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  • matthew@b-and-t-world-seeds.com
    B and T World Seeds have a number of catalogues for different environments, and different plant habits - these lists currently have some information for 118655
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 2010
      B and T World Seeds have a number of catalogues for different environments, and different plant habits - these lists currently have some information for 118655 plants (not all plants have information beyond Family)

      Useful Plants:

      The lists are all available in several forms:
      Price lists - only include plants for which seeds are believed to be currently available.
      Tab separated .txt price lists. Same as above, but just the text lists of plants and prices = no html, links, pictures. Tab separated, so can be imported easily into any database.
      Complete lists, including all plants in the category, even if they are not available for sale.
      Photos of plants in the list.

      Complete directory of lists:

      Plant names are mostly correct according to the RHS and GRIN, there is a fairly good synonymy for about 31474 plants. And common names for 65480 plants.

      All the best,

      Matthew Sleigh
      P-2, North Poblacion
      Don Carlos, Bukidnon

      Matthew Sleigh
      B and T World Seeds
      34210 Aigues-Vives
      fax ++ 33 (0) 4 68 91 30 39

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: cromlech108@...
      To: pfaf@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: 2/11/10 9:28 AM
      Subject: [pfaf] Permaculture Association February E-bulletin - research on Polycultures etc



      One of the central assertions of permaculture is that growing things together is beneficial. To test if this is true and what combinations work best, we want to create a network of people experimenting with polycultures in their gardens and fields.

      To start this process, we want to bring together people working with polycultures, to explore what we need to know and how we might start finding out. We will be hosting sessions in Leeds (23rd March), London (30th March) and Bristol (date tbc) to begin this exploration. At the end of each meeting we hope to have that most important ingredient of research: a set of curious questions, and some ideas on how to answer them. To find out more, get dates and venues, and get involved, email research@...


      I'm interested in this field...currently studying David Jackes forest gardens work...


      ....complex words but very interesting and I think they have got something new there. I've printed out the worksheets and am going through the species. Its something new for example in the FG field to consciously seek benefical insectory plants to cover the whole season - rather than not aiming for this in consciousness design or achieving it (or not) by accident.

      The number of plant interactions are almost infinite in multiple species polycultures, and currently I'm finding it quite a headstrain...these polycultures evolved in indigenous systems over many hundreds even thousands of years - and so to put new ones together immediately for temperate forest garden systems is quite a job I think!

      Taking Jackes etc worksheet method forwards - I was thinking about the idea of a computer spreadsheet of species relevant for the UK climate...thus species with common/wanted atributes could be identifed quite easily by that method...i.e. 'list all species that are shade tolerate, nutrient accumulators, damp soil' - and up you would get a list!

      It would be quite a lot of work to enter all the data...this is taking it forward from Martin Crawfords work and Patrick Whitfields etc (in terms of the Forest Garden synthesis of guilds/polycultures). It is what needs to be done I think - it all seems a bit simple minded at present - in a way that isn't necceaarily sound if you see what I mean, as in people are kinda making this stuff up in the temperate FG context...again, rather that being long time evolved indigenous systems. I would say Martin has got closest to the 'grail' of UK FG's. He has a huge level of knoledge.

      I am making a new forest garden...but wont really be able to enact the ideas above fully there as such - its next to species rich meadow (planted with cultivars of nut and fruit trees in what I call a foodwood pasture/meadow format)...and so there are other constraints. The area has been mulched with plastic, and will be seeded with local provinance wildflower seed next autumn. (This growth will increase the diversity of the adjacent meadow, which has been plowed in the past). There is also the factor or invasive/opportunistic species (which Jackes is very good on),..and the area of the country in question is very uninvaded currently. (special part of High Weald). Fruit/nut trees and bushes will be interplanted also next winter, and some ground cover installed - but it will have to be carefully vetted. Bocking 14 comfrey will be one thing that can in I think. I'll also check the list of native species, and so those varieties should be ok, and then just select things that are not disersive or invasive whatever. There is also the factor of change of shading during succession...so ultimately garlic ramsons would be sound, but initially there is lots of light, and dryness in summer in this location, whereas in my FG on a north slope on anglesey, ramsons have taken nicely in a currently open FG garden.

      Here are some pics or the Brightling and Weald of Kent projects:


      The groundcover in the Weald of Kent FG is not developed at present really..initially I wanted wildflowers there...and have mulched a 30 metre sq area for sowing next autumn. I cut the hay in late summer and its used to mulch the plants..this works quite well I think, the spiders love it anyway. I've recently mulched with plastic around the base of the big fruit trees (they've been there for 35 years now), this is too get some sort of product from the trees...seaweed meal/woodash being used as a fertiliser. The groundcover areas will be planted as and when I know what I'm doing and as and when the plants are available.

      I have the answers sirs! the grail is within my grasp!!!!

      ....just a few more thousands hours head bent over in intense study through the small hours and it will be mine! all mine!!!!


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