I really love gardens that mix veggies with perennials. Some people say there’s no point in a return to the Victory Garden because we could never feed the world that way. To that I say, Phooey! First of all, how’s factory farming and mono-mass-agriculture working for us all? Not well! And second of all, if everyone with any growing space just grew a little something-something, it would go a very long way to alleviate the transport of food from all over the planet, we’d become better connected to nature, perhaps fall in love with taste of fresh food, and perhaps have surplus to share with those who cannot grow their own. It’s not all or nothing. It’s the power of a whole bunch of small steps taken in tandem.
I heard a report recently that said approximately 75% of the food in Hawaii is imported from somewhere else. It’s unexpected and shocking. And this is the case all over the place. We give up local food growing in exchange for cheaper imported unseasonal choices (because we do not pay the true costs) but we also lose our ability to provide for ourselves. Just based on the need to reduce our fossil fuel dependency, our food has stop chalking up so many air miles to reach us.
Local and sustainable food growing is big, juicy topic these days and that makes me so very happy. And I’m sure it will be a rocky road as we move forward and reclaiming our local growing powers.
On with the tour. See the blue thing on the shed? It’s an old french door with the glass removed, painted a pretty blue with a planter attached. We like it:
The veggies are in tall raised beds. They are filled to the brim with soil. I hope mine are that full of organic deliciousness one day:
In the next photo you’ll see there’s a permanent trellis built across the middle of the raised bed. I’m thinking about doing this in some of mine. Though I’m also thinking about making arches out of cedar to host poly-tunnel covers in the colder months….I have to make up my mind soon…
Is there anything more beautiful than flourishing vegetables? I think not.
You can’t really tell from my photos but almost all the flowering perennials had or will have white flowers. Some people find this heavy-handed but I always find it quite beautiful, especially in a garden like this one where a lot of the furnishings are black. The black and white make it quite elegant.
Here’s the pond: