But as usual, the author is in another country, dealing with a tremendously different climate than mine. Would a garden polyculture work here? Our season is so long, would it get too overgrown? How would I mix perennials, annuals, and forage plants for the bees and other pollinators?
Here’s another blog in Los Angeles:
Polyculture is the practice of planting a community of interrelated, interdependent plants, mimicking in your garden (in our case a raised vegetable bed) the complex relationships that are found between plants in nature.
In the case of food crops, a polyculture tries to set up conditions where you can eat almost continually out of a garden bed filled with different varieties of plants maturing at different times. The faster growing plants protect the tender ones from the sun. The thickness of the planting virtually eliminates weeds, and also functions as a living mulch, keeping the soil moist and cool beneath a carpet of green. These beds look quite different than the tidy rows of carrots and cabbages one sees.
Los Angeles is more similar to our climate than England, but winter is our dry season. We get very little rain in winter and spring. All of our rain is in the summer and fall, hurricane season. I don’t think their suggestions would work here. Here’s a cool graphic web of companion plants:
So many ideas here!
If you were going to plant a bed polyculture, what would you plant? What about a food forest?