Growing Methods

At Lunita Farm Design, we are committed to improving the health of our community  through improving the health of the land.

We use a variety of organic and permaculture methods to create healthy, sustaining, and eye-catching culinary gardens and landscapes for our clients.

Companion Planting and Interplanting:

IMG_1120Companion planting means planting different species together to increase the health of all the plants. This can mean growing onions in between strawberries,  beans vining up corn, or marigolds bordering tomatoes. Companion planting creates beautiful gardens that also need less pest control and less overall inputs.

Soil Amendments:

We do soil-testing and apply organic compost and other organic soil amendments to increase the percentage of organic matter in the soil, balance pH and nutrients.

Cover CroppingIMG_1174

Cover crops are an easy and natural way of returning nutrients that have been used by crops to the soil. Cover crops are generally mixes of legumes and grasses which are planted in the fall and moved or tilled under in the spring.

Drip Irrigation:

For the bulk of our irrigation needs we use t-tape, which is a thin hose with small, evenly spaced holes that emit water directly to the roots of the plants. In addition to reducing our overall water consumption, drip tape allows us to get water directly to the roots where it is needed, reducing evaporation and improving plant health.

Crop Rotation:

This is one of the most important elements of sustainable farming. Because different plants remove different nutrients in different amounts from the soil, it is a good idea to rotate what crop is grown in a certain bed every year. Soil is a living, breathing thing that must be cared for, above all else, in the interest of growing crops.

Compost BuildingIMG_1204

Leaves, branches, weeds, vegetable waste, kitchen scraps, and animal manure are layered together, kept moist, and turned regularly to create beautiful compost and move towards a closed-loop system.

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