In and between all of the busyness, I have had the pleasure of visiting some awesome urban farms and interviewing amazing farmers for the City Farming project. This week, Jill Green of Sweet Life Garden gave me a tour of her Arcadia property. This is not the first time that I have visited the garden, and I am always awed by its beauty and productivity. Even in the hot Arizona summertime, it is gorgeous (not at all crispy and brown, like my own personal garden.)
Before, all of our gardens had been in the ground and we would dump stuff in there (and dump and dump and dump,) and then we would plant. But it would just dry out, and there would be all these weeds and it was just not productive. When I read her book, I thought this was a good way to do it and we started doing the layering method. And then we also did raised beds, which, for us were so much easier because you can contain your soil and you can control it. And it gives almost as much produce as just laying it out in the (at grade) beds.”
- To learn more about building raised bed gardens and using the lasagna gardening method, visit Jill’s web tutorial, Gardening in a Box.
- Purchase Patricia Lanza’s book, Lasagna Gardening, here.
- Watch a video tour of the garden here.
- Read the full interview and view more photos of Sweet Life Garden below.