Permaculture Gardening: How Companion Planting Helps

As we continue our yard projects, I realize we're embracing permaculture as we're building up the garden and general layout.

What's Permaculture?

It's difficult to summarize, but I see it as a design process that attempts to mimic nature and build around systems instead of just looking at individual components.

It's usually associated with yard/garden design, but it's more encompassing.

Permaculture design seeks to minimize waste  and labor. For example, our kitchen waste and small yard debris is used in the compost.

The new garden location was picked out because of the natural slope of our property and the amount of sunlight means we shouldn't have to spend as much time keeping it watered and maintained.

Permaculture Gardening and Companion Planting

Since our soil isn't very good, we're building up as we're creating this new garden space.

We have two large piles of woodchips we're using. There's one pile that is particularly suit as it has plenty of green leaves shredded into it and it's decomposing quite well.

There are some advantages of going this route than tilling the soil.

Tilling can destroy the microbes in the soil that we want to work for us in the garden. Again, working with nature, we're mimicking how the ground is covered with material that eventually decomposes and enriches the soil.

Instead of planting in rows, we're beginning to incorporating companion planting. Companion planting groups herbs, veggies, fruits, and flowers to help one another grow and offer some pest protection.

We're experimenting with a small patch for a fall garden. Right now we have:

  • Cabbages, carrots, spinach
  • Jalapenos, onions,
  • Broccoli, buckwheat,dill

Basil, marigolds, and rosemary are spread around too.

Looking at what we want to accomplish with our space, I think we're moving towards that.

Becoming More Self-Sufficient

There's a spirit of self-sufficiency that appealing to many, including us.

We don't have any plans to go off grid or feed ourselves only on what we grow here, but we do want to have more options for food.

Permaculture Resources

As we're digging into permaculture, we've been discovering some new sites, books, videos, and resources.

YouTube/ Videos



The forums at have been helpful, especially with seeing how others have started their gardens and designed their yard space.

There are so many more, but we're still discovering them. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

Thoughts on Permaculture

How many of you are incorporating permaculture into your home and yard design? What are some of your favorite resources?

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