Mixed veg gardening
This was an exciting participatory research project. The first stage of the research was undertaken in 2011 in partnership with Cumbria University. 50 association members partcipated in the trials. The basic idea was to test growing annual vegetables within a polyculture approach - growing them all together rather than in lines or blocks. Read the booklet to find out more about mixed veg gardening.
You can read the results from the trials here.
Our collaboration in GROW Observatory offers a new opportunity to take part in a mixed veg experiment - this one comparing polycultures and monocultures. Find out more and sign up here. The experiment starts from 1 May 2018. There's also an associated online course called "Living soils growing food" starting 16th April, The course will help you learn more about regenerative approaches to growing food and about experimenting in, and learning from, your own growing space. Join a community of like-minded growers keen to learn and get a head start on the experiment.
Thanks to the original Mixed Veg working group - Naomi, Tomas, Roz and Ian - to Garden Organic for their insights in how to run member experiments, and to the following seed companies for providing free seed for the trials:
- Edwin Tucker & sons LTD
- Beans and Herbs at The Herbary
- Garden Organic Ryton
- Chase Organics LTD.
Some of the original inspiration for the Mixed Veg project came from Nepal. Read about it in the Farmers Handbook developed by Chris Evans. Feel free to use this information to run your own experiment - if you do, please do send us your results and experiences.