(Special note: As of June, 2015, this entire blog was closed and all of our offerings were moved to our new home in a secluded valley north of Corvallis, Oregon. All of the following services are still available, but only to residents of Corvallis and nearby towns. A new blog has been started to serve our new community. If anything you see in this (now closed!) blog sounds interesting to you, please click over to the new blog and see what’s been happening since our move.)
Our main interest is deep nature gardening, either outdoors under the sky or in enclosures we call eco-cells.
All deep nature gardens are human-managed ecosystems, sharing varying amounts of three basic aspects: beauty, diversity, and abundance.
What are the fundamental principles of deep nature gardening?
In a traditional garden, usually all the plants are there because the human gardener planted them explicitly. Most often there are no plants in the garden that were not specifically chosen by the gardener.
In a deep nature garden, many of the plants are there because they grew there, either from seed or from very small starters added by the gardener.
In a traditional garden there is the concept of a “weed” – usually any plant that was not specifically placed there by the gardener. In a deep nature garden there are no weeds – just plants that are out of place. We remove many plants, but that does not make them weeds.
Since the summer of 2012 we have made deep nature gardening into an active calling, transforming traditional gardens into genuine deep nature gardens with diverse, resilient ecosystems. Goodbye lawns and mulch, goodbye refined toxic chemicals and “weeding!” Hello miniature wilderness, buzzing with insects and alive with happy birds!
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- The internal environment can be controlled for temperature, humidity, lighting, and even wind speed.
- The interior can be fully protected against undesirable invaders, meaning we can do true eco-engineering without concern for many kinds of common pest organisms.
- We can afford to experiment (and maybe make mistakes) because an enclosure can quickly be returned to a pristine state.
- By connecting together multiple eco-cells so that they share resources, we can create much more resilient systems such as large multi-cellular eco-farms in which each cell has its own specialized set of functions.
We are passionate about using the principles of deep nature gardening inside of containers of any size, whether they are open ones like outdoor raised farming beds, or closed ones like walk-in greenhouses.