the messy garden

In this article, we are talking about permaculture and why messy garden is actually good.
Also we have some samples from our own garden, witch we are so proud off. 


Maybe you have come across the word permaculture. But what does it really mean? And why does it look like nobody is taking care of it?

Well, the word itself is a contraction of ‘permanent agriculture’ and is based on sustainable principles mimicking the natural ecosystem. You plant vegetables and plants that complement each other. Instead of having just one row of one type of vegetable, you find out which plants will help this to grow.

You can have zucchinis and be happy just for those. But if you plant some garlic around it, it can help with pest control. Beans and peas can add nitrogen to the soil for the zucchinis to grow better and flowers like nasturtiums and marigolds are not just pretty. The nasturtiums attract pests, so they won’t attack the zucchinis, and the flowers are edible and make a beautiful contrast in a salad on the dinner table. Marigold repels pests with their smell and both plants attract bees for pollination of the zucchinis.

That is why it can’t be in neat little rows with clean paths between them. Everything complements each other and has to be planted close together to make any difference. It means less maintenance and no poison to control insects. This again means healthier soil for the next batch of vegetables.

It is time to leave the neat gardening behind and start to get messy.


This year's harvest from our garden.

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Richmond Vale Academy and volunteering

Our sister school Richmond Vale Academy is doing a fantastic job with ecological farming.
They are running climate programme where the volunteers have a chance to be part of community-based programs, that also includes gardening.



Lindersvold is an international learning center that facilitates courses in community development and certification in non-traditional pedagogy. Our Center provides an opportunity to learn about the big issues of our time while preparing to assist community-driven projects in Zambia, Malawi or Mozambique. We believe in combining hands-on training with theoretical knowledge, alongside community living, gives students the best foundation for working with sustainable development and vulnerable youth.

Permaculture garden in DRH Lindersvold

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