When we think of zone gardening or landscaping, the first thought is of temperature zones 1/2/3 and so forth. I have been reading Gaia’s Garden this week and found an idea that struck me with both its astuteness and its simplicity. It is the principle of zone gardening. So, what is zone gardening? Take a look at this article to get an easy to read idea and I will tell you what I understand so far of zone 1. Zone 1 is the area of your garden that is easiest to reach and most convenient to the household. Your kitchen herbs and flowers should be found in this area. Vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers, small tomato bushes, summer squash and so forth can also be incorporated into this zone. As for our home, our clothesline was situated way back in what seemed to be zone 4 or 5, making utilizing it an unnecessary chore. I love hanging clothes on the line, the yard is mine, why shouldn’t this be something convenient for me?
While browsing a magazine, I came upon a photograph picturing the couple’s clothesline smack dab in the middle of their flower bed. It didn’t take away from the beauty of their gardens and even added a quaint charm. What an easy thing to move the line 50 feet and reap a great level of convenience!
Zone 2 — The Yard: This is the area just oustide your home. It is a common space used to host dandelions and the various adventures of chipmunks, robins, rabbits, and more …
Zone 3 — The Farm: This is the area close to home and still familiar. Things may not be completely related to your home-space and this area may be more independant than others.
Zone 4 — The Wilderness: … for all that is more distant and separate from your immediate surroundings. An area you will visit often and use for many purposes. In the end, you will return home.
Zone 1 — Home: Everything you keep close. Everything that directly relates to the everyday. Also the Pc.Net Main Page.
Miscellaneous: (All else that complements the above.)
ETHICS AND PRINCIPLES OF PERMACULTURE
2. Connect. Use relative location: Place elements in ways that create useful relationships and time-saving connections among all parts. The number of connections among elements creates a healthy, diverse ecosystem, not the number of elements.