May 13, 2014

What's Happening at the Ecovillage?

Last week I intended on writing a post with updates on the different gardening activities we are currently engaged in here at the Kailash Ecovillage. Then those gosh darn bees just decided to swarm all over the place and that post took precedence. But now at long last, here are some brief updates on our gardens.
First of all we recently tripled our individual gardening capacity. We had one 10 ft x 10 ft plot that we gardened last year but due to some open space we are now the proud stewards of three 10 ft x 10 ft plots. We even inherited some rhubarb plants. We currently have lettuce, beet greens, radishes, sorrel, and the rhubarb growing. The trellises you see in the background are bent metal conduit with netting and will soon have tomatoes and green beans growing from them.

Out indoor spaces have slowly been taken over by plants and growing stations. Kristy set up grow lights (and in some cases heating pads) for some of our plants that we intend on transplanting later in the year. Currently they get to spend their days out in the garden plot getting used to the weather while they get to come inside at night. These plants include basil, tomatoes, peppers, and celeriac.

Group gardens have been going well. We have had several work parties at which we have tilled and prepared rows that we then planted with onions, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, chard, beets, and carrots. A little later in the season we will be adding winter squash and melons into the equation.

One other project going on at Kailash that we are not really involved with but which we would like to acknowledge is the food forest. This is a project that tries to emulate the ecosystem of a forest while providing food at the same time. Vincent here at Kailash has done a wonderful job stewarding and designing the forest and has created one of the most aesthetically pleasing and peaceful areas in all of Kailash.

Until next time...

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