Garden Bites #001: Documenting the growth of our own food
1 Comment Karen HamiltonMarch 21, 2012
Moving from our 28th-floor Yaletown apartment to a duplex in Marpole has its perks. Immediate access to the outdoors. A lack of white noise from sirens, construction, drunken Granville Street revelers, or party-loving neighbours. A huge patio basking in the sun instead of a shady, windswept balcony.
Headlining our plans for this space is a fruit and vegetable container garden. Regrettably, I have zero skill in the sphere of caring for plants. Friends who have seen my black thumb in action might even laugh aloud at the idea of me cultivating an entire garden plot. But I am determined to educate my family and I on the rewards of a backyard harvest, and perhaps to save a few grocery bucks in the long run.
Supplementing our container harvest is an organic vegetable plot with Farmers on 57th. I signed up for the Organic Gardening Course that they’ll run every Wednesday evening from April 4th to September 5th. While the upfront cost is $300 per plot, it works out to about $25/week for the plot, instruction, supplies, plants, plus your harvest over the course of six months. There are only 12 plots available but there’s still space. Hope you sign up, too.
I really should have stopped there, but I couldn’t help myself with this last one. We’ve been driving by the traffic circle at Heather and 64th Ave since we moved into Marpole, and one day, a sign was posted on it about Green Streets. Drove home, hopped onto the website, and volunteered to be the garden steward for this traffic circle. I’ll just be maintaining what’s already there for now, but over the season, I intend to identify the plants that I’m dealing with–maybe with your help–and see if I can find a couple of colourful lavenders to brighten up the set.
What are you tending this year in your green spaces?