Promoting plant-based farming and gardening throughout North America
Many people don’t have access to a garden either because they live in an apartment or have contaminated soil. Growing veganic food in a container allows people to grow fresh local food in any location.
There is more than one way to prepare the ground for planting. In no-till, organic matter is built up on top of the lawn without damaging the underlying soil structure. Digging or tilling is a quick approach to loosening the soil when first beginning a garden. And with raised beds, the soil is built up above the normal ground level.
Natural ecosystems have a wide diversity of plants, animals, and soil organisms, and ideally so should our gardens. Gardening is a way that we can participate in bringing biodiversity back to altered landscapes.
This article gives some general tips about starting a new garden for beginners.
There is no single way to "do" veganic gardening. This article presents some of the key approaches that work well for a home-scale veganic garden, including container gardening, Ruth Stout technique, biointensive, lasagna gardening, forest gardening, permaculture, and self-fertilizing gardens.
You can grow your own fertilizer with living mulches. Living plants used as mulches have an advantage over dead mulches, such as straw and hay. They affect soils both above and below the ground. They grow with and around main crops and are usually green, succulent, and full of nutrients, with a well-developed root system. This root system works its way into the earth, opens up the soil, and feeds the soil food web all season long if living mulches are managed properly.
Learn about the establishment of forest gardens at The Living Centre in southwestern Ontario, from their initial vision to the implantation of diverse forest gardens as part of an ethic of land stewardship.