Growing a vegetable garden is so much more than just growing vegetables. There is something grounding about tilling soil and watching plants evolve that adds a huge dimension to our lives. For me, it’s very comforting to be surrounded with green bounty. Like a cocoon, or an oasis, rustling leaves and fresh scents add to our home’s nurturing outdoor environment. For this reason, I recommend incorporating fruits and vegetables close to gathering areas. Having vegetable gardens hidden in back corners, cut off from interaction, does not allow its full benefits to shine through.
So before I get back to the Pitt Meadows vegetable garden, I need to bring you up-to-speed with our back deck renovation. Our house had its main living space on the ground floor while both of our neighbours had their living space on the upper floor. This posed a privacy delemia for us, as each neighbour could look down on our outdoor activities.
We started with a “wanted” list for the backyard deck, placing privacy firmly at the top. The other wanted items were: solid fence, hot tub, dining space, bbq, entertainment space, garden tool shed, larger vegetable garden, all together in a serene atmosphere. Here are the photos of what we built, bit by bit, over 4 years.
Another convenience that we added to our garden area was a vegetable washing sink. The sink part was found at the Recycling center for $5. I built a sink table stand with some leftover garden planks and a few fence post ends. The sink came with some plumbing attached so Dave just added a couple more pieces of piping to direct the waste water away from my feet and into the garden.
It is becoming hard to tell where the living space ends and vegetable garden begins which is just the feel that we were going for …
Living is Nourishing