Last weekend thanks to our fantastic work day team we were able to muck out our rather neglected water garden. Now it is stocked with mosquito-eating goldfish and loaded with fantastic aquatic vegetables.
This year we’re growing arrowhead, Chinese lotus, water celery, water fern, a native edible water lily, an edible aquatic native hibiscus, and our native skirret (water parsnip).
Here’s a photo of the garden in its glory a few years ago – we’ll do even better this year!
How did I learn food forestry? Some from books and classes, but mostly due to the opportunity to help out in other people’s gardens. Steve Breyer of Tripple Brook Farm, orchardist Dave Gott, and many others gave me the chance to learn skills, be around the plants, and actually taste things I had only read about in books.
In this spirit, Paradise Lot work days offer you the chance to taste seasonal fruits, nuts, and perennial vegetables, to learn the skills hands-on, and to ask questions of people with experience.
For the time being you can sign up at the Paradise Lot Facebook Page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.