The Ballot-Flurin Garden
The onsite garden at Ballot-Flurin, based on the symbiosis between beekeeping and plant growth, prioritizes a diversity in flora and its preservation. The organization of the garden space ascribes to the same overall approach as the company, synergizing between the different forces composing our ecosystem.
Permaculture and Apiculture
Our location is on former industrial space, the ruins of the Lasalle lumber workshop constructed in 1820, and abandoned in the following decades. Artist Olivier Raud, inspired by sacred geometry, has breathed new life into the site. A unique architecture has been applied to every building, recreating the space using a single unit of measurement: the Langstroth measure, also known as “bee space”. Everything is made using simple and natural materials: earth and stone for the walls, limestone for the floor, wood, metal, etc.
Permaculture promotes a manner of horticulture, based on principles of a fortifying biodiversity and natural ecosystem functionality without invasive chemicals, ensuring protection of the nourishing resources needed to sustain beehives. A flowering and unpolluted environment on the site guarantees quality harvests and hives more resistance to different hazards. The bees themselves play an essential role by helping to pollinate both cultivated and wild flowers. They constitute as well an indispensable support to the success of the different cultivations on site.
The Principles of Permaculture, Updated in the Gardens of Ballot-Flurin :
- 1. Compostable waste from production is reused and reinvested in the land.
- 2. One corner of the garden left to grow naturally - Biodiversity and wildflowers are better preserved this way.
- 3. Utilisation of local, organic, non hybrid plants and the production of seeds to prioritize the global autonomy of the micro-biome.
- 4. Permacultural garden mounds – They allow augmentation of surface space, encouraging rich and structured soil to better retain water and stable temperatures for the plant growth
- 5. Soil conservation – Rich fertilization through organic materials (compost), mulching for preservation of soil humidity and to prevent erosion.
- 6. Natural protection - Horticultural associations, use of propolis-water from the hive.
- 7. Observation and Interaction
- 8. Promotion of horticultural diversity and their associations in the garden
Composting and Permacultural Mounds
The preservation of soil is a major issue in any garden, as a sound and fertile earth promotes a quality harvest of healthy plants. The creation of mounded garden beds, using progressive layering of different materials (cardboard, compost, mulch), allows for a rich and structured soil. The dirt is also worked to retain humidity and keep a constant temperature, for easier and more efficient water management. The compost itself allows a recycling of organic waste (coffee grounds, plant matter, manure). It acts on the process of aerobic decomposition, optimizing the action of bacteria to produce a humus rich in nutrients. This organic fertilizing technique allows for us to reduce waste and re-invest directly in plant production.
Associative horticulture constitutes an essential practice in permaculture : certain plants need complementary actions to develop proper biological protections against pests, as well as to create balanced soil chemistry. For example, leguminous plants add nitrogen to soils, a necessary compound for the healthy growth of other plants. Certain aromatic plants, due to their particular odours, have a repulsive action against types of harmful insects, and can protect specific symbiotic cropss (for example, basil helps keep at bay the natural predators of tomatoes). To take into consideration these relationships will result in a naturally strong and healthy garden.
Untouched Natural Space
Spaces left to nature are crucial : it acts to add an element of natural flora to the garden. This is an important reservoir of biodiversity to the bees, and to the preservation of other animals. These spaces participate in the coherent organization of the garden, alternating between cultivated and wild spaces. The presence of hedges and trees provide a necessary resource for the bees, and participate in the creation and maintaining of a micro-climate onsite, combatting over-evaporation of water and keeping life in the soil.
The Garden in Electroculture
The process of electroculture is based on the use of natural forces and atmospheric electro-vibrations to help the growth of plants. It acts as one of many methods using electrical or magnetic currents to boost the plant development, capturing the ambient energy and amplifying it through copper wire. Thanks to these installations, germination and subsequent growth is naturally promoted and improved.
The Torus 8
A geometric form, interpreted in copper by Olivier Raud. It is electrically amplified by solar energy. The Torus is a strong tool for dynamization. At its side, our cells are nourished by frequencies which are deeply needed. More importantly, it creates a tachyonic space, a type of black hole in energetic matter.
The Bioclimatic Greenhouse
The bioclimatic greenhouse is an indispensable tool that, using of solar energy, extends the growing season and boosts the potential of plant cultures onsite. The solar rays are collected during the day and released at night, amplifying through glass and then being stored in a pure black wall until nightfall. Such a structure adds to the natural autonomization of the garden, offering the the possibility of early starts to the growing season (interior shoot growing, planted outside when the season arrives). This is a complementary tool to our permacultural mounds for boosting the diversity onsite, and the quantity of plantes cultivated, all due to solar energy!
Free Access Hive
The hives present in the garden are freely accessible to facilitate the interactions between humans and bees, as well as the benefits generated from this relationship. The wooden board laid upon the hives allow for a place to lie down, relax, and connect with the bees. The hives have also been placed in accordance with the Hartmann grid and polarized for optimized energetic circulation at the heart of the colonies, to preserve their health and robustness.