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Word mentor and urban farmer Tracey Cook shares her hard-earned tips on starting and growing a thriving garden on a small plot of land. Fiona Bramble finds Tracey in her Fairfield greenhouse on a June afternoon.

September 15, 2015

 

May I call you Farmer T? Ha! Yes, I

guess that fits!

 

Your garden looks amazing! What

words come to mind when you think

about your garden? Self-sufficiency,

resourcefulness, resilience, gratitude,

nourishment. Oh, and patience! And

harmony. I see a simple beauty in

vegetables: the elegance of a bed of

leeks; a smiling pumpkin to cheer you

each morning; the steady generosity

of a zucchini.

 

What is your one indispensable tool? Compost. Feed your garden as your garden feeds you. As often as you can, add compost, manure, leaf mulch and SEAWEED! We live on an island, people! The seaweed harvest is my favourite fall farming ritual and you can find me with my fork and a wheelbarrow on the beaches after storms, harvesting the washed-up kelp to add minerals to my soil.

 

Any other advice for budding growers? Keep a gardening journal to remind you from year to year what worked and what didn’t, where you planted stuff (crucial to know for crop rotation), when you started the seeds, and other useful information. Also: don’t rule out the ability to grow a certain vegetable before you try a bunch of different varieties. I never had much luck with cucumbers until last year when I finally found the variety that seems perfect for the conditions in my yard. It’s all a grand experiment—farmer as curious scientist.

 

 

 

 

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AS A WORD MENTOR, TRACEY SHARES HER EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE TO HELP THE HERE! MAGAZINE TEAM CREATE A LANGUAGE AND CULTURE RESOURCE. CLICK TO VIEW, DOWNLOAD, OR PRINT OUR SUMMER ISSUE LESSON.

Roosters and chickens and raccoons, oh my!  Tracey shares the challenges of adding animals to your urban farm. Click to hear the funny/sad story of Sunny the Rooster and his hen friends.

YOU CAN MEET TRACEY AND SEE HER WONDERFUL GARDEN FOR YOURSELF AS HER “HUMBLE LITTLE GARDEN” WILL BE ONE OF THOSE FEATURED IN THE URBAN FARM TOUR IN VICTORIA B.C. ON SEPTEMBER 12TH

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