Bonus Care Bellamy's informative Permaculture garden tour of her food forest and pollinator beds:
and then listen to my interview with her last January while you're waiting for me to publish this great interview I did with Heather Wood yesterday!
I’m so excited I have a listener on the line who is going to share a ton of golden seeds! I talked to her before from Florida and she is going to share with us about her Sustainability Project!
My grandparents owned a 100 acre wheat farm on the prairie in rural Dufresne, Manitoba. My family lived off the land, they grew their food seasonally in a 1 acre vegetable garden. After the local community collectively brought in the fall harvest, they would busily preserve and can their produce for storage in their root cellar.
These people were a hardy bunch, they managed to survive the brutually harsh winters with minimal resources using a wood burning stove for heat, crude electric and no running water or indoor plumbing. They kept and cared for livestock and only took what they needed to survive, my ancestors practiced “The Tragedy of the Commons” method. That’s how they managed to raise a family of 8 in rural Manitoba.
And Manitoba is where people go to see the polar bears right?
Yes Churchill Manitoba is where the polar bears are.
Then you went to the opposite end of the continent practically to Florida.
That’s so romantic! I always wanted to work for Disney, I tried to get a job or get into art school at the California Institute of Arts in LA.
Well, they must have liked me! I managed to beat out 64 other people fro the job! So yay for me!
And you worked there for a long time right?
Yes 35 years!
We used to visit the farm in the summer time every two years, however my mom! When my mother moved to the big city of Toronto, Ontario, she became a backyard farmer and composter carrying on her family farming tradition. I began helping my mother garden as a young child, she taught me valuable lessons in planting, harvesting and food preservation skills. All these years later I’ve been utilizing this and it’s been working out fantastic for me. Luckily for me, both my parents were award winning gardeners so pulling weeds or fresh carrots comes naturally.
So then is it challenging down in Florida? Do you have to learn different practices to grow in that climate?
Well, gardening is pretty much the same wherever you go. IT’s just the conditions and the climate. In Florida there is a sandy soil, where my parents lived it was a deep rich soil. You have to plant things things that grow well
I’m in climate zone 9b, it’s way different climate. They get snow and here we don’t get any snow, we hardly get any freezes?
My mother taught me, she was a big time composter of our organic kitchen waste. In fact, she had 3 bins under the sink.
She didn’t use toxic chemicals as there were few available when she grew up, instead she did pest control by hand and by natural methods. She would plant different plants with different vegetables using companion planting as well.
They had to learn how to grow their own food and preserve it or they didn’t eat. So they had to learn quick!
And probably some of it was passed on from generation to generation!
Yes, of course.
It is winter, but you can grow crops in Florida all year long.
I grew delicious Beefsteak tomatoes just like my mother did. We also had great success growing a wide variety of herbs, including our own organic oregano and basil.
ended up growing delicious
What are pineapples like to grow?
So you can just eat the pineapple and grow a new one?
I think I knew that about strawberries, or at least I thought they would send runner out.
Yes, it’s like recycling the whole plant!
And fruit is so expensive, I hoping to add more fruit to our garden next year!
my sunflowers did great
they are wonderful
I would like to design a permaculture garden to maximize my urban growing space.
Right now I have 2 raised beds, and when I mean raised beds they are like 3 feet off the ground, you don’t have to bend over at all! Using raised bed gardens is a great way to grow food and not injure your back in the process!! My husband built these.
Me Too! What’s he building them out of ? What’s he making them out of 2x4s?
I’m excited to take the soil out next year and paint them like my beehives! We want to do the same thing with our raised beds! Make it more impressive!
My husband’s a graphic designer and they just look great!
I painted a mailbox for my mom years ago I thought would be a great place to keep my pruners and tools.
Pumpkins, they were devoured by some grey larvae. I haven’t had any luck with pumpkins.
They start to grow, they’re great if you sprout them chop off the leaves and eat them! But as far as actually growing any pumpkins they just keep getting eaten!
Last year my friend Dacia gave me a pumpkin right after Halloween and that’s what I am hoping is going to work for us. She got it from a local grower and it grew right out of her compost pile.
Someone recommended to me, that I could actually spray pumpkins with a kaolin clay and that would coat them and prevent them from eating by this larve.
I have to do some more investigation and see how that’s used and applied.
Let us know or I’ll see if I can do some investigation. My mom’s biggest struggle is the squirrels want to eat them when she puts them out at Halloween. I told her put clay pumpkins out.
I’m gonna look in there.
you can actually grow a seminal pumpkin
They’re like mini gourds
they’ve been growing them and selling them
heat will kill them when it’s 90º+ but it’s great for growing peppers! Peppers grow like weeds. We grow bell peppers and jalopenos!
Do you make salsa? I need a good salsa recipe. What do you do with all your peppers?
We eat them in salad
sauté them with other vegetables a lot of time
I chop them all up, not the corn, I grow corn, not too much it’s an experiment. We’re growing peaches and cream corn this year.
It sounds delicious!
almost everything is fresh!
not too much that I don’t grow
I like to eat organic that’s why I grow a lot of stuff I want to know where a lot of my stuff is coming from!
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Pulling weeds and deterring pests!
I don’t like pulling weeds, it used to be a chore of mine when I was little.
I never wanted to do it!
They never did anything with toxic chemicals! They were all organic. It was like a little garden tool! It was like a little weed popper! IDK what you call it but it was almost like a golf club but it has like a hammers head and throw them in the compost bin!
Do you feel like you do thing now to reduce your weeds like mulch etc. I find with mulch and having such a water shortage at our house if there is no weeds where you don’t water.
Just recently when I bought my
There are a lot of weeds that I used to pull that in the last couple of weeks since I’ve been following the guide, I’m actually not pulling them and I have bees
it’s right be side my behave
sorrel looks like shamrocks
it’s bee-fedd and I’m gonna keep them
thistle with the little yellow flowers
trying to keep my bees nourished and healthy!
It’s a community composting project, where I encourage all of my neighbors to drop off their compost so i can compost it in the garden so I can grow fruits and vegetables that nourish bees and butterflies and keep them healthy so I can grow organic food and return the surplus! IT’s fantastic.
How is that working for you? Do you give them a bucket? I love this idea! How is it all working?
People can drop off their paper bags, drop off to me, on my door step, really any day of the week, my husband is retired and he can turn it to them.
I just turn it into garden soil. I know some people, they have a few acres of property. I take them the excess if I can’t use it all.
we should composting food on the surface of the earth!
instead of sending it to the landfill
this is how people created garden soil
The big questions people have been asking me, with my garden course, because I start with healthy soil, and I think composting and personally I think it’s an easy clean garden job. But they are worried about getting animals in it. Do you get animals in your compost?
no I started experimenting with a tiny little old-fashioned apple barrel!
I started composting originally in that, I wanted to see how it would do?
it doesn’t smell
bucket or something, something that breathes, because wood breathes
that’s why I picked that little basket the first time.
it doesn’t smell it doesn’t smell at all
if you are just using organic scraps it doesn’t smell. If you add, potato peels,
don’t add potato peels
that I learned quickly
potato products will attract rodents!
whenever you can.
We keep our pitchfork in there so it’s easy to turn when you walk by.
don’t get a chance
what I did
it’s so funny
metal lid that had a little hole
I was seeing lizards sitting on top of the lid where the whole was, waiting for the fruit flies to come out so they could eat them.
then I have all these black soldier fly worms they were voracious. They ate through
I thought this is nature at work!
what I ended up doing
I needed more
put stuff in a bigger area
go back with a rake and I turn everything! It’s really great!
The only thing is if you put onion peels in there they will smell for a couple of days, until they start decomposing, other then that it doesn’t smell,
I have never had an issue with anything getting in there, any kind of vermin
What I do, I have a fake decoy owl sitting on a pole. Maybe that’s why!
Say hello to all my plants, and my bees, and all the butterflies in my garden!
I wanna make it a really pleasant place!
We’re all a part of nature! I like to connect with everything, including the trees!
I have my favorite trees!
I love all of this, we talk about building an organic oasis, not just growing vegetables because we want you to create a beautiful place to hang out in.
I go barefoot in my garden all year round. I want to feel the dirt under my feet and between our toes.
You and I are different there!
I also live in Florida, the standard shoe is flip flops.