Transition Bay St Margarets has established this public educational vegetable garden in the Spring, 2012. This garden is intended to inspire everyone about the ease and productivity of growing some of your own vegetables. The garden is located at the Crossroads, immediately to the East of the existing landscape garden installed by the St Margarets Bay Garden Club.
We have installed 7 raised beds and two large 'insta-garden' potato patchs. An 'insta-garden' is made by laying down cardboard on top of lawn, and placing 3 to 6" of soil or compost on top the cardboard. Traditionally, the first crop is potatoes. By the time the cardboard breaks down, the grass is dead and the potatoes grow through. Transitioners are all about converting lawns into gardens, and an 'insta-garden' can be installed without breaking the sod!
2014: The Garden harvest in 2014 - Over 270 pounds of vegetables were harvested this year! The addition of three new beds helped raise the total harvest, with produce going to both the St Margarets Bay Food Bank and the Hubbards & Area Food Bank.
2013: The Garden harvest in 2013 - Over 170 pounds of vegetables were harvested, including carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbage, rutabaga, beets, parsnips and chard. Tina and Jeremy at Mariposa helped with the weighing on their store scale. The harvest was donated to the SMB Food Bank with Dave Flemming.
Photo credits to Jeremy Chipper.
(Photo by Robert Cervelli)
Last year, in late September 2012, several volunteers made the first harvest of potatoes, carrots, beets, red and green cabbage, onions, rutabaga and Swiss chard. Approximately 60 pounds of vegetables were harvested, and presented to the St Margarets Bay Food Bank.
(Photo by Gesar Mukpo)
Contact us if you are interested in helping at the Educational Vegetable Garden during the 2013 gardening season!