Applied ecology and permaculture gardens start with sound design. It factors in organic gardening, farming, architecture and ecology to make places for people and wildlife to thrive. The permaculture design process includes assessment, vision, conceptual planning and action planning. The re-evaluation phase is ongoing to refine the design to adapt to a constantly changing landscape.
In the first visit we collaborate to determine what works and needs improvement. Based on Christopher’s 30 years of experience, he can create a pollinator habitat to keep the butterflies and hummingbirds happy, and also cultivate allies like woodpeckers, moths and ground beetles. Natural allies like these will help eat pests such as aphids and slugs without pesticides and harmful chemicals. Vegetables, fruit crops, landscape, culinary herbs, medicinals and drought-tolerant pollinators can be integrated into the landscape. Also, earthworks like swales, rainwater harvesting, and greywater can be designed drought-proofing the garden.
Christopher started gardening as a child helping his mother in her home and community garden. His life passion is creating new gardens. He is skilled in installing softscapes with compost, mulch and planting. He is an experienced arborist. He has extensive experience in constructing raised beds, redworm boxes, retaining walls, fences, gates, trellises and arbors. He installs and repairs irrigation, greywater and rainwater systems . He can also install patios and stairs.
Gardens take careful attention, timely plantings and interventions as needed. Christopher visits his garden clients every two weeks to monthly or quarterly visits depending on the size and complexity of the client's gardens and budgets.