After the initial set back of loosing Bart at the very start of this project, Susan, Eddie the Beagle and myself returned to the village of Rozovets to set up camp and start designing a garden. The plan was that our friend Vasko let us use his land to camp on, work on, grow on, while him and his family were still in the UK. This way we could decide if we liked the country and , if we did, they would come back to their native soil and we'd start a small community living off the land. After what happened we were all over the place to start off with as you can imagine, but whatever else happens we decided to at least design a permaculture garden for Vasko and his family, who has been helping us a lot through the bureaucracy following Bart's death and also in memory of Bart, who died on this very spot.
So I will take you bit by bit through the design process. The garden is located in the small village of Rozovets on the egde where the Thracian Plain meets the Sredna Gora, right bang in the centre of Bulgaria, an area also known as the Valley of the Roses, because this area is responsible for 90% of the world's essential rose oil production. Just now it is the harvest time
Let me take you on a brief walk around the property if you've got 5 minutes to spare:
But first things first, I had to create a base map on which to base my design on. This is it here, giving a nice idea.
So much for today. Next post I will put up the results of the PASTE survey as well the soil test and other factors which will help me make up my mind how to design this garden.