Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: If this all sounds so good to be true, why is "nobody" doing this?
Eden in Season: Although the most established permaculture farms are in other places such as Australia and the United States, the examples in Southern Ontario are few but growing. As early adopters, we have much to gain given the soaring level of interest compared to the number of working examples. Forest gardening is actually an ancient practice that predates agriculture, and the emergence of success stories are really starting to show in temperate climate examples.
Q: But I don't own land...
Eden in Season: It is never too early to gain some growing experience. If you start with smaller plants, they can be more manageable and later be transplanted to another location. Also, consider helping out folks who are establishing their own Edens. Chances are, they're in just as much of a need for your help as your enthusiasm to participate. Perhaps there will be extra harvests to share! A visit to the Garden of Eating is one such example.
Q: I may be selling my place soon and therefore I'm unsure of my commitment.
Eden in Season: Consider the opportunity you have to increase the value of your property. A tree sapling planted and cared for will only grow in value. Whether that value is enjoyed by you, or reflected in the value of your land. Also consider that you have greater flexibility over someone who does not own suitable land (see previous question).
Q: I'm not sure if I can wait that long...
Eden in Season: Of course the best time to plant was 20 years ago. The best things in life are worth waiting for. See below.
Q: *sigh* If only I thought of doing this 20 years ago.
Eden in Season: The next best time is now. See above!
...And our number one question by far...
Q: How long do I have to wait for my first fruits?
Eden in Season: As soon as you put the first plant in the ground, your investment starts to compound. Your dividends depend on your crop. Mushroom logs take 1 year, berries and herbs 2 years, tree fruits 4-10 years, properly cared for. And the best thing is, we recommend you pinch off the first year's fruits for larger future harvests. How's that for a tease! Now think about it another way: in addition to the wonderful benefits of planting ornamental or native plants, an ornamendible plant gives you the added harvest.