Category Archives: Gardening

Social Permaculture Reflections

Susan recently achieved her Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) through Oregon State University.  Amazing course!  Amazing instructors and cohort.  Her final project was to design the layout of the Doighouse community gardens, orchard, personal, social and teaching spaces.  Here’s an example of the overall plan.

theDoighouse site plan.

Social Permaculture Reflections:

The goal of theDoighouse is to create community; using space and place as a way to bring people together to learn, to laugh and share our collective experiences. Continue reading Social Permaculture Reflections

Hugel gardening

This is my second hugel kultur garden.  It’s a whopping 79 feet long, 6 feet wide, 3 feet deep and about 4 feet high.  We haven’t watered the squash or the potatoes since early spring!  Don’t the plants look super healthy?

How it was built:
We started by digging a 6 foot wide 79 foot long trench dug down about three feet.  Once the trench was completed, a couple of layers of logs were place length wise covering the entire bottom of the trench.   Continue reading Hugel gardening

Salida Colorado – Build

I can’t believe Tony and I leave on Monday for Salida Colorado.  We’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for so long.  Can’t wait to get there and get our hands dirty learning about building earth ships!

It’s an exciting trip just getting to Colorado… along the way Tony and I are in a car accident and write off our Volkswagen Jetta – another story for another day! Continue reading Salida Colorado – Build

Our Garden Box

One of my projects at Capilano University has been to create a community garden on campus.  The garden is an amazing space, one that brings people together to grow things, share gardening knowledge and a quiet space to relax; these experiences are helping to build the campus community for students and employees along with our neighbours in the surrounding townhomes.

The garden was officially opened on Earth Day in 2013 – with Tony and I planting our first community garden box a few weeks earlier.

We learned a lot that summer including:

  • consistent water is important
  • knowing what plants to plant together – and which do better apart
  • planting things you love to eat
  • eat what you plant!

In the fall of 2013 I planted 16 garlic cloves; today we harvested them.  YUMMMM…. I know it’s not going to be enough for our use for the whole year – garlic is a real favourite at our house – I’ll have to supplement with organic garlic from local farmers’ markets.  But I am ok with that.

We planted carrots, beets, corn, scarlet runner beans, squash, hot peppers, red peppers and kale.  So far this year I’ve learned…

  • pick frequently
  • 3 sisters planting for beans, corn and squash works
  • it’s fun to sit in the garden and eat what you picked

The garlic is drying in the garage, as soon as it is dry enough, I’m going to braid it.  I’ve been busy watching youtube videos to learn how.  Here’s one that I really enjoyed by the GardenNerd.com

This fall (2014) I plan to plant more garlic,closer together, using some of this garlic.  Cool – a closed production loop.

We’re seriously considering an in-door greenhouse in our passive home, having a community garden is building the knowledge we’ll need to have to grow food successfully.