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“We’re here to help form things. We have a food forest mimicking what the natural forest does.” Ann and Gord Baird’s edible gardens make use of less-than-ideal growing spaces on their rocky knoll. Nook and cranny gardens optimize micro-climates — water catchment for perennial plants, rocks that retain warmth to extend the growing period, and trees providing fuel, food and shade. They are transitioning away from the annual food plants. As more perennials get established, they’re becoming foragers rather than cultivators. While the cob oven cooks food, it adds warmth to the wall it shares with the cob greenhouse. Inside, heat-loving plants are enjoying tropical warmth in southern Canada!  []. Episode 290.