Getting in to Zone 2 we are stepping further away from our impact on the environment and closer into nature. By accessing these areas less, we allow nature to take a more active role in how things grow. We allow nature to interact with itself more than we interact with it (Tweet This!). We will keep following this process the deeper into the zones we get, but for now we are talking about an area we interact with on approximately a weekly basis.
Each site, homestead, farm, etc., will have different plants and animals in different zones. As such, it is impractical to give you a list of what you should place in Zone 2 for your permaculture setup. While it is up to you how often you will need to interact with the different features of your site, some examples of what will be found in Zone 2 of many setups:
- Fruit Trees
- Fruits & Vegetables that need less tending to
- This will be your “Food Forest” – a topic for another discussion in the future!
- Water features (ponds, etc.)
- Less managed animals
- Animal areas that need regular maintenance
To expand on the line of thinking just a little more, here was what we are considering:
- Established bee colonies need little interaction from us. We may harvest resources from their hives, but sparingly. Also, by having the hive here we place the bees in the center of a buffet for their extremely useful palates.
- While you might harvest fruit from you trees daily (as the fruit falls from the tree), they are still better off in Zone 2. They have a much longer growing season, require very little tending to, and serve as the canopy layer of the Food Forest, necessarily placing them in this zone.
- Foods with long growing seasons or that are perennial are easily adaptable to the Food Forest design. Since we do not have to harvest them or tend to them daily, we can grow them here in a more natural way (more on the Food Forest in a future post!)
- I know plenty of people who would happily go fishing each day – but still, our ponds and other features are something we would typically harvest from or maintain more sparingly than, say, our lettuce back in Zone 1.
- Animals are the biggest “what if” – Are your chickens for meat or eggs? Do you harvest eggs daily or every several days? Do your goats stay in pasture, or are they milked twice a day? Does your animals pen need a daily clean out, or only once in a while? These different scenarios will help you decide which zone your animals or their enclosures need to be in.