|This colorful wagon designated the entrance to one of the gardens on tour.|
Garden tours have been around for a long, long time. People open their personal paradises to the public -- usually as a fund-raiser for some good cause. The focus is beauty and design to elicit, "Oh, how lovely."
The food garden tour was different. First of all, it was free, held solely to inspire people to raise food instead of lawns. Second it, well, focused on food gardens.
|Mike protects this savoy cabbage from cabbage worms with |
Spinosad, a relatively new organic pest control.
Mike had strawberries planted in the lower part of a pyramid-type bed that had a lovely crop of beets on top.
At the Cosmic Beauty School, a communal living group, the gardens were built up with layers of soil and woodchips, laced with special fungal spores to increase it productivity and degrade common city contaminants. Blackberries ran rampant and trees bore fruit on the street side of the gardens, while fava beans and other annual vegetables were snuggled next to the building.
The most unusual "garden" on the tour was the "Fish In a Barrel Garden." Lettuce was planted in pea gravel in two half barrels that flanked an identical barrel filled with water and several "feeder goldfish." The fish water cycled through the pea gravel, which filtered out fish waste, cleaning the water and feeding the lettuce. The whole operation was in the basement.
|Pretties beneath a fruit tree at Bob and Kirsten's Own Eden.|