Gardening

How to Start a Community Garden

Seeds of Grace is a non-profit that builds community gardens in Washington State and Mexico. Each garden donates their produce to community organizations such as homeless shelters, food banks, after school programs, and Meals on Wheels. I sat down with Seeds of Grace founder, Karole Johnson, to ask her how others can start building community gardens where they live. She offered several helpful suggestions based on what she has learned over the years.

Gardening

Grow Your Own Back to Eden Garden

There is a garden nestled among the trees of Sequim, WA, that has gained worldwide attention through an internet documentary called Back to Eden.  The documentary stars a humble, but revolutionary, gardener named Paul Gautschi and his home garden. Paul hasn’t watered his garden in 34 years, he doesn’t rotate his crops or till his soil, and his only garden tools are a rake and a wheelbarrow. The results? Pests and disease don’t bother his plants and the food he grows is juicier and sweeter than anything I’ve ever tasted. Even better, his methods are completely free.