Paeonia, Tulips and Cactus flowers!

My father started to plant Paeonia since 5 years, with the danger, fear and the idea that never they’re can grow up in his garden, but the competition was hight and he decided try to plant this fabulous flower.

Paeonia is a genus of flowering plants, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 to 40. 

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Plant growth types are Herbaceous (nonwoody), Tree (shrub), and Itoh (or “Intersectional”), which is intermediate between herbaceous and tree forms. Herbaceous and Itoh are propagated by root division, and sometimes by seed. Tree peonies can be propagated by grafting, division, seed, and from cuttings, although root grafting is most common commercially.

I think that this Paeonia grow up with love and dedication and are gorgeous!

Then, we can found some tulips and some wonderful cactus flowers that welcome you in the house!

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Enjoy the summer with the food and the plants that you grown!

Mi LuMaCa

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Permaculture collection – 3º Intercrossing

After talking about the importance of covering the ground, so it can remain moist and dark, now will face the theme of intercrossing between plants.

Why do plants need? The plants are associated for more than one reason based on the relationship which set out:

Nutrients (eg. Bean fixed nitrogen – Maize it is a high consumer)
Support (eg. Japanese Chauchat – Pine these plants are accepted only if between them there is an exchange of benefits and if the vine does not affect the other)
Shadow (eg. winter lettuce in the shade of pumpkin, corn, sunflowers and tomatoes, associated resist excess heat and cold)

Ways to protect themselves may be different, let’s start with:

interferences: Corn – Pumpkin everyone has their diseases and disturb each other, have some small holes but are not considered anything serious.

The plants “bait”: Eggplant Potato protects against disease because it is attacked first.

Plants “bait” sacrificed: the tomato basil protects from the moth and worms (gusano de cuernos)

Plant “bait” with pleasure: Chrysanthemum and the radicle are plants bait to attract aphids, except that unlike the eggplant this type of plant does not die but keeps stable community of aphids.

Plants “trap”: the Umbelliferae are breeders of arachnids, small wasps that feed the Labiatae keep away bugs, aphids, watercress spiders.

Repulsion: smells that keep pests away from other plants. Mint-tomato / potato-radish

Plants that are associated with plants protectors are more luxuriant, since they use more energy for growth and improve that to defend themselves.

Stimulation: the roots of each plant have specific nutrients released into the soil, the failure caused by the same plant, but the resulting toxins are stimulating for other plant species.

At this point, if we aren’t expert in gardening or botany, comes to our mind: how do I know which plants link and what not?

There are various criteria, one of many, probably the most reliable, are the “tables of similarities”, indicating which plants can be associated and what is not. Others are “theory of plate” or anything that you bind the garden you bind the plate and vice versa, but it is more an expression that something true, then we have “mismatched pairs” or groups between plants are more favorable very different from each other (lettuce-sunflower / pumpkin-corn).

In the book we find the tables of the similarities and some knowledge of botany to learn more about the families of plants and at least have the knowledge to link them.

For more information and details visit http://permacultura.com.ar.

Colección Permacultura 03 Intercultivos (Asociaciones)

Enjoy!

Mi LuMaCa

Permaculture collection – 2º Working the soil

Working the soil is create the best habitat for our land, so that, it may always stay fertilized, moist and dark, or blanket.

If we apply this rule on a piece of land not too big, we can do it with the mulching (pile of leaves). This coverage means that proliferate in the soil fungi, microbes, insects and earthworms that, in addition to fertilize the ground, keep it aerated through an own internal machining.

If we talk about a larger area this type of coverage will not be adequate, because it is too expensive and complicated to develop, so that we can plant plants that cover, such as corn de Guinea, good for cover larger field together with other plants such as : beans, sweet clover, rye, Llano de quinoa, flax.

Many times happens that the field is also covered with weeds, which ultimately did not present themselves as having to uproot weeds, in fact, will help us to fight other weeds that are harmful to our soil. To fight the only enemy of our cultivate “couch grass” we can use different natural herbicides such as flax, onion, thistle, grapes of the mountain, quinoa de Llano, kapikil, tetragonal, sweet clover, beans, alfalfa. The couch grass is kept away from the land because implementing a process of non-soil tillage, compact and hardens the top of the soil. In the book of Permaculture Collection 2 you can find all the information in case that you have a land that you are about to transform by permaculture, is totally gritty or clayey and not suitable to cultivate that want to do, because it is covered with grass or simply because the ground is compacted in time, and being gritty has not retained the principles to make sure that is fertile for all plants that we would like to planting later.

After you have all the information, you need to prepare your soil, it’s the time of seeding, in this case we don’t speak about any kind of  associations… for the time being the worst combination could lead to a good result!
Planting, planting, planting even where it seems there is no place.

The book also explains the various forms of use plants “weeds” to begin planting in hectares or small pieces of land.

For more information and details visit http://permacultura.com.ar.

Colección Permacultura 02 Labranza Cero

Enjoy!

Mi LuMaCa