Daily Life at the Centre

Here are a few more pictures from this past week at Nature’s Gift Permaculture Centre. We’ve been busy in both the residential and commercial gardens. In the residential garden the interns have been hard at work weeding, building beds, composting, and planting.

Wednesday was a beautiful day and all eight of us residents spent it getting the Residential Garden into shape. In this picture you can see Pierre double digging a new bed and Michelle preparing beds that she and I later planted. Alberto spent the day building a french drain while Colin, Stevie, and Tom built a yard for our chickens.

The Centre cat, Zena, thought the bed of lettuce and potatoes that Michelle and I planted was a nice new litter box.

In the commercial garden, along with the weekly chores, the gardeners were able to build 8 new herb beds, seen in this picture. In the next week we will be planting the beds full of basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, cayenne peppers, ginger, and more.

Every Friday we wake up early to harvest, wash, and package vegetables for our weekly veg box delivery. Here we’re sorting the produce into piles to distribute to the boxes. By 8:30 we are in the truck and on the road to make our deliveries.

Life at the Centre has settled into a nice routine. There are always interesting projects to work on and chores to be done. And as always I continue to learn a lot. For example, this week I learned that when smashing chili peppers to make a bug spray it’s a good idea to wear gloves.

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4 Responses to Daily Life at the Centre

  1. Land Wilson says:

    I want to hear more about the chili pepper bug spray…

  2. ccarlton says:

    We crush chili peppers, marigold, and onions and then dilute them in a bucket of water. After letting it sit for a day we use a brush to spray it on the plants so that it tastes bad to the bugs. You can also use soap in the mixture, depending on what type of insects you’re targeting. There are many different mixtures out there you can use, if you’re having trouble with a specific insect I’d recommend doing an internet search using the bug’s name and the term “integrated pest management”.

  3. Aaron Brown says:

    That is amazing! I am loving the blog and hope you are doing great! Sorry I have been bad about emailing, but this semester is NUTS! I promise to get back to you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Dani G. says:

    Ah, yes. The fated chili lesson. LOL. Dani from LPP here – please watch for an email from me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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