Joshua Finch

Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

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Ah, an archetypical permaculture zones of use chart. So elegant in its simplicity, yet bewildering to those who wish to transpose it. Just what are permaculture zones of use and why do they matter? Permaculture zones of use are at once an organizing force during the design process as well as a management tool. They directly aid our efforts by offering simple, but effective logic to the positioning of design […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden 2015: Future Projects

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Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. Part Four can be found here. Part Five can be found here. Nitrogen Fixer Stacking Because we have many seeds for false indigo bushes and black locust (Amorpha fruticosa and Robinia pseudoacacia, respectively), they should be germinated in early spring and set into containers […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden 2014: Perennial Fruit Integration & Micro-water Harvesting Feature Upgrades

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Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. Part Four can be found here. Site Observations and Species Selection I made another trip to North Carolina in July of 2014 to visit with my family. I hadn’t seen the garden in July since 2011 and was really excited to be there at […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden 2013: Mainframe Design Persists Despite Vegetative Setbacks

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Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. I was not able to return to the United States until the end of November 2013 to visit for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I received some updates about its state from my parents when we would video chat. Sometime during the summer, a groundhog decided […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2012: Consolidation & Diversification – Part B

This is Part Three (B) of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. 2012: Consolidation & Diversification Spring Cover Cropping March: Late spring Water harvesting feature upgrades, complete by the first week of March, were installed just […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2012: Consolidation & Diversification

This is Part Three (A) of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. 2012: Consolidation & Diversification 2012 Goals After a year full of very hard work establishing the system, it was time to begin to allowing nature to do the work for us. […]

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Part Two – Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2011: Project Commencement

This is Part two of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part one can be found here Site Preparation Discussion “Mainframe Design” Although observation and basic design began in 2010, we did not commence the garden in earnest until January of 2011. After analyzing our site’s conditions and forming a basic long-term vision for the […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden – Project Overview 2010 – 2014

This is Part one of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Fall 2010: Initial Site Analysis & Goal Setting An initial site analysis for our property was much easier than at others due to a variety of factors: a) we have lived and observed (albeit with less attention to detail than now) the property throughout […]

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A Victory Garden’s First Year in Six Slide Shows (North Carolina, USA)

November 2010-November 2011 went by quickly with a lot of hard labor double digging our compacted clay to see us produce a fair amount of veggie in a short period of time. After the summer months, we begin cover cropping. by Joshua Finch We started here in 2010: November 2010: One section of our typical American lawn with some potential pathways being imprinted on the landscape. By the end of […]

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