Who is St. James?
Saint James the Just, also called James Adelphos and James the Brother of Our Lord (died AD 62), was the first Bishop or Patriarch of Jerusalem. St. James is my patron saint.
What is Permaculture?
From the Permaculture Research Institute: Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale.
What is St. James Garden
The St. James Garden is the implementation of the design that I submitted to achieve my PDC. This site will serve as my own resource as well as a location for research, observation, propagation, and demonstration for future Permaculture endeavors.
Recent Blog Posts
I sort of stumbled upon it this morning but I was looking at the Cranberry Hibiscus and just curious as to how much it had grown since I originally received it. I looked through posts and pictures and realized I got the Hibiscus about a month and a half ago. The guy gave it toContinue reading “Post 55 – Hibiscus Growth Comparison”
We have officially entered a slowdown period as most of the plants have been installed. Just a few short updates on the site: The aphids have returned to the Cherry tree in small number so it will be getting another shot of Neem this weekend. That worked fantastically well the first time We are postingContinue reading “Post 54 – Site Update”
We ended up getting rained out for the day. I didn’t quite get to add the finishing touch to the “keyhole” bed, which was the compost bucket. Nonetheless both of the raised beds are now in as you’ve seen. I managed to get enough soil today to complete the long bed. My daughter and IContinue reading “Post 53 – Garden Update”
The St. James Garden is located on the Lake Wales Ridge in Central Florida. These relic sand dunes created over thousands of years by the dynamic movements of sea, ice and wind now provide refuge for rare and endangered plants and animals. Although consisting of a variety of habitats from low and wet bayheads to high and dry sandhills, the ridge is most famous for its scrub habitat. Wildlife and plants once isolated on these islands evolved extremely unusual characteristics. This forest in miniature consists of clusters of shrubs scattered between patches of open sand. The lack of canopy cover and very deep porous sands create a hot, dry, desert like habitat. Due primarily to a long period of isolation, plants and animals that live on the Ridge have developed ways to deal with their harsh environment.
Most of the vegetation in the Lake Wales Sand Ridge consists of (or has evolved into) scrub plants with thick waxy coated leaves that are drought tolerant. The leaves of the sand live oak are thick and leathery, rolled in at the edges to help retain as much water as possible during the blazing hot days of summer. Species of Opuntia, Yucca, Scrub plum, and scrub Serenoa repens palm dot the landscape and are well adapted to the hot sun and fast draining soils.
In the early twentieth century parts of the ridge were converted to citrus groves. More recently, some of the citrus groves, particularly in the north of the ridge, have been redeveloped for residential housing. Today several areas of the Ridge are protected National Wildlife Refuges and State Forest.