Get growing Great Lever: Ibrahim’s Garden

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A small micro food forest at the far end of the garden made up of a variety of young fruit trees and bushes, note that a wide circle has been dug for the trees to catch the rainwater more effectively during this dry growing season.

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This Lemon tree situated in the sunniest part of the garden has managed to produce around a half a dozen lemons this year.

As part of our ‘Get growing Great Lever’ project we have been providing local community members with growing kits and advice about food cultivation, some of our gardeners are complete novices and some have a fair amount of experience, the family we are working with at the moment have experience of food growing in their native Bangladesh, so have needed little help from us other than supplying them with seeds, a small greenhouse and compost. In less than twelve months this family have converted a large corner house Council house garden from a small overground woodland into a diverse and interesting growing space.

Old School Permaculture

One of the things that really interests me about this families approach to food growing and is no doubt tied into their agrarian background is that much of the way they work resonates with permaculture, during the summer their salad crops were grown closest to the house, followed by potatoes, Brassica and onions, with a micro forest garden at the rear end of the garden so as not to steal light and nutrients from their annual vegetable crops. The way some of the crops are used is also worth noting in these financially dire times that we are in, when this family grow onions and garlic, they are harvested regularly for the shoots as opposed to their bulbs, they can be harvested all through the winter and into the spring giving the grower more usable food from the plant than the bulbs would provide.

thos vertical growing space is designed for edible gourds to trail over its roof and for beans to grow and climb inside the structure.

thos vertical growing space is designed for edible gourds to trail over its roof and for beans to grow and climb inside the structure.

this area is covered with weed supressing membrane and will house a variety of fruit bushes and edible perennials. This area is situated directly in front of the dozen or so fruit trees.

this area is covered with weed suppressing membrane and will house a variety of fruit bushes and edible perennials. This area is situated directly in front of the dozen or so fruit trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

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