For most gardeners, springtime means a time to sow. But for perennial gardeners spring is a time to reap. In their new book, Paradise Lot, gardeners Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates tell their personal stories of finding romance and growing a food forest of perennial plants on a degraded backyard plot. Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb took a trip to Holyoke, MA to see and sample their spring harvest.
I’m going vertical with my watermelon, squash, cantaloup, and cucumbers this year. I did it inadvertently with my watermelon two years ago - they climbed the garden fence when I was away for a week. It actually worked really well. Except the deer munched on the ones that grew on the outside of the fence.
You could be growing things underneath that structure as well! :)
Tomates e abóboras plantadas em jardim vertical.
This is the layout for four swales I’ve cut into the hill beside our driveway.
- french radish
- corn (most of which will over-winter and have a head start on spring)
The wheat will likely be cut as a green manure, as I’ve just ordered garlic and will be planting potato, spinach, and carrots amongst the garlic in spring.
A feature-length documentary about an ecological restoration project run by a utopian community located in one of the most politically complicated and environmentally degraded terrains in the world––in an area referred to locally as “the wasteland.”
It’s amazing not even 100 years ago the USDA promoted being self sufficient in raising a chicken, working a garden, and canning fruits and vegetables. Additional posters from the time period and through WW2 talked about conserving food and not “wasting” food.
No longer do you hear advertisements from the government about being self sufficient. You don’t see ads in your newspapers, magazines, online media, television, or movie theaters telling you to do just this. No we see ads for McDonald’s, Coke, Hershey’s Bars, etc etc etc
So why did this all change?
Be Prepared Not Scared