Photos from summer 2017
Our gardens are split into three:
- 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.
Photo above of the food forest in September 2017 and below in March 2017, can you spot the difference ?
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.
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.
Photo above is Terrace one in August 2017 and below is in March 2017
Other areas we garden in:
The new greenhouse structure is complete, we plan to have this as a big indoor working space for this winter
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
Photos from winter 2016/2017: