Florida Regenerative Landscapes

A Florida Permaculture Landscape Design Company

   Sep 28

At ManureDepot.com: The Layer Mound Recipe

Today we had an excellent turn out at a private workshop in Vero Beach held by Will Tremml at his Intercoastal Farms garden where he and his school friends have been growing food that they donate to a local shelter. We presented the Layer Mound or Lasagna Garden Mound methods of layering in fertile growing beds to improve the soil and the soil food web so that they can grow good vegetables again this year. We had a nice day that finished out with rain so that the handouts from the workshop were left quite soggy.
Here is a link to Adina’s blog to find a printable version of the layer mound recipe handout. Check out the next link to see a listing of articles for more information about this method. No Till No Dig Way
For the page about how to source the materials needed for the mounds in Indian River and St. Lucie Counties email Adina with a request for that document at adina@manuredepot.com

I often hear people say that they worry about the world in the hands of the kids who are growing up today. In Will and his friends, young men and young ladies who came out to work together in the garden, I think our world has some good potential stewards, and I feel more hopeful than worried.

To find out about hosting your own Layer Garden workshop on The Treasure Coast send email inquiries to adina@manuredepot.com or call Adina 772-240-6695. If you don’t have a local area code for your phone number you will have to leave a message to receive a call back.

   Aug 19

Classes and Workshops: Layer Mound Garden August 24, 2013

Lucie and I will be presenting a Layer Mound Garden class and workshop Saturday August 24, at 10am at the Peak Health and Fitness project location in Vero Beach, Florida. Come take the class, have a live organic vegan juice on us, and learn hands on how to layer up a garden for an instant fertile garden. We are just weeks before planting of fall and winter annuals begins, so the timing of this workshop is perfect for South and East Central Florida gardeners who want to grow this season. See the flyer below for details. Click on the flyer to see it larger.


   Jul 31

Projects: Behind My House





Click on the link to read Adina’s latest article at ManureDepot.com. It is a real good example of a permaculture solution for a circumstance beyond ones control. Permaculture: Lemons To Lemonade

   Jul 14

Projects: Peak Health & Fitness and LOV Juice Bar Property

Trees Arrive

Trees Arrive

Though Lucie and I have had several projects separately our first joint project as Florida Regenerative Landscapes is the Peak Health and Fitness and LOV Juice Bar. This is not just a job for us, our friend and fellow permaculture design classmate Gina from Wholesome Living Juices teamed up with Pilates instructor Cheri Schumann to start their new aforementioned joint business in Vero Beach Florida. We love these gals and we are thrilled to be installing the food forest on the property. Our friend Patrick Small is creating the Aquaponics system there. We are all hoping to be able to supply a great deal of the produce that Gina will need for her healthy raw juices and fresh food offerings.

We began planting trees on the property on June 10, 2013. In two days we put in 31 trees. There are several Carambola, a White Sapote, two Lemon Drop Guavas, three dwarf Papayas, a Limequat, a Meyer Lemon, Avocado, Mango, two Jujubes, two Persimmons, two Cherry Of The Rio Grande, four Pomegranates, two Moringas, two Mulberry trees, and four Figs.

Trees Just Planted

Day 2 Trees Planted

Putting In The Layers

Lucie Wetting Cardboard

First Straw

The First Section of Straw

The property had St. Augustine type grass with some black medic mixed in, and hedges. The grass is covered up! We have divided up the hedges moving some to the front of the property for a low growing fence from the sidewalk. The hedge plants are edible Coco Plum, and Ilex which is useful.

North Facing

Before: Hedges North Facing


As The Layers Go In

We have also been shifting around some Liriope, and on a another edge we have put in cuttings of red and green Cassava, and Cranberry Hibiscus. We are preparing cuttings of Tithonia, Powderpuff Mimosa, thornless Blackberry, Ceylon Spinach, and Manihot Hibiscus. Elderberry plants and pineapples have been moved into the landscape recently, and we will be bringing in Chaya, Rose Apple, Bananas, and sweet potatoes as well. Where the grass was we have cow peas, buckwheat, pigeon peas, millet, grasses from the straw (oat and wheat), and turmeric coming up. We have a plan to acquire some Katuk soon, and we have a pair of Miracle Fruit plants we will either maintain in pots or move to a warm spot in the landscape.

Buckwheat Sprouting

Buckwheat Sprouting

Cover Crops Up

Green Covering Straw

This is a tough urban landscape. It is on a main east west thoroughfare. The east wind whips down along the north facing property all day. We expect in the winter the west wind will do the same. To that end we have chosen some wind and cold tolerant plants for our north facing side, and we have some plans for some built windbreaks including a somewhat permeable wood fence for the east side, and an arbor for grapes over a north south sidewalk that splits the planting areas.

We have been getting lots of rain, and so lots of opportunities to see how the rain falls off of the flat roofed building, and how it moves off of the property. We are planning to build in some rain catchment to stop some of that running off. Once that water hits the sidewalks there is no stopping it, it flows to the street and is gone.

Peak Health and Fitness has been running some classes in the last week or two, but the official opening for Peak and LOV Juice is the 20th of July. Once the business is open Lucie and I will be offering some permaculture, and gardening workshops on the property. We will announce the classes here and on our
facebook page so stay tuned.