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Setting up an organic garden

What are the steps in setting up a working ecological garden? How do you do that?

Step 1: find the right spot

Before we designed our garden, we were looking for the best spot. Observe your land!
We found a spot on a slight slope, south facing, surrounded by elderberry and hazelnut shrubs. Those shrubs now give shelter and food for many birds, that keep the slugs out of our garden!

Step 2: Design your garden

Why? Because it is easier to prevent mistakes than to repair damage.
On a paper design you can see what trees/shrubs/big vegetables will block out the sun for the smaller veggies behind it. You can also plan in detail when & where you plant what, what goes well together (companion pants) and how much plants you need for your space.

Drawing for a small round polyculture garden bedDrawing for a small round polyculture garden bed

Step 3: Cheap and lazy preparation of garden beds

The first thing that we did, was finding the more flat spots and cover them with newspapers and cardboard. We put logs around to mark the beds. On the cardboard we put potatoes, covered with mulch.
Over time, these layers killed the grass and the weeds (because they didn't get any light), and decomposed. The potatoes grew down through the paper and did some loosening up of the soil.

Terraced garden beds

Year round vegetables

Bogata Suma's garden feeds us all year round with fruits, vegetables and herbs. When we store the harvest well, we have plenty.
Our garden is based on permacultural principles. The general idea is that we have less work and a big yield. Big in variety and enough to feed us and our volunteers. It is a no till polyculture garden, mulched with straw from the rabbits, where plant combinations help each other in their ecological community. We use crop rotation, cover crops and compost.
>> More about the garden

Protect your veggies

Around the garden we are growing a living fence. It is made of wood cuttings from pruning and there are all kinds of berries growing in and against it. In that way it is not only protecting our vegetables, but also producing fruit!
>> More about the living fence

Forest garden

A low maintenance edible "forest" with all kinds of fruits, herbs and perennial vegetables. It is a layered area with berry shrubs under fruit trees, thyme on the paths, edible flowers next to it...
>> More about the forest gardens


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Bogata Šuma

about us
you're welcome
the name Bogata Suma
"eco" for us
self sufficienct living

Barbara Scheltus
Peter Scheltus

digital nomads welcome!

artist in residence

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Permaculture farm in Croatia

permaculture @ Bogata Suma
permaculture principles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
our permaculture designs
natural resources
compost and fertilizers

goat stable
rabbit palace
chicken garden design
permaculture greenhouse
forest gardens
food forest
food savannah
net and pan orchard
tree guillds
garden projects
- terraced garden beds
- keyhole gardens
- edible fence
natural playground
natural playground design
the house
strawbale insulation
compost toilet
summer kitchen
natural swim pond


What we do

calender of workshops & courses
permaculture workshops
permaculture teacher Barbara Scheltus
personal development
garden workshops
forest garden workshop
workshop herbs
workshops felting and wool
workshops blacksmithing

Country Life Academy

micro restaurant The Table

volunteering with us
volunteers about us
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Camping in nature

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Camping in nature
Our permaculture camp site

"eco" for us
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Our ideas about food

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