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.