Lately, I've worked with Brent on the vertical bed for the lettuce. After browsing the Internet for a satisfying model, I finally found a design that came with detailed a plan with all the dimensions. We then proceeded to make sure we had all the wood necessary and figure out if we had to get some more.
The other interesting event of those past two weeks was the tour Patricia had planned for us. We visited four original organic farms where we had the opportunity to meet other Wwoofers. As I toured each of the farms and asked questions, I realized that several different people had come up with numerous solutions to deal with the same problems they encountered, which is very interesting in terms of getting new ideas. The tour also shed some light on how to manage a food forest.
Concurrently, I have been checking on the fruits in the garden. I have noticed that the cherries were soon to be good to eat and that the strawberries had already been ripe for a week or so. I have been thinking about growing periods for the fruits I intend to grow back home; the design I have in mind calls for an extended growing season with fruits ripening at different times as to always have something to harvest until winter. I'm not sure yet if I will be using a greenhouse to do so, but it is something I have to make sure of before starting my project.
I've spent some time in the garden watching the fruits and anxiously waiting for them to be ripe enough to taste them. The strawberries were delicious, the cherries aren't ready yet but are turning a gorgeous dark red, and the blueberries shouldn't disappoint either. I'm hoping that by the next post the bed will have been finished and “operational”. Brent also has a plan to extend the idea of a vertical bed for the strawberry patch where the slugs often feast upon the strawberries before we do...
The tours and interactions throughout the day left me inspired and wanting to get back into the garden. We talked and watched the sunset as my first week passed. While at first I had been a little intimidated by the laissez-faire approach that the garden crew took to directing my work, I came to see that it was rooted not in expectations beyond my capability, but in an openness to creativity and what I’d learned is a basic principle of permaculture: “interact and observe.”
The more we study about solving problems, the more ideas germinate in our minds. Way to go!
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