|The hotel vegetable garden|
|So many different vegetables coming from the garden|
|No artificial fertlilzer used here! just manure and compost|
|Different young seedlings protected from the cats.|
Here are some of the principals which I think are important to nearly all sites;
Most important plant the crops and choose the varieties which are best suited to your site. Do try different crops and varieties and see which perform best for you.
|The yellow plant on the right is a blueberry but our soil isnt acid enough for it so we now have stopped trying to grow bluberries|
|These are "caiguas" the seed came from Nepal but they grow very well in our garden and now form a part of our cropping system|
|This leafless plant is a gooseberry but it gets devasted by saw fly so we have stopped growing them|
|This is amaranthus sometimes known as chinese spinach, in the dry summer it grows like a weed on our vegetable garden so we often leave patches and harvest it as a spinach.. and it's delicious|
Plant a diverse range of crops. Nature inherently dislikes mono-crops and inevitably tends towards diverse systems.
|Not only do we plant different crops but we plant different varities to increase the diversity and resilience of our plot. Here are different types of lettuce.|
Use organic mulches as much as possible. This is nature’s way of fertilizing the land; leaves fall on the top of the soil, animals defecate on the soil surface and then this organic matter is slowly incorporated in to the soil by an amazing array of living organisms.
|We make as much compost as possible; excellent for mulching|
|Organic matter, the more the better!|
|A coarse mulch being used for the pumpkins|
Avoiding standing on the soil particularly when it’s wet. The physical structure of the soil is really important for root growth and biological activity so don’t damage it by compressing it unnecessarily.
|Good soil structure prodces good crops|
|We use oats as a cover crop in the winter|
|Two courgettes of the same variety; one is a lighter green than the other, what is it trying to tell you?|
|Part of our vegetable garden gets more shade than the rest, here we tend to plant summer fruiting raspberries which dont llike it too hot.|
|Working with nature.|