In the early part of 2020 we found ourselves on a small island off the coast of Western Canada. With borders closing and with that the prospect of returning to France fading, we began to build a garden on the rocky shore by our cabin. Below are the steps we took to make soil, build sandstone beds, seed, plant, grow and harvest what worked well, watching what did not in a curious state of experimentation. Wind storms, salt air, rocky earth, and temperature shifts were new. Cabbage, arugula, potatoes, chard, peas, kale and especially chard were the vegetables that grew well and that we ate all summer.
Stones collected from the property to build raised beds.
Alder branches and logs collected from the forest down the road to start the hugelkultur process.