MEDITERRANEAN: Best Permaculture Design for a Flat Block?
(Lithia, FL, US)
I really enjoy this site and I just recently purchased a 15 acre piece of farmland in Florida, USA. I am very interested in permaculture farming including plants and animals and also some of the earthworks, aquaculture, etc. This is a very flat piece of land with fairly good soil and good water. I am just not sure where to start. Is there a certain book you would recommend or get someone to help me design a permaculture farm, etc. My ultimate goal would be to grow most of the food I eat plus have a small surplus to sell at farmer's markets, etc. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
MEG: I WOULD START WITH DAMS/CHINAMPAS IF THERE IS A GOOD CLAY SUBSOIL LAYER. THE SOIL EXCAVATED WILL GIVE YOU SOME ELEVATED AREAS YOU COULD DESIGN TO FORM WINDBREAKS IN THE FORM OF A SUN TRAP, PLUS BANKS TO DIRECT WATER TO YOUR DAM AND PROVIDE GOOD DRAINAGE FOR FOOD PLANTS. JOIN YOUR LOCAL PERMACULTURE OR GARDENING GROUP AND TALK TO LOCALS ON WHAT FOOD PLANTS DO WELL IN YOUR AREA AND DESIGN FOR THEM THE MICROCLIMATES THEY NEED TO THRIVE. I WOULD ALSO PLANT NITROGEN FIXING PASTURES AND TREES PLUS HAVE MY SOIL TESTED BY A PERRY LABORATORY, AND START ANY ORGANIC SOIL AMENDMENTS NEEDED.