Polyculture: Pawpaw Alley

Site Overview

Site description and conditions: This bed is a narrow alley situated on the north side of the house and property, with limited space and sun. It is generally the entrance point to the backyard on tours. Soil was initially gravel and sand fill, now rich. Pawpaw canopy with herbaceous species below.

Goals (key products, uses, functions): Pawpaw with productive understory; Demonstrate how polycultures work on tours.

Intensity and Management: Low to medium

Infrastructure: Irrigation line in place.


Species list (click for more info)

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

Ground bean (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

Toothwort (Cardamine diphylla)

Ramps (Allium tricoccum)


Other useful info

Video on pollinating pawpaws


Garden Mapping Project


We’re experimenting with a new endeavor this year. With so many visitors of varying interests and expertise coming to Paradise Lot, we thought it might be useful to have a more versatile way for them to experience the tour and access information about the history and progress of the site design. To that end, we plan to install Polyculture Info Stakes in various locations around the site. Each stake will have a QR code that connects to a page on this site describing the polyculture in detail, including design goals and constraints, list of species, infrastructure, and hopefully updates as the beds evolve. We also hope that this will provide a kind of virtual tour for those who cannot access Paradise Lot in person. This is a pilot initiative, so we’ll be advancing a bed at a time and soliciting feedback as we go. Keep an eye out for more updates on this project.

Garden Work Day September 8th


Our first Passiflora incarnata is blooming! We’ll hopefully have quite a few more by our next Garden Work Day on Sunday, September 8 from 9am to noon. Join us to learn by doing, exchanging a few hours of your help for hands-on learning and some delicious samples. Our fall fruits will be starting to come in, and there will be Activities may include: sheet mulching, weeding, planting, composting, harvesting. Participation is limited; Please RSVP at the Eventbrite link below so that we know how many people to expect and can notify you in the event of changes or inclement weather. We always look forward to our garden work days and appreciate the opportunity to connect with other permaculture enthusiasts in our community. We hope to see you there!