First Wicking Beds are in!

First Wicking Beds are in!

I’ve been hard at work putting the finishing touches on my wicking beds in preparation for spring planting. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen the wicking bed where I will be growing food to be donated entirely to Victoria Women’s Transition House. Thank you so much to those of you who have already made donations to support this project! Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. You can use the button at the right/bottom of this page (PayPal) or pay me directly to me if you know me personally. You can read more about this project here.

My first prototype wicking bed is now installed in my garden. All the food I grow in this bed this year will be donated to Victoria’s Women’s Transition House.

I’ve already planted in this “Women’s Bed” with peas, onions, kale, salad greens, mustard greens, and radishes.

I’ve also officially installed the first of three wicking beds that I am planting for family and friends this year. You can read more about this project here. This bed looks a little different than the prototype bed pictured above because the prototype bed used some reclaimed fence boards.

Here’s the new bed all installed in it’s happy home:

My first wicking bed installed at my friend’s lovely new home.

I planted this bed with peas, onions, kale, and mixed baby stir fry and salad greens:

Early spring plantings

I also mixed some yummy organic ingredients into the soil in an effort to produce a symbiotic ecosystem that supports healthy, disease and pest-resistant plants. There are zero synthetic fertilizers here; instead I’m relying on quality organic matter, compost, kelp, and beneficial bacteria and fungi to feed my plants.

I’m going to be sharing lots of updates on these beds throughout the spring and summer. As every year, I’m sure there will be things that grow well and things that don’t. Growing for women in need at the Women’s Transition House and growing for my family and friends gives me extra incentive to do my best work to create a luscious, beautiful, tasty, and nutritious harvest.

In my own garden I’ve been working on some major renovations. I’ve just complete a large new sheet-mulched bed and am about to begin work on a second. I’ve got a fun little video record of this work that I’m going to try to post soon!

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