Learn Kitchen Gardening: Grow a Productive Vegetable Polyculture
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It’s not brain surgery, but growing a whole garden of vegetables and getting it to produce year-round does require some knowledge and skill. Of all the things one must learn in order to conduct an edible symphony of organic harmony and abundance, perhaps the most essential understanding is the sense of timing. You want to know not only when to sow parsnips, but also when they will likely be harvested by, and what can be sown or transplanted at that time. And if it’s going to take 5 weeks for the canopy on those potatoes to close in, then why not produce some quick greens in the understory, from cell pack starts? Or something…
Growing more food in less space depends as much on the question of ‘when’ as the question of ‘what’ or ‘how’. The Edible Time Machine video course provides instruction and demonstration for growing crops, but it also documents the timing I use to grow my own veg here in Victoria, BC (very similar conditions to many west coast locales) . Although specific dates will vary from year to year and place to place, the principles of crop rotation, garden phenology, and successional interplanting do not. (for example, it’s always time to check for cabbage moth when the first dandelions go to seed, wherever you are etc…). So if you’re a beginner, intermediate, or aspiring vegetable gardener, and if you learn best by watching, adapting, and doing, you’ll find the Edible Time Machine video course really gets you growing.
A lot of random and disparate vegetable gardening info can be found on youtube for this crop or that, but how can you bring it all together into a coherent and productive whole?
Especially here on the mild-wintered west coast, successful gardening is about understanding the big picture of how crops fit together in garden space and across seasonal time. With good garden layout, mindful crop rotation, and productivity boosting techniques like successional interplanting , you can have a real garden system that drip-feeds meal-sized harvests into your kitchen throughout the year.
The edible time machine video course provides crop-specific growing tips within the larger context of the whole garden and the whole season, balancing the useful details with the principals and patterns of ecological gardening.
Click bed sections on my web-based garden map to see time-lapse lessons in intensive small-scale vegetable production. Each cropumentry provides crop-by-crop instruction, demonstration, and documentation, all aimed at empowering you to get growing!
So check out and learn how to have fun connecting to nature while trimming both your grocery budget and carbon food-print!