Talbot Gardens family forest garden
The aim of the project is to grow low maintenance food and to increase biodiversity in a small urban
The house was occupied by Rakesh's parents, who loved gardening and growing their own food, but were getting too old to handle any intense physical work. We therefore created a low maintenance forest garden around the edges of the garden with a mixed annual/perennial growing space in the middle for a variety of conventional/unconventional vegetables.
The design specification was to design mundane physical work out of the garden. Hence we looked at and addressed the following:
- Weeding: Cover soil with ground cover plants, which are edible, insect attracting or nutrient cycling
- Watering: Plenty of trees cycle wayet and help the mostly perennial plants under to not need watering. The area that does need more water is fed by an overspil from a greywater treatment system.
- Composting: An in-situ composting susyem invented by Rakesh means we only need to add organic matter to the bin, and the nutrients are moved by nature to where they are needed. No need for turning, or working in any way
- Planting: Using 99% perennials and self seeders, means there is no need to seed and bring annuals on (unless you have time time and patience)
- Harvesting: This is the only regular work that is necessary. But if you forget occasionally, then the fruits will decompose, and feed the soil
Since the design, Rakesh's parents both passed away. So the garden was largely abanoned until COVID. Rakesh started living there during the lockdown, and got 80% of his food from the garden.
How to arrange a visit:
By appointment only. Email me to arrangements.
Sustainable transport options:
Overground train to Goodmayes (via Liverpool Street or Stratford). 10 minutes walk from the station.
Rakesh "Rootsman Rak"
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