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Paul calls up a Floridian landowner by the name of Sarah to do a review of her land
. Cue “Flaahriduh” jokes by the dozen...
Paul doesn’t have much experience
with hot climates, what with him being almost as far away from Florida as he can be in the states, but he has been talking with people
who do have such experiences such as Alexander Ojeda and the Bernal Brothers
Sara came up with cardboard mulching even with minimal exposure to permaculture, but apparently some people put cardboard or newspaper mulch
down and it starts suffocating the soil below for years as it just doesn’t rot down even in places like Seattle. Paul’s old roommate claims the obvious answer
is to punch holes in the mulch
when you put it down, to which Paul contests the obvious-ness of the solution as he’s never seen it done before. Furthermore, Paul doesn’t recommend using cardboard mulch due to almost all cardboard being made with toxic gick nowadays. Chances are it’ll work, but he’d prefer you to chop unwanted plants down and lay them over a smaller area than what you cut to discourage further growth - Sarah has plenty of palm trees
and saw palmettos for this.
Her property is a mere 6ft above sea level, so brackish water
(fresh water that has been contaminated by salt water) can occur, which can be toxic to some plants. Paul thinks that a chinampa might be useful in allowing such water to be used in growing non-salt-resistant plants. Although, perhaps building swales would be a better bet, seeing as they collect fresh water and block encroaching salt water, solving both problems at the same time. They also help create microclimates that are always useful, particularly for growing avocados that have historically had trouble with excess sun on her land.
Images of Chinampas: share for teaching & education
How would you survive/make chinampa variations for any sort of environment extreme or not
An overview of chop-and-drop and why it’s awesome
Build abundance with chop-and-drop
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This podcast was made possible thanks to:
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