I’m always trying to peer over garden fences and pry holes in hedges to peek at the amazing veggie gardens in my neighbourhood. So when I found out that the Cowichan Valley Green Community was putting on an Edible Gardens tour for the first time this year, I knew I had to go. What better way to spend a fall Saturday afternoon?!
The tour had 10 properties scheduled for viewing over 4 hours–not nearly enough time to do all of the gardens justice. The properties ranged from a 37-acre farm that a colleague of mine is trying to set up over the next few years as a permaculture teaching farm (woot!) to the tiniest of city lot front-yard veggie plots.
It was inspiring to see so many folks using the simplest and cheapest techniques to create productive spaces. And so much fun to see all the different plants and combinations being created. I’m particularly interested in the ways that people mix vegetable, fruit and flowers in beds and borders. I know this is the way to go, but I haven’t quite been able to make it work to my satisfaction in my own gardens.
I’m actively planning my garden structure for next year, including re-building the raised beds and re-conceiving a large perennial flower bed, which could become a mixed area of the garden. I’m also keen to acquire some chickens and/or ducks next year, so we’re pondering how these might impact the property in the best possible way.
Inspiration and goodwill abounded at every turn on the tour. Here are a few images that capture the fun…