I’m a novice gardener and had a semi successful last year and going for it again! One thing about my gardening style is my ideas of staying a localvore and permaculturist. This means I want to grow, forage, hunt, and produce food that can be grown or harvested in my local area.
With that being said, everything I do is experimental. I have a local gardener who is my mentor and refers to this style of gardening as “old school.” No lemon trees in my living room, no grow lights, hydroponics, nutrients from a bag–just a few raised beds with amended soil using manure, vermicompost, and straw from the local area.
Looking toward 2019, I hope I can construct my own deer fence and do better with seedlings. For 2019 I will work towards creating relationships with other gardeners and grow dome enthusiasts to continue the path of growth!
I’m very excited to move to a new region this year and try my hand at gardening in a different zone. My yard is pretty large and I’m hoping to use sustainable practices to grow my own food. There is at least one raised bed and I will add a few more and try to switch from grass to clover.
Welp, this year took on a different flavor. I was unsure if I would be staying in Pagosa Springs and found myself staring at an empty garden plot and dumping dried out tomato plants into my compost. I have some tomatillos on the deck and have covered both plots with straw. I did not grow my own food.
Instead, I spent every Saturday at the Farmers Market cultivating relationships with local growers. i also volunteered at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership, spraying neem oil for white flies and cutting back tall tomatoes. What did I learn from all of this? I don’t have to have my own garden or space to eat locally. I’m starting to contemplate moving into a different home or situation to save money (I took a huge pay cut to stay) and now I know that I can eat for free.
Here’s a sampling of food that I was able to volunteer, barter, trade, forage, or collect for free: tomatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes, lettuce (red and green), cabbage, chinese cabbage, garlic, peppers (all varieties), peaches, plums (the most wonderful wild plums picked near Pagosa!), turnips, microgreens, spinach, bok choy, basil, tangerines, arugula, tomatillos, yarrow, thistleberries, raspberries, apples, pears….I’m sure I’m forgetting lots more!
This year was able to help mimic and validate my beliefs–I’m not so much in home or land ownership (cuz it will never be me) but I think that my biggest take-away was once again relationships are everything. I’ve learned so much from local growers this year and while I still want to dabble in my own little garden in my tiny rental, food can always be found. People will always provide.