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Photo by Unsplash/Cherry Laithang

The first step in the permaculture design process is observation on site. In the northern hemisphere, creating thermal mass to the garden’s north provides a warming effect.

The northern edge of the garden also has the opportunity to house a vertical strutter that can bolster harvests for small spaces. We erected a vertical wall where we grow herbs on the vertical in pockets, and artichokes and Jerusalem artichokes atop the wooden structure. Our garden receives approximately 150 pounds of herbs and produce on this added urban garden vertical system.


Photo by Joshua Burman Thayer 

Increase Edges and Margins

The next place we found increased capacity was in the gardens edges. On all 68 raised beds in our gardens, we plant the fringes of the beds in beans and peas continually in succession. In addition, we grow peas  or runner beans on trellis on all northern edges. These north edge walls give added vertical growing space while also serving as wind blocks without shading other plants.



A pea trellis may not seem like much of a wind break, but 70 of them begins to make a difference in urban lots.

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2/26/2020 10:24:41 PM

Thank you for the great ideas! I've got to get my free range chickens under control so I can garden my yard! Also One of those hanging vertical planters looked like an over the door shoe organizer! Ha!! Love the permaculture references and links.🌱🌿💙






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