growing produce to supply our restaurant
vegetables, fruits, edible flowers and more directly from our garden to our menu
At the beginning of 2016 we planted our Estate Garden with the long-term goal of providing our Restaurant with 100% of its produce needs using the smallest footprint possible. To accomplish this, we teamed up with a local Permaculture team to design & plant a garden that would accomplish this. Learn more about the design and planting ▶
WHAT WE're HARVESTING THIS MONTH
kale, basil, mint, oregano & pansies. See our current lunch menu ▶
Why chase a permacultre design?
The goal of using permaculture as it relates to a vegetable garden is to develop a self-sustaining, permanent ecosystem that is extremely productive and require few outside inputs. Understandably so this required very intentional structural design that would work hand-in-hand with plant selection, with especial consideration given to the following:
Designing this garden was really about determining how we could create a living, symbiotic ecosystem. With the exception of a few ground cover species, the entire garden is edible and each plant has at least one, if not more, functions. We have a mix of annual crops that will rotate with the seasons, and perennials that will produce, flower or serve a beneficial use year round.
edible pansies hiding in a bed of spicy arugula
The perimeter of the garden is planted to native species that require low maintenance, and an insectary hedge with consistent flowering that will attract beneficial bugs year round. The second layer (upper and lower beds) feature the more abundant and invasive perennials that would dominate some of the annuals. The middle of the garden contains those annual plants that grow abundantly.
array of annual leafy greens in the middle of the garden
Every surface will be planted to make it productive. This is the opposite of monocrop or row farming, as we have a mix of perennial & annual plants that have been selected and oriented to maximize space - if we built a wall, we’re going to have tomato vines on it. We eschewed raised beds in the middle of the garden in favor of a mounded keyhole design for added space. Even the floor between plants itself is living – planted to sage & other plants that have such vigorous growth that foot traffic actually helps keep them under control.
Soil for the keyhole mound design is heavily mushroom compost based, which retains moisture more than normal soils. We encouraged this even further by covering every surface of the garden with plants. Inclusive of the living floor, we are minimizing direct sunlight to the soil & minimizing loss to evaporation.
garden design plans and seasonal planting diagram