Emilia Hazelip was a Catalan organic gardener and pioneer of the concept of synergistic gardening. Her farming methods were inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka. I have just finished a week volunteering with Elena in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Our main focus was in the vegetable gardens. Elena follows Emilia. Emilia Hazelip was a Catalan born organic gardener who pioneered the concept of synergistic gardening. The video on no-till synergistic.

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I go out on slug patrols nightly. The synergistic garden by Emilia Hazelip Permaculture magazine, synergistic growing.

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Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Those two plants are gigantic now, and just seem to egg each other on.

I have new larger beds just finished in time for some winter planting. And if straw is such a good vegetation supressant, does it mean that only sturdy seedling plants can go in, not seeds direct? The zig-zagging poles are so little plants have something to grasp onto while smaller. The I broadcasted the seeds in small groups that work well together. By overcasting, I mean I distributed more seeds then is recommended.

Things with smaller seeds were trickier, but it still worked if I moved aside the straw, made a little furrow with my finger, dropped the seeds in, then covered everything back up. I agree with the fundemental pragmatism of all food production It is the cultural and climatic adaptations which Emilia Hazelip has developed during her years of research into Fukuokas non-labour agriculture, which have resulted in the system which she calls Synergistic Agriculture, since this method utilizes the law of synergy in growing vegetables.

One of the great assets of this system is drainage; in my case there were trenches between the beds at first, but I had access to a large quantity of wood chips, so I filled the paths in with these, to the point of the former ground-level.


The work of Permaculturist Marc Bonfils with self-fertile cereal production and the microbiological research of Alan Smith and Elaine Ingham are frequently mentioned.

Haezlip I’d say, direct seeding is worth a shot, more so the larger the seed is. Has anybody else watched her video? He’s a strong advocate of the principle that very few things work, and so he’s relentless about eliminating non-essential activity, but he talks about heavy metal pesticides and all sorts of other tactics that the community here myself included are too purist to consider using.

wmilia Thanks all about the soaker hose. In cases of extreme rain the trenches will fill up with water, so it’s nice if you can fill them with something like wood chips Home Who Are We? I would hazflip that my experience with it last year was very successful. How long did you leave them between finishing a bed and sowing it? This consumes a lot of stored calories, and many weed seeds simply aren’t large enough to supply so much. My instinct would also be to put the soaker under the mulch.

Agricoltura sinergica. Le origini, l’esperienza, la pratica

Another friend did it on a smaller scale in his backyard, he had somewhat clay soil, and this photo shows his beds halfway-through making them left if finished, middle ready for mulch, right one just dug: The book mentioned by Emilia Hazelip can be purchased here: I think the rods are measuring devices. One lesson I learned from my second hazelip-bed garden is that I won’t use autumn leaves as a mulch again: Where I’m at, they need to be checked at least every other day.


Our main focus was in the vegetable gardens. The slug challange is very real. I think perhaps the rods criscrossed over the mulch were to allow the gardener to lean out over the bed without compacting it. Plus I’ve put in some sugar snap peas that were sown in root-trainer modules long deep ones and something I suspect leatherjackets has chewed them off at the base. And what stops the paths from becoming weed infested?

Emilia Hazelip (organic forum at permies)

Califfornia is meant to have a mediteranean climate though much of california is further south than the mediteranean. It was a 1 time application only to keep the soil in place and act as temp mulch.

I have just finished a week volunteering with Elena in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. More Emilia Hazelip videos. Should I put it under the mulch or on top. No, as long as the mounds are covered with straw or some other mulch over the winter, it doesn’t seem to wash off though if you had a heavy clay soil which didn’t readily allow water in, it may be an issue.

I don’t think Fukuoka was ever satisfied with low yields, except as a learning experience. I haven’t noticed us disagreeing. Slugs were sort of uazelip problem, but in the future I hope to encourage more slug predators by having a small pond near the garden, ensuring habitats for toads and other slug-eaters.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Most weeds have a place in the ecosystem that doesn’t give them much incentive to develop this ability: So I just deleted it.