Join us on a high hillside in Newfield to tour this extensive garden that supplies our hosts with most of their vegetables, dried beans, herbs and small fruits for the entire year. They use no-dig methods and hugelkultur beds to greatly reduce weed pressure, allowing them to grow more fruit and veggies with less labor.
This tour will take place in Newfield, NY. The exact address will be emailed after your registration and payment is complete.
From our host:
"Our gardens are located on a high hillside in Newfield, and include a very large vegetable garden, fruit trees and bushes, and perennial and flower gardens. The vegetable garden is extensive and supplies us with most of our vegetables, dried beans, herbs and small fruits for the entire year. We use no-dig methods in the vegetable garden, and I can give a demonstration on using a broadfork to prepare new beds without turning the soil. This method has greatly reduced the weed pressure in our vegetable gardens over the last few years, allowing us to grow more veggies with less labor.
The perennial gardens are semi-wild with an exuberant mix of non-natives planted in with native meadow species. This is not a collector's garden, so nothing fancy or exotic, just tough, easy and spreading perennials that can mostly take care of themselves all summer.
Two hugelkultur beds are filled with annual flowers and small edible trees that will eventually fill the beds. Mature apple trees are scattered around the property, and a newer orchard of peaches, apricots, plums and cherries will bear some fruit this year as well. We also have a separate enclosed fruit garden with different varieties of currants (black, red and white) and jostaberries, and wine grapes growing on the fence."
Self Determined Sliding Scale $10-$20