Grow Your Food in a Nook and Cranny Garden, Part 2

June 29, 2015

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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.

Janaia Donaldson

Janaia Donaldson is the host and producer of Peak Moment TV conversations showcasing grass roots entrepreneurs pioneering locally reliant, resilient communities during these challenging times of energy and resource decline, ecological limits, and economic turbulence. We tour North America in our mobile studio, taping on location. Peak Moment Conversations are online at Produced bi-weekly, there are over 200 half hour programs as of 2012.

Tags: Food, food forests, food growing, growing in a small space