There is something inherently satisfying about planting your own vegetable garden.
Perhaps it is a part of our DNA. Becoming farmers was the next step in our development from hunter-gather, and has helped feed us ever since. It, however, has even more meaning for TransitionKW’s Permaculture Garden Group.
Sustainability, resilience and mitigating climate change are important pieces of climate change adaptation. Anything that reduces the use of fossil fuels – used in large-scale farming (corporate dependent) and transportation, for example – is a good thing. What better way to reduce the impact of food production on climate change than with your own vegetable patch? You can’t get much more locally sustainable than that, not to mention the many health benefits of eating fresh, organic veggies!
Not everyone has access to garden space, but you don’t need a big backyard to grow veggies. You can even have some relatively impressive results on an apartment balcony. Our garden plot is relatively modest in size, but that does not measure what we have already gotten out of it.
For the most part, we are inexperienced or novice gardeners. Learning new skills and seeing the garden take shape is pretty cool and we’ve only just begun.
We started about two weeks ago by turning the soil and pulling weeds (not really the fun part). We raked in horse manure and gave the ground a good soaking. After Annie designed the garden layout using principles of companionable planting, we were ready to go!
We’ve planted or seeded: peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, leeks, carrots, lettuce, squash, swiss chard, radishes, kohlrabi, cabbage, watermelon seeds in a barrel, a variety of herbs and marigolds to fend off harmful pests. We dug a T-path (Transition) to make watering and weeding the garden easier, and to make it easier for local rabbits to reach the buffet.
Sharing is a part of permaculture – hopefully not too much for the rabbits. We plan to donate most of our produce to Reaching Our Outdoor Friends (ROOF), but that is in the future. For now, we are taking turns with watering and weeding, and dreaming of fresh veggies. The best is yet to come.
We’ll be keeping you updated from now to harvest. If you have any comments or gardening tips, we’d love to hear from you.
Written by Bruce Dumbleton