…
WHAT IS A CIRCLE GARDEN?
A circle garden is based on the concept of Permaculture, integrating a variety of plants of different physiologies and time durations.
The circle garden has a central fruit tree such as Bullock’s heart, Custard Apple, Soursop, Citrus, Jackfruit etc., and other local plants such as Drumstick, Banana, Papaya, Chaya, Wild Chili, Curry leaf, Sweet leaf, Turkey Berry, Aloe Vera, Lemongrass, Sweet Potato, Tapioca, Spinaches, Gourds, Pumpkins, Ladies finger, Clitoria ternatea etc. growing around the fruit tree. All these plants grow easily, use less water, have high nutritional and medicinal values and taste great.
A circle garden is a great way to initiate a community garden project and pick up the skills and attitudes required to explore our relationship with where our food comes from.
This garden requires limited time and resources, can be managed easily by a single person and can be created right outside your house, in community spaces, along fences, around parking plots, in schools, around PTDC, Solar Kitchen, Auroville library, Visitor Center etc. The possibilities are limitless!
Many communities have already reached out and have started to create their gardens. The best time to start these gardens is NOW!
We are happy to provide plants, seeds, contacts for composts, biomass, ideas and energy to start in Auroville communities. We will also follow up on the progress of the gardens and offer continuing support.