Found this old post by Anni about starting a polyculture in a way that limits slug damage and gives plants the best start in life.
I have just remembered that my first attempt at a polyculture a few summers ago was a resounding flop. As I encourage people to grow in polycultures I had better pass on some tips regarding my mistakes so you don’t end up repeating them and getting discouraged.
My first attempt was to sow seeds a mixture directly into a prepared seed bed, just as you might for annuals, whether veggies or flowers. However in our damp and slug ridden garden this was asking for trouble – and I got it. No sooner had a brave seedling popped it’s little head above the ground than an army of slugs ate it. It was a wet summer (we have had a lot of these in recent years) and the whole thing was a wash out.
My strategy now is to have plants already growing and providing cover. These range from “weeds” to green manures to plants selected…
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