Our Mandala Vegetable Garden
In the spring of 2004, we decided to launch a grand experiment to find out what wanted to grow on the land. We created our Mandala Garden of annual vegetable beds, laid out by Djubaya. With nothing but grasses growing for years, the soil was not in a condition to be planted with vegetabes. Below is the process we used to condition the soil and prepare the beds for planting.
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Using collected seeds as well as seedling from a range of sources (including excellent heirloom varieties from the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center) we planted a wide variety of vegetables ...broccoli, cauliflower, chard, peas, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, corn, chives, basil, coriander, melons... and our gardens produced delicious abundance!
So much so, that we have been giving away tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, chard and other produce to friends, family and neighbors. We are still learning about what will grow best here and we are keeping a monthly harvest log in our "Tales from Catchtail Gardens" e-posts.
happy harvesters, tomatoes and lemon cucumbers