In Ananda Valley we have over the past couple of weeks created a new garden, our heart garden. To make a new garden, or to plan what to plant on your plot of land, your balcony, window-sill or your allotment is a creative process and an art in itself. Our heart garden carries a set of characteristics and principles that are thoroughly connected to conscious planting, maintenance and landscape-planning. In this text you will find out some of the core principle of how we built a garden filled with sustainable intentions, practices and methods inspired by permaculture principles.
1. A garden shaped like nature. That means to let it flow with its own structures through practically avoiding creating straight angles, lines and rectangular forms since they don’t organically arise in nature. This also means taking into consideration which plants that go well together.
2. A garden that is more self-sustainable. In permaculture this is tied to integrating rather than segregating natural changes that occur in the garden. This also helps with lowering the maintenance through planting what naturally grows in the habitat and create a supportive cycle between the plants, bushes and trees.
3. A garden full of diversity and colour. As a criticism to the frequent spread of monocultures through responding to the permaculture principle of using and valuing diversity. Our aim is to plant in order to have colour and life in the garden any month of the year.
4. A garden as a habitat for insects and birds. In alliance to the principles in the last paragraph we want to cultivate a wider perspective of who we want to serve with our garden. Practically, we plant plants that attract other species as well as that we are considerate at how much we harvest and how much we leave to our fellow earthlings.
5. A garden that cultivates creativity. We invite any visitor of the garden to diffuse with it, through patterns, textures, colours and smells. The use of creativity is also another permaculture principle that we apply through adding aesthetics to the faculties of a garden, in contrast to our more productive gardens, in order to create a place to stay, sit, meditate and to come back to nature.
Through this we hope that you can both can be onboard on what is happening with our organic gardening at Ananda Valley, as well as, finding some nice inspiration in these principles for what to plant on your window-sill, house, garden, balcony or land. As our garden starts to grow, we realise more and more about how nature, and we within nature, function – and we are glad to plant seeds of this onto other projects, gardens and people.