Our vegetables are grown in your neighbours’ back yards in Dundas, Hamilton and Burlington. We convert lawn and patches of weeds into healthy soil growing healthy vegetables. First, we make sure that the ground is very wet (usually not a problem in our area), and then lay a black tarp over the grass to smother it and help it begin to decompose. When the ground is ready – the amount of time depends on the time of year –the dead grass can be incorporated into the soil and we can proceed with forming the growing beds.
MARKET GARDEN AND CSA
We prepare beds by hand with a spade to help maintain existing soil life, and rake out any persistent weeds, rocks, and clumps of grass hanging on. No herbicides or pesticides are used. After applying a mix of natural soil amendments like rock lime, a lot more raking, and a pass with the broadfork for deep tillage, we’re ready to plant.
Want us to use your yard?
For our third season, we’re gardening on three local plots of land (or allotments) that make up Allotment Seeds: 250 square feet in our yard near Borer's Falls, 450 square feet in several community garden allotments across Burlington, and a 300 square foot community garden.
We’re all set for the 2020 season, but are hoping to add a few more sites to our network for the 2021 season. In exchange for the use of your land, we provide landowners with a basket of vegetables and herbs every week during the growing season. Here are some characteristics we’re looking for:
At least 200 square feet (eg. 10 x 20, 30 x 15, 20 x 20, etc.)
No major shade obstructions
Sandy-loam or loam soil
Have not used herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilizers in the past 4 years (we want to see lots of dandelions and plantain as evidence)
Within 15 kilometers of Rock Chapel / Borer's Falls (we live right around the corner)
Interested in learning more? Email Alyson!