Posted by carol lopez on May 12, 2007, 1:21 pm
I've started a new conversation about this as I am interested in having a few raised beds to grow vegetables - Swiss chard, arugula, lettuce, beets, etc. I know that the water I would use is not purified, and the garden would be subjected to those mosquito sprays when it happens, but it would still be a good alternative to "produce soaked in pesticides". I have a good-sized back yard.|
1.Is anyone interested in sharing the cost of topsoil, manure, or whatever, and helping set up the garden - we could share the produce! I am planning to set up a composting system as soon as I get back - all those bougainvillea prunings, banana leaves, and vegetable peelings will no longer have to go to the dump.
2.Are seeds easily available in the area?
3. Keep me in mind if you have any garden tools, hoses, etc. to sell - or ideas for raised beds - in Canada, I use cedar planks, but i guess used bricks would be cheaper there, and work just as well?
I just planted chard, arugula,etc. here in Vancouver, and am so looking forward to seeing those little shoots come up - and organic is easily available here in the stores...but with raised beds, and a supply of compost, how much more rewarding it is to go out and pick my own... I know, I'm rambling...is that a way to avoid painting? NO, cause gardening is just as creative, and a good way to balance one's life...looking forward to any of your thoughts on this subject.
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