GlenWaverley Artichokes

Sandy loam on clay ‘Tree house’ garden soils for backyard permaculture family farm, Glen Waverley, Victoria, Australia 

vic-dw-usefood-SS3compvic-dw-glenwaverley-SS1compDescription:  Three different adjacent sandy loam topsoils over clay subsoil bases
in different beds

Soil 1 . Sandy loam ≈ 250 mm deep on upper terrace, slightly enriched, most organic
Soil 2 . Sandy loam, 150≈200 mm deep on mid-terrace, unimproved, lowest in nutrients
Soil 3 . slightly heavier sandy loam 250≈300 mm deep, organic mountain soil and cow manure added

vic-dw-manslopefertility-SS2compLocation:   sloping backyard in east Melbourne suburb
beds divided into terraces by soil type*

Values for this soil:
Urban family farming: Fresh foods from the backyard for family and friends eg artichokes, pumpkins.
Knowledge : by experimentation to find the best improvements for the soil
eg results from the artichokes experiments in 2015:
the imported and improved Soil 3 grew the most and largest;,
the most organic Soil 1 was variable but good;
the unimproved Soil 2 was also variable but produce less and smaller plants than soils 3 & 1

Challenges of the original clay soil to grow fresh food  – managed by permaculture principles:
Hill side slope- garden is divided into terraces which reduces erosion and aids watering
Nutrient replenishment – organically sourced to add healthier topsoil over clay.
– Mediterranean climate (dry, hot summers)– watering as needed
Experimentationlearning what works best!

* See more about
what this soil produces and how at Tree House Family Farm Snapshot
a bayside suburban clay based soil producing food for its family at Williamstown lemons.
–  permaculture managements of soils on slopes in the French pre-Alps in Koute de Tyon hillside and on volcanic slopes on M’fango Island, Kenya.

Credits: Dennis Williamson, of Glen Waverley, gives permission for the photos and information to be used under a (cc) license 2015
Editing and page created by Jeanie Clark, enviroed4all®, Warracknabeal, for use in education under a (cc) licence 2015

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page set up 25 November 2015, updated 9 January 2016