TURTLE ISLAND MOUND GARDEN

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The “Turtle Island”, three sisters mound garden at Dufferin school is up and growing.  You may review the philosophy behind the design here http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/05/14/turtle-island/ the corn, squash and bean mounds are doing well in the now finished garden plot.  This area was first prepared for cultivation a full seven years ago and has now reached a productive maturity that’s truly amazing when you consider it began as a dry patch of grass put on top of a gravel filled empty lot.  The natural development of the soil through plant selection and repeated mulching is over, this plot can now support virtually any plant you chose to grow.  The practical wisdom of First Nations cultivation methods have proved their worth.  We have learned many lessons, by interpreting the oral history.  Taken one by one these stories may seem a bit fanciful, but when you apply the message in a real life setting, you soon come to realise they make perfect sence indeed.  For example, if you take the lesson of Ferret http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/06/27/how-ferret-got-black-feet/ every good “green thumb” knows the value of attracting worms to your garden.  In a powerful testament to the effectiveness of these methods you need look no further than the fact that despite unprecedented heat and low rainfall, the mound garden has been watered once!  That’s right folks, once in 6 weeks!   Not only that ,but in between the mounds you can plant faster maturing crops such as lettuce and radish, protected by the mound design, we’ve been harvesting these salad delights for 2 weeks now.  As the garden continues to mature, more perennials can be added, strawberry around the edges and teas on the corners.  Herbs and root crops as well as the traditional 3 sisters will keep this place productive forever.  It’s an honor to be part of this project.

 

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