Our vegetable gardens and food forest

Photos from summer 2017

Our gardens are split into three:

  1. The Food Forest – Intensively growing perennials with annual beds mixed in between

We have planted all our fruit and nut trees in the food forest, each one was planted with supporting perennials in guilds. It is quite near to the house and the trees are still young so we will continue to use the space between the trees for a kitchen garden. Over time we will continue to plant more perennials into this area. We will publish a map of this area soon with details of all the plants that have been planted here. Here the soil is well drained and perfect for winter annual plants.

The food forest

Photo above of the food forest in September 2017 and below in March 2017, can you spot the difference ?

food forest


2. The Horta  – annual kitchen vegetables planted right next to the house

Here we have converted a sloap into three mini terraces with 2 swales and flood ditches going through it. We have put in a small pond and intensively planted annuals and herbs here. This spot also stays warmer in the winter as it is protected by wind and there are huge rocks that warm up from the sunrise. This prevents it from getting frost so we can use this for an early crop of fruiting vegetables that would usually be burned by the first frost.

the horta
Photo above of the horta in September 2017 and below from March 2017 

Showing people the test vegtable patch next to the stone house


3. Terrace 1 – Annual garden on the terrace above the food forest.

Here we planted a lot of summer crops in larger beds, such as the three sisters (corn with pumpkin growing around and beans growing up the corn), sweet potatoes, beans, pumpkins and potatoes. We found that the soil is more dry up here and it is uphill from the water source, however the soil does hold water well. This terrace is where we will start a new food forest and we will move the summer crops to a lower terrace which is more moist and downhill from the lake where we can siphon water too. This is where we experimented with chickpeas, chia seeds, buckwheat and flax seeds.

Terrace 1

Photo above is Terrace one in August 2017 and below is in March 2017

Terrace 1


Other areas we garden in:

The new greenhouse structure is complete, we plan to have this as a nice big indoor working space for this winter

The new greenhouse structure is complete, we plan to have this as a big indoor working space for this winter

 

Our cat sits by the small pond next to one of our grey water systems, we plan to transofrm this into a flood based terraced system that waters itself every time we shower
Billy Jean sits by the small pond waiting for frogs to play with. This is water from one of our grey water systems that cleans our shower and washing machine water. We plan to transform this into a flood based terraced system that waters itself every time we shower

herb spiral

The herb spiral is one of the places we centralise herbs and it is auto watered by our grey water system that comes from our kitchen

 

We grow all types of herbs in various herb gardens we have around the land as well as mixing into the food forest
We grow all types of herbs in various herb gardens we have around the land as well as mixing into the food forest

 

One of the tents in the mimosa forest
One of the tents in the mimosa forest

 

In our first year we have harvested peppers, egg plant, various tomatoes, various chilly peppers, pumpkins, squashes, courgettes, corns, kales, spinaches, cabbages, strawberries
In our first year we have harvested peppers, egg plant, various tomatoes, various chilly peppers, pumpkins, squashes, courgettes, corns, kales, spinaches, cabbages, strawberries
We save our own seeds and have a ncie space for working with seeds in a shade house
We save our own seeds and have a ncie space for working with seeds in a shade house
Sunflowers adding color to the food forest
Sunflowers adding colour to the food forest

Photos from winter 2016/2017:

 

Salad Harvest
We now have a daily harvest or various salads which we need to collect from around our gardens
Drip Irrigation
Laurence installing drip irrigation
Terrace 1
Planting vegetables on Terrace 1
Greenhouse
Abundance in our greenhouse
Cabbage
Cabbage harvest 
Food Forest
Our new food forest has small trees so have filled the gaps with other perennials and annual beds

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Working n our of our vegetable patches at Keel yoga Farm
Working in one of our vegetable patches