|Gidget hard at work|
I hope to share with you, our passion about food, about growing your own, and about why you should. We want to inspire you, your family, your neighbors, your workplace, and your apartment building to start growing something valuable, like food, in all the places we have earth available to do so. We believe it could save the planet, well I do anyway.
We have only been growing for just over a year in our front yard.
|Gidget's Garden April 2010|
|Gidget's Garden June 2011|
We are not experts by any means, but we are passionate, we're learning a lot, and we would love to share our gardening adventure with you. I hope to see lots of edible gardens like ours popping up in every urban area across America.
Ours started with an avocado tree, one EarthBox, and a desire for healthy food. We're currently growing in many different mediums. We have several raised beds, 13 EarthBoxes, many containers of various sizes, and we even grow the old-fashioned way; right in the dirt in our yard.
We're on an urban street and our property runs north-south so sun can be a challenge to our otherwise year round growing season. We lose a lot of sun in the front garden during the fall and winter months so we've also started growing on top of our flat-roofed garage. We made sure to support the garage from the underside before putting anything up there. We started with a 10x10 foot area up there but we plan to expand it soon.
|Container Garden Fence|
The container garden "fence" around the avocado tree serves a dual purpose; it helps us contain the leaves to mulch around the tree, which helps keep the tree happy and productive, and it keeps the dogs from digging in that area when we're not looking. Also notice the PVC frame, it's wrapped in several layers of bird netting which goes over the raised bed in the back yard to keep the animals out of our food.
|Last year's avocado harvest|
|Our Rooftop Garden with 2 planter boxes and 6 EarthBoxes for now.|
|Nutritionally corn doesn't score very highly, but it sure is fun to grow, especially in an EarthBox on top of your roof. More on how to ensure beautiful ears of corn in an upcoming post.|
|Another view of the front garden. The frame and trellis are attached to a 3x10 foot raised bed. The trellis is to support the cucumbers, beans, and other climbing crops. The idea is that the back 3rd of the bed will go vertical - up the trellis.|
That concludes our initial tour of Gidget's Garden so we're signing off now but we hope you'll come back for future posts as we share our trials, triumphs, tips, tricks, and passion for growing our own food.