Isn't that swale

A rain garden is set in a swale to collect and hold water between Debby Luquette’s vegetable garden and apple guild (i.e., apple tree with companion plantings).

Permaculture is a word that’s being thrown around, discussed, dissected and idolized by some gardeners in recent years. I thought I knew what it was until someone asked me to define it. So I looked up ‘permaculture’ to get a better idea. It is no till gardening. It is gardening with nature. It is healthy, resilient gardening. It is edible landscaping. It is a life style. Does that clear things up? It only muddled things for me, too.

Originally the term, ‘permaculture,’ was coined by an Australian, Bill Mollison, in the 1970s as a combination of the words permanent and agriculture, to describe a method of farming that was more holistic than large scale farming as it is currently practiced. The story goes that while Mollison worked in Tasmania, he observed how the animals interacted with their environment in such a way that the environment was maintained in a healthy, interconnected condition rather than depleted as in the manner of modern agricultural practices.

Debby Luquette is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg. The phone number is 717-334-6271.

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