Thank you to everyone who was a part of the Edible Garden Tour in 2015.
Curious about the 2015 Edible Garden Tour but didn’t get to come? Read on.
What do Indian Runner ducks, weeping mulberry gazebos, beehives, koi and veggies, and macadamia nut trees have in common?
They are all on this year’s Edible Garden Tour. This year’s tour stretches from Campbell to San Mateo with 16 garden stops, allowing more gardeners to show off their hard work. There’s so much to see, and each garden is unique. Here’s a short sneak peek of a few of the gardens on Tour:
|This year’s Edible Garden Tour begins at Common Ground Garden, a place which emerged from a simple question: If everyone in the world had the same resources, how much land would it take to grow all your own food?
And so a group of people under the name of Ecology Action began to research this question, and places like Common Ground Garden began showing how to grow moreBountiful Gardens.
Many of the beds that you will see are planted by the local preschool, middle school, and high school. Travel around the world in our little garden:
And there is so much more to see… from our mini-orchard to the rain barrels; make sure to peruse it all!
Norine’s attractive, organic garden is a two-part wonder.
More than half of Norine’s garden is showcased in the front yard. This vibrant space displays blueberry bushes, a colossal rhubarb, and sunflowers nestled amidst different vegetable beds.
Both the front and back gardens feature beautiful hand-crafted fences and raised beds made with salvaged redwood by Norine’s husband, John. John can also tell you about their Techline drip system, an integral part in saving water while growing incredibly vivacious veggies.
Norine’s tip for your garden: “My garden beds are filled with the Veggie Blend fromLyngso, which is a great a soil medium that is blended with Diestel compost.”
Truly, Susan’s garden should have a sign that says: “This garden is laden with berries and incredible fruit trees that you may never see the likes of which anywhere else.”
Susan and her husband, both Master Gardeners and part of California’s Rare Fruit Growers, have used every spare foot of their front and backyard gardens to grow edibles. If you are curious, the metal tags dangling on tree trunks will tell you which trees they carefully grafted and the tree’s specific variety of fruit.
Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries line the fences, while citrus and other frost-sensitive trees hug the house for warmth. Climbing kiwis alight on the shade-giving arbor and chickens cluck from their side coop. And don’t miss Susan’s raised garden beds amongst her banana, macadamia nut, avocado, and pistachio trees!
Susan’s tip for your garden: “Worm tea is nice. I mix together a five-gallon bucket of worm tea, humates ordered from Peaceful Valley, and a tablespoon of kelp powder. Once it sits for 24 to 36 hours, I water the plants with it, and they seem to really like it.”
NanoFarms sees local, organic produce and gardening in a different light: job security.
The project began with few gardeners that wanted to work the land while earning a decent living for their families. In a time when housing disparities on the Peninsula are staggering, NanoFarms seeks to be the workplace of stability for families and hopefully whole communities. NanoFarms also offers Parish Farmers Markets during the week and weekend.
The main garden of NanoFarms is obviously stewarded by talented gardeners. From velvety strawberry leaves the size your palm to the thickest kale rows you’ve ever seen, this garden thrives. The sheer size and variety of organic veggies in this garden are inspiring. Make sure to stop by to admire the rows of corn, tomatoes, tomatillos, and the list goes on!
Gwyn’s garden has been on tour with Common Ground for a number of years for one reason: It’s a magical place.
Prince Albert the goose rules the domain of vegetables and vibrant teal and red salvaged wood furniture. His loyal (and somewhat subservient) subjects include ebony Indian Runner ducks (how they run!), busy beehives, and chickens.
But not all is within Albert’s domain. A forest of tomatoes hedges his kingdom, and just beyond, you can enjoy the beautiful patio with its nearby lion-headed rabbits. Make sure to stop and notice how large the kiwi vine is!
The front yard is full of raised beds full of artichokes, sorghum, and all sort of other lovely vegetables.
|Snapshots of Other Gardens on Tour
If you have purchased your tickets on Eventbrite, you will receive an email update to the gardens on Tour. We will be handing out maps to ticket holders at Common Ground Garden (687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto) on July 17th, from 9am to 6pm. If you can’t make it on that day, be sure to pick up your map on Tour day, July 18th at Common Ground Garden!
Thank you for supporting Common Ground Garden! See what programs are funded through this year’s Edible Garden Tour.