Posted by: Ealing Transition Community Garden | March 9, 2010

The Plan

Sarah threw together our disaparate scribblings from Saturday and has produced what I do declare to be a lovely conceptual map of the community garden. We are still in the beginning planning stages, but we knew that we needed to get something down on paper for the rest of the group to poke and prod. So here it is.

We’re trying a couple of different methods of cultivation with varying degrees of involvement and creativity. My favourite is something that (I think) is called squaw sowing. You can see it in the upper left hand corner, where we’ve got corn and squash planted in alternating rows and beans winding up the corn. We’ll be seriously optimising the space and taking advantage of the range of heights and needs of each plant, letting them intertwine and hopefully benefit from one another. I think that that’s some pretty creative urban gardening visioning. ..Hopefully it works.

We’ll also be arranging beds for continual cultivation. You can see this where we’ve chosen to plant early potatoes earlier in the season and then follow them with Mari’s oriental greens later in the season.

One of the most important aspects of our garden (over time) will hopefully be its seasonality. In the ideal community garden world, we’ll be able to pull something from our plots ten months out of the year. Please also take note of the excessive tomato crop. Preserves ahoy. I think I go through about two tins of chopped tomatoes per week. It would be nice if they were my own canned brand.

I have a feeling that this most basic initial design is going to undergo a significant amount of overhaul once the experienced allotmenters get wind of its details. But for now, I really enjoy seeing all of Saturday’s tea-drinking and seed counting’s results on a slick piece of graph paper.

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