This term our children will learn the art of permaculture. It’s all about growing vegetables incorporating water-wise techniques. If we cultivate our soil with stars and layer our soil with absorbent stones, it will need less water. As we plant complimentary plants together, thus creating a thriving ecosystem. Each herb and plant serves the next in our little ecosystem gardens; basil provides the insects that eat the fruit-eaters on the tomato plants, as well as shade. The nasturtiums provide ground cover which attract snails, thus protecting taller herbs, simultaneously attracting pollinators which allow the garden to thrive. Shade, insects and sufficient mulch allow our plants to grow with minimal water.

Our Nature Network extra-mural group at Little Bosch experiment with water-wise ways to plant vegetables. Here we planted butter lettuce in small bio-domes.